Certain older models won't be eligible to enter Mountain Lions' lairPublish date: 12 July 2012 by Ryan Noik
Disturbing news for older MacBook owners has surfaced, suggesting that only some of Apple’s range will be able to give the latest operating system (OS), Mountain Lion
, a home.
According to Apple’s upgrade page
, the compatible models include the following:
- 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)
Machines that were released prior to those listed above, will apparently not hear the Mountain Lion roar, tonight, or any night soon.
This is potentially sad news for those who favour holding on to and even using their technology gadgets for longer than six years; but good news for those who are itching for a spouse-proof reason that they ‘need’ to upgrade.
The company has also advised users who are anticipating upgrading to first check what version of the OS they are running. Lion (10.7.x) users are automatically ready to initiate the update. However, those running Snow Leopard (10.6.x), need to update to the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard (v10.6.8) before buying OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store.
According to Ars Technica
, the reason behind the exclusion has nothing to do with hardware ageism and is more related to graphics issues (and possibly drivers) in older models.
In related news, Apple recently unveiled its new MacBook updates, including a MacBook with a tempting Retina display and an equally formidable price.