OSX Mountain Lion Requirements

iWork in the CloudI’m wondering if my Macbook Pro will run OSX Mountain Lion when it’s released later this month (supposedly). I’ve been waiting patiently for iCloud to sync iWork documents like Dropbox, and it might happen in Mountain Lion:

iCloud keeps the latest version of your documents on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. When you edit a document, the changes appear across all your devices.

And for $19, I’m in! I expect you will be too, unless your Mac is more than couple years old…

Is Apple Screwing Your Older Mac Out of Mountain Lion?

Here’s the link to Apple’s official requirements page. Interesting stuff there…

It looks like Apple is giving older Macs the shaft – even if your Mac has enough juice (HD space & RAM), you may not be able to run OSX because the age of your Mac… That blows.

Look at the tech requirements:

  • 2GB of memory
  • 8GB of available space

If your Macbook has all that, you should be able to run Mountain Lion right?

Wrong.

Apple shows the “Supported Models” are:

  • 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)

Kinda looks like they’re bending you over based on the age of your Mac and not much else.

Maybe, Maybe Not

I’m not a software developer, or the head of the most valuable company in the world… so it’s very possible Apple has other technical reasons for denying older Macs this software upgrade.

Maybe the older Macs don’t have the juice to run Mountain Lion. We’ll never know for sure, but it doesn’t look good.

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