Check Here If Your Mac Can Get Mountain Lion

With Mountain Lion reaching Gold Master status, it means Apple is almost ready to ship the latest version of Mac OS X to customers. Some older Macs, however, won't be eligible for the upgrade.

According to Apple, your Mac has to be newer than one of the following models to use Mountain Lion. Most of the cutoff points are set at five-year-old computers, which is reasonable enough, but the poor Mac Mini has a low kill date of three years. If that tiny Mac of yours is older than three years, you're not getting Mountain Lion. Here's the list of computers eligible:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 aluminium, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Apple didn't specify why computers older than the ones listed can't get Mountain Lion, but Ars Technica speculates that it's because of a graphics issue with certain 64-bit computers. Some of Apple's older machines have 32-bit graphic drivers, and Mountain Lion won't load them, which make those greying machines incompatible with Mountain Lion. Time to get a new computer! [Apple via Ars Technica]



    "Time to get a new computer!" Haha, either that or just learn to live with Lion, its not that bad!

    Judging by this list, if your computer is too old to run Mountain Lion, it should be running Snow Leopard anyway.

      I would have downgraded to snow leopard from Lion anyway if it didn't seem like such a mission and my MBP is well capable of running any of them.

    Really ,you can't upgrade an OS because of graphic drivers?
    Just goes to show that Apple can't code for shit.

      Really informed view buddy. It's their ability to code that has dictated the lack of support for older graphics hardware in Mountain Lion. Of course. Why didn't I see that before?

    What if my Mac Pro has an upgraded video card?
    I took out the one that came with my 2007 v1,1 Mac Pro and upgraded to a ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB graphics.
    Still long in the tooth now but is it compatible?

      You need to have an Intel Core 2 Duo 64 bit chip at least to run ML. Graphics card counts for zero without the right CPU.

    Well i'm glad the 2010 mbp can run it, coz i've got mountain lion on it at the moment, and it's a dream.
    The new voice diction is just sublime!!!!

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