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Yes, it’s nearly time for another release of OS X. The new version, Mountain Lion, is scheduled to be released sometime this month (though the date has not yet been revealed). Apple has now released the official list of hardware that will be supported by OS X Mountain Lion.

The good news is that most recent Mac hardware is included – but the exclusion of a few recent models may cause consumers to feel slighted. Here is Apple’s bullet-point list of models which will be supported:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, 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)

The safest users are those who own iMacs or the MacBook Pro as models that are up to nearly five years old will be supported. The MacBook Air and Mac Pro are also in relatively good shape, though it’s worth noting that the first version of the MacBook Air is now out of Apple’s good graces.

MacBook and Mac Mini owners, on the other hand, may not be happy with this announcement. Some models of these products that are only a hair beyond three years old will be left looking at Mountain Lion’s behind. This includes all of the non-unibody plastic MacBooks.

Why have those models been dropped? Apparently it has to do with the 64-bit nature of Mountain Lion. Some of the Macs that will not be supported have 64-bit CPUs but also have GPUs with 32-bit graphics drivers. Mountain Lion does not support 32-bit kernel extensions and Apple apparently does not want to invest time and money into developing new 64-bit drivers for these older machines. This means waving goodbye to some hardware that isn’t particularly old.


How do you feel about this? Is your Mac able to run Mountain Lion?

Source: Ars Technica

  1. Quinn Haine
    September 16, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    It's a little disappointing that Apple has left out some machines that are not that old, because they won't allow 32-bit kernel extensions, and won't develop the required drivers for those machines.

  2. Nogueira
    July 14, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Apple is giving to us, consumers, another kick in the back. I have a MacBook early 2008. Now, what? I will stay stuck on Snow Leopard, because Lion is a battery consumer. I have to say that I don't trust Apple nevermore. On the other hand, for what I have been reading, Windows 8 has the ability to not only make new machines shine, but also an ability to resurrect the many old “boat anchor” PCs laying around that so many of us had give up on.

    • Matt Smith
      July 15, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      I lean more in the upset direction myself. Apple is literally sitting on billions of dollars, so I'm not sure why they're unable to put a little effort into updating old drivers.

  3. P.F. Bruns
    July 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I have a late 2006 Macbook (white) that will not support Mountain Lion, and I'm not at all upset. For one thing, Apple will continue to support Lion for longer than my projected remaining ownership of the device (I plan to upgrade to a new MBP in March 2013). For another, I'm the second owner of this laptop, and all I've had to replace due to wear was the battery. (I swapped out hard disk drives, but that was voluntary.)

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