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Apple has knocked $30 off the price of MacOS X for users who've already bought the next-generation operating system's Public Beta release.

According to MacCentral, Apple has emailed a number of buyers with the offer, valid only if they order before 14 March. MacOS X ships ten days later, on 24 March.

There's nothing philanthropic here - it's simply an attempt to build up volume of the operating system's initial shipments, allowing Apple to crow on subsequently about just how successful launch the was.

That said, for Mac owners who have spent $29.99 (or £24.95 over here in the UK) on the Public Beta, the offer essentially means they will get that software for free. MacOS X 1.0 will cost $129.

What's not clear at this stage is whether the offer is universal, or only for users who sent in feedback emails. Says the email: "Thank you for being one of the pioneers who beta tested Mac OS X. Your feedback has helped make Mac OS X the world's most advanced operating system."

Whatever, the Public Beta expires on 15 May, so anyone who wants to use the OS beyond that date will need to cough up. ®

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