if my mac os x is on version 10.5.8, how would i go about upgrading it to the newest version, would i have to buy all of the disks?

With my current version, i cant even use itunes or iphoto without having to update, so id like to update to 10.8.5 or later. Im currently on version 10.5.8. How would I update it though? Should i order all of the disks or go to the apple store. My mac is a dinosaur but i want the software to be up to date...

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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  • Best Answer:

    First . . . do you have an Intel-based Mac? PowerPC Macs are not supported with OS 10.6 and later.

    If your Mac model and year is supported by the various later versions of the OS, and you have enough memory (minimum 1GB for OS10.6, 2GB for everything afterwards) then you are good to go.

    Upgrading is a two step process.

    1) Install OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and update to OS 10.6.8. (with OS 10.6.8 the App Store app is installed, which allows you to download and install OS 10.7 through OS 10.11 (El Capitan). Snow Leopard is only available on disk from the online Apple Store.

    2) From OS 10.6.8 you can upgrade directly to any later version of the OS (provided the OS supports your Mac).

    For OS versions 10.7 or 10.8, one purchases a redemption code from the online Apple Store, then downloads and installs using the App Store app. For OS 10.11 one goes directly through the App Store app to install. (OS 10.9 through 10.11 are free, but OS 10.9 and OS 10.10 are no longer available. Any Mac that can run OS 10.9 or OS 10.10 can also run OS 10.11.)