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Links to index-site.com are obsolete. If you still have a link to index-site.com, please update it to macmaps.com* 10.10.5 is now the latest operating system, please read My upgrade FAQ before proceeding
Note: Apple in 2012 discontinued the links of docs.info.apple, kbase.info.apple, and kbnum. Any italicized links below which remain in this format, are because Apple did not inform Archive.org of their new location before discontinuing the new kbase link. If you find an alternative download site that has the original Apple download for these links, please submit feedback to my website Below you will find a quick easy reference guide to the individual intermediate updates for Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan, Sierra which were Apple's Mac OS X 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12 operating systems. Note, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, Leopard, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion themselves are only available for purchase. Mavericks, Yosemite, and El Capitan are available for "free" (older software written for PowerPC Macs may require a paid update to become compatible before
installing 10.7 or later) download for those with 10.6.8 or later. Previous operating systems you can find at Used and Refurbished Mac shops. You may also be able to find Leopard by calling Apple's retail online store phone number, though not from their website directly.
No Mac may run an older operating system than it shipped with (links to the Mac OS X Upgrade FAQ, where at the beginning there are articles which explain why this is the case), and you need to use either the disks which came with the Mac, or newer retail disks to install Puma (10.1), Jaguar (10.2), Panther (10.3), Tiger (10.4), and Leopard (10.5) retail titles. For each disc, its retail CD logo is shown below: Puma (10.1) there is , Jaguar (10.2) there is , Panther (10.3) , Tiger (10.4) , Leopard (10.5) , and Snow Leopard 10.6 . None says Update.
In addition, there are security updates which are not listed in the tables below, though are included with some of these updates. I may not be able to give the latest update. But you can use an internet search engine to search for an update using 'support.apple.com DL name of update' and usually get the download link.
Note, 10.6.8 Security Update 2012-001 version 1.1 repairs 1.0's disabling of several Rosetta (Rosetta indicates programs designed for pre-2006 Macs that used the PowerPC CPU) applications and drivers. The update is also available via Apple menu -> Software Update known as version 1.1
Pay close attention to the security update prerequisites, as not all work with all versions of Mac OS X. All updates should have the precautions listed on the Upgrade FAQ applied to them before installing the update.
Apple has published a very informative article on the size of software update files in Article 25799.
This page was spun off the Mac OS X speed FAQ section on the updates.
|10.2 update to||10.2.1||10.2.2 Combo||10.2.3 combo||10.2.4 info Delta 10.2.4 Combo||10.2.5 info Combo Delta||10.2.6 info Delta Combo<||10.2.8*|
|10.2.1 update to||10.2.2 or Combo||10.2.3||10.2.4 info Delta Combo||10.2.5 info Delta Combo||10.2.6 info Delta Combo||10.2.8*|
|10.2.2 update to||10.2.3 info Delta 10.2.3 combo||10.2.4 info Combo||10.2.5 info Combo||10.2.6 info Combo||10.2.8*|
|10.2.3 update to||10.2.4 or 10.2.4 combo||10.2.5||10.2.6 info Delta Combo||10.2.8*|
|10.2.4 update to||10.2.5 info or 10.2.5 combo||10.2.6 info Delta Combo||10.2.8*|
|10.2.5 update to||10.2.6 or 10.2.6 combo||10.2.8*|
|10.2.6 and 10.2.7 non-G5 update to 10.2.8* or combo update to 10.2.8*||10.2.7 G5 only update 10.2.8*||10.2.8* 6R65 to 10.2.8 6R73|
* 10.2.8 release 6R65 was pulled due to an issue with ethernet on some G4 450s and 500 Mhz models. Other issues have been reported on C!Net (formerly Macfixit) and Apple Discussions Board, and whether they directly correlate with the 6R65 10.2.8 update is uncertain. Release 6R73 is in the 10.2.8 updates above. You can tell the version of 10.2.8 you have installed by selecting About This Mac from the Apple menu and clicking on the Option button when you click on the Mac OS X version in the About This Mac window. Upgrading to 10.2.8 is not recommended for those who have a Mac older than 10.2.7's release of August 2003. Instead if you need 10.2.8's compatibility, purchase Mac OS X 10.3, and take the firewire issues prior to installing Panther.
Note that while the combo update lists it is only for 10.2.0 to 10.2.5 on the download page, its more detailed info page says it is for 10.2.0 to 10.2.7 non-G5s. The same is true of the download page for the 10.2.6 update to 10.2.8, listing itself as an update for 10.2.6 and 10.2.7 non-G5 more detailed info page. 10.2.7 is not available as a separate upgrade, and was only released on certain Mac models and their restore CDs between the release of 10.2.6 and 10.2.8. It was however the first release to include USB 2 drivers built-in, and 10.2.8 improved those drivers.
As both download pages link to their more info page, I would give Apple feedback if you find that confusing, so the pages are more consistant.
Delta info Download
No Combo. Delta.
|10.3.5 Retail disc, no downloads anymore||10.3.6
Combo no longer available, Delta
Combo Delta no longer available
10.3.1, and 10.3.2 both only come in delta update variations. 10.3.3 once again comes in combo and single version updates.
please read the Panther caution note prior to installing 10.3.
PPC Combo* PPC Delta
Combo for Intel Intel Delta
PPC Combo PPC Delta
Combo for Intel Intel Delta
PPC Combo PPC Delta
** Combo for Intel Intel Delta
PPC Combo PPC Delta
Combo for Intel Intel Delta
PowerPC Delta PowerPC Combo
Intel Delta (version 1.1) Intel Combo (version 1.1)
Combo Intel Combo PowerPC
Delta PowerPC Delta Intel
|10.5.1||10.5.2 Combo and No Delta listed, except on Software Update.||10.5.3 Combo and Delta||10.5.4 Combo and Delta||10.5.5 Combo and Delta||10.5.6 Delta and 10.5.6 Combo||10.5.7 combo and 10.5.7 Delta||10.5.8 Combo and 10.5.8 Delta|
|10.6.1||10.6.2 Delta 10.6.2 Combo||10.6.3 v1.1 Delta and 10.6.3 v1.1 Combo||10.6.4 Combo, 10.6.4 Delta, 10.6.4 Mac Mini Mid 2010||10.6.5 Combo 10.6.5 Delta||10.6.6 Delta, 10.6.6 Combo||10.6.7 for early 2011 MacBook Pro, 10.6.7 Combo, 10.6.7 Delta, 10.6.7 font update to all previous updates||10.6.8 delta v1.1 (7/25/2011) and Combo v1.1 (7/25/2011), and the followup Thunderbolt update for 2011 iMacs and MacBook Pros for installation after 10.6.8. 10.6.8 2013 Security Update 004, 2013-005 Java update (note Java is not current until Mac OS X 10.7.3 from Java.com, and requires losing compatiblity with Rosetta.|
|10.7.1 update, and 10.7.1 MacBook Air MacBook Mini||10.7.2 Combo and 10.7.2 Delta||10.7.3 Client Combo and 10.7.3 Delta 10.7.3 iMac Late 2009 to March 2012 WiFi Update||10.7.4 Combo and 10.7.4 Delta||10.7.5 Combo, Supplemental to both Combo and Delta and 10.7.5 Delta, and 10.7.5 Security Update 2014-004 followed by 10.7.5 Bash update.|
|10.8.1||10.8.2 Delta and 10.8.2 Combo, and Supplemental update to both delta and combo||10.8.3 Delta and 10.8.3 Combo||10.8.4 Delta and 10.8.4 Combo||10.8.5 Delta and 10.8.5 Combo (supplemental update of October 3rd already included), 2015-006 Mountain Lion Security Update|
|10.9.1***||10.9.2 Combo||10.9.3 combo, 10.9.3 Delta||10.9.4 Combo and Delta||10.9.5 combo and Delta and 2016-004 Security update|
|10.10.1||10.10.2 combo and Delta||10.10.3 Delta and Combo Update||10.10.4 Delta, and Combo update||10.10.5 Delta, and 10.10.5 Combo and Security Update 2016-007 Yosemite|
|10.11.1||10.11.2 Combo, and Delta||10.11.3 Delta and Combo||10.11.4 Combo and Delta||10.11.5 Combo and Delta||10.11.6 Delta and Combo and Security Update 2016-003 El Capitan|
|10.12.1||10.12.2 Delta and Combo||10.12.3 Delta and Combo|
Note with 10.9, Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, and El Capitan Apple have broken with tradition. If you are backed up, and compatible with 10.8, you should for the most part be compatible with 10.9, 10.10, and 10.11 (see my tip on printers for the big change in printers and scanners in 10.11).
and both are "free" to all users of 10.6.8 or later whom are compatible with it. "Free" is relative term as a lot of software compatible with 10.6.8 and earlier is not with 10.7 and later
as my Mac OS X native FAQ explains about Rosetta under the Intel section.
* 10.4.6 and later added an oddball feature. It is there in the readme, namely that it reboots twice on its own recognizance. This does not happen with every update, but it is not a bug. Do not interrupt the machine's reboots!
10.4.5 was the first operating system update made for Intel Macs, and 10.4.6 was the first to offer a combo update for both 10.4.4 and 10.4.5 users on Intel Macs.
** WiFI and 10.4.8 seem to not agree with each other under certain conditions. I've posted a thread on Apple Discussions, which I'm mirroring on my own website for the benefit of those who can't find a solution to the problem.
*** Due to a Critical security flaw, it is recommended all 10.9 and 10.9.1 users upgrade directly to Mac OS X 10.9.2. 10.9.1 download link has been removed from my listing, as this security flaw is not worth messing around with. It does not impact earlier versions of Mac OS X. A similar flaw was corrected on iPhones, iPad, iPod Touch with the iOS updates below (iOS 5.x and earlier are unaffected).
Users of iOS 6 or later should upgrade to 6.1.6
Users of iOS 7 or later should upgrade to 7.0.6
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