Contrary to initial reports, it turns out that the Snow Leopard install disc will run on Tiger based Macs, essentially making the upgrade to Snow Leopard $29 for all users running spec-worthy Macs. When Apple first announced Snow Leopard pricing, it said that Tiger owners would have to pay a full upgrade price of $149, in recognition of the fact that they never upgraded to Leopard. Turns out, that that isn’t the case.
In a certain respect, it makes sense. Selling the same piece of software at two different prices seemed more prone to cause headaches and user complaints than anything else. What would Apple have done when the inevitable influx of Tiger users began complaining that they purchased the wrong copy of Snow Leopard, tried to return it, and were then told they had to pay an extra $120?
And if any of you Tiger owners out there are wary, Wired was able to confirm that it installed Snow Leopard on a TIger based Mac. The only potential issue is that some older applications might not be fully supported by Apple’s new OS, but if you’re not tied to any important apps, seems like you’re good to go.
So there you have it, Snow Leopard is a $29 upgrade across the board, for all Mac users. Gotta love it.