It took a good half hour, but Apple has now activated OS X Mountain Lion’s free up-to-date program following this morning’s release, allowing users with a qualifying Mac to get their hands on the latest release without paying a penny. All you need to qualify is a new Mac purchased after June 11, 2012.
To get your free copy, simply fill out the quick and simple form on Apple’s website. You will then receive two emails: one with a PDF file containing your Mountain Lion redemption code for the Mac App Store, and another with a password that opens that PDF file.
All you need to do once you have your redemption code is paste it into the Mac App Store to begin your download.
Anyone who purchased a Mac between June 11 and July 25 — whether it was from Apple’s online store, and Apple retail store, or an Apple authorized reseller — is entitled to a free update to Mountain Lion, and you can make your claim up until August 24, 2012.
For those who purchase their machine after June 25, you’ll also be entitled to a free upgrade if your new Mac didn’t come with Mountain Lion pre-installed. You’ll have 30 days to make your claim, and you’ll need to use a different form on Apple’s website.
Apple states that you’ll receive your code within 24 hours of making your claim.