Mac App Store Won’t Let You Download OS X Mountain Lion If Your Mac Can’t Handle It [Rumor]

Mac App Store Won’t Let You Download OS X Mountain Lion If Your Mac Can’t Handle It [Rumor]

You won’t be able to purchase Mountain Lion if your Mac can’t handle it.

When Apple releases OS X Mountain Lion to the public later this month, the software will be available exclusively to the Mac App Store, just like its predecessor. However, this time around, the Mac App Store will confirm your system is capable of running the software before it allows you to purchase and download it.

According to 512 Pixels, when OS X Lion was released last July, users were able to purchase the software on any Intel Mac with the Mac App Store installed — whether or not their system had the specifications required to run it. That meant some users paid $30 for a piece of software they couldn’t install.

This time around, however, the Mac App Store will confirm your system is suitable before it lets you hand over any cash. The feature is already available for the OS X Mountain Lion betas, according to 512 Pixels.

One of the reasons for this, according to the report, is because Mountain Lion’s requirements are as simple as those for previous OS X releases, and users may be more likely to purchase it accidentally. With Leopard, for example, you needed a Mac with an 867MHz G4 processor or better — and that’s it. For Snow Leopard, the only requirement was an Intel processor, and for Lion, you needed at least an Intel Core2Duo processor.

But Mountain Lion requires a little more. You’ll need an Intel Mac running OS X 10.6.8 or later, with 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The list of systems supported is as follows:

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

Theoretically, then, even if you have one of these systems but you’ve maxed out your storage and you have less than 8GB remaining, the Mac App Store will make you free up some space before it allows you to purchase Mountain Lion.

We’ll see how well this feature works within the next few weeks.

  • joewaylo

    Just another way to make you fork money over and upgrade your system for $999 or higher.

  • Tallest_Skil

    So… just like Lion, then. So why’s this a rumor? Why would they change that?

    Just another way to make you fork money over and upgrade your system for $999 or higher.

    Yeah, you have no clue what you’re on about.

  • Jdsonice

    I assume that they will let loose an app that will check a system for compatibility. At lest I hope they do.

  • thegraphicmac

    Just another way to make you fork money over and upgrade your system for $999 or higher.

    Yep. Apple has embedded a microchip in your anus that sends a signal to your tiny brain informing you that you MUST upgrade to the latest OS version or face unspeakable acts involving a goat and possibly your family dog.

  • Shane Bryson

    So… just like Lion, then. So why’s this a rumor? Why would they change that?

    Actually no, not like Lion. Lion did not check to see if you system could run it before you downloaded it. At least not initially. And as much as Apple wanted people to think you couldn’t get Lion anywhere but the Mac App store, you could get it in the Apple store on USB flash drives.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I assume that they will let loose an app that will check a system for compatibility. At lest I hope they do.

    Why in the world do we need an entire app for that?

    Lion did not check to see if you system could run it before you downloaded it. At least not initially.

    So… JUST like Lion, then. Since it does it now.

  • Martin Dobson

    I don’t know what those first few guys are on about. My Mac Mini is ancient and I tried to upgrade on the first day from Snow Leopard to Lion. The Mac App store told me that my processor needed to be a Core 2 Duo or higher to run Lion, and it stopped the purchase. Nothing new here.

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