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Got my iMac. Where's my OS9?
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Jan 1, 2000, 07:23 PM
I just turned on my new strawberry iMac a short while ago, and was greeted by a MacOS 8.6 splash screen.

While I don't really care that much about getting 9, I do feel a little cheated. What's worse, I don't have an upgrade coupon. At least, I don't have an OBVIOUS upgrade coupon. Does anyone out there know what I should be looking for here? I thought it would be kind of obvious. Ah, well.

So far it's really great, in spite of only having 64mb. I can dig it!
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Jan 1, 2000, 09:22 PM
You can also add to your frustration the fact that iMacs (and iBooks) bundled with Mac OS 8.6 come with Quicken Deluxe 98 while those with Mac OS 9 include a copy of Quicken Deluxe 2000.

To answer your question why some come with 8.6 and others with 9 I can only say that even Apple Tech support reps are puzzled. A month after Mac OS 9 was out, Apple was shipping computers with 8.6 simply because they already had those boxed. We have received 8 iMacs on the same day in November. Strawberries and Limes came with 9, Tangerines came with 8.6. go figure....
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Jan 1, 2000, 09:29 PM
Look in the operators manual/setup guide/warranty book or whatever documentation packet you got. Should have some " Apple Software Proof of Purchase" coupons which is what you need to send in for the rebate. But remember, you have to register your system & software w/apple before you send in for the rebate! And dont get in a hurry to get the check, it will take AT LEAST 8 weeks!!! Good Luck.
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Jan 3, 2000, 02:28 PM
I just got my new iMac DV on 12/30/99, and it also came with OS 8.6, which annoyed me. In talking with Apple support, they said I can buy MacOS 9.0 for only $19.95 through Apple (vs. at least $65 from online retailers).
You can find a PDF of the form you need at
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