Here’s The List Of Macs That Will Be Able To Run OS X Mountain Lion

Here’s The List Of Macs That Will Be Able To Run OS X Mountain Lion

Will your Mac be able to run Mountain Lion? Apple has the official list.

While it’s already been revealed that there are certain spec requirements for installing Apple’s upcoming OS X Mountain Lion, certain 64-bit Macs will also be unable to run the new operating system when it ships this month. Following the release of the Mountain Lion GM to developers, Apple has an official list of current Mac models that are compatible with Mountain Lion.

If your Mac doesn’t support the current OS X Lion already, don’t expect to hop on the Mountain Lion bandwagon later this month.

According to Apple:

Your Mac must be one of the following models:

  • 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)

Apple also notes that, “If you are running Lion, you can find out if your current Mac qualifies by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choosing About This Mac, then clicking More Info.” If your Mac is part of the above list, you’re good to go.

Why is Apple abandoning its earliest 64-bit hardware? We agree with Ars Technica; the issue is likely “related to an updated graphics architecture that is designed to improve OS X’s graphics subsystem going forward.” The unsupported GPUs in Mountain Lion have drivers that are technically 32-bit KEXTs, and Apple is abandoning support for 32-bit in favor of the newer architecture.

OS X Mountain Lion will go on sale in the Mac App Store later this month for $20.

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  • Tallest_Skil

    Yeah, it’s all right here: http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/

    Apple is abandoning 32-bit chipsets. It doesn’t have anything to do with the existing 64-bit hardware of that time.

  • MacHead84

    This list has been out for over a month…I dont get why this is on every tech site today….I posted this official from apple list the day Apple did on their own website to CoM. So sad how one tech site picks up old news and every other site has to run the same old news story to appear relevant

  • BWinski

    There is also a utility called “Machine Profile” built by Micromat, Inc. version 1.0.4(139). It gives you a very quick snapshot of your MAC and what is the highest O/X that the machine can run….

    http://www.micromat.com

  • hdboy

    I have the late 2007 Mac Pro that isn’t on Apple’s Mountain Lion list. It is a 64-bit machine but it doesn’t also have the 64bit firmware that’s necessary for Mountain Lion. Apple was a little fast and loose with its marketing when this machine was first advertised as a new, 64-bit capable model.

    I have updated this machine with a 2010-era video card that works perfectly — the ATI Radeon HD 5770 — even though Apple does not list this card as being compatible. All Apple has to do is update the firmware on this Mac to allow it to work with Mountain Lion, and I can’t imagine why Apple doesn’t do this. I hope someone is able to devise a work-around.

  • sault

    hdboy, so the 2007 Mac Pro is capable?

  • markrlangston

    This list has been out for over a month…I dont get why this is on every tech site today….I posted this official from apple list the day Apple did on their own website to CoM. So sad how one tech site picks up old news and every other site has to run the same old news story to appear relevant

    I’d say it’s more of a friendly reminder that ML is on its way and to break the news to certain users now rather than later. Thankfully my Late 2008 MBP is on the list but I suspect this’ll be the last update I’ll be able to enjoy on this hardware.

    I applaud Apple for keeping 4-year old hardware in the mix. I don’t have AirPlay or AirDrop but I’m okay with that.

  • ChamFan

    I’ve been following this of late. Apparently some dude has ML running on a 2006 MacPro 1,1 with Xeons and a 64 bit graphics card. I have the same basic machine so that’s the way I’ll go too if at all possible. A new card is much less outlay than a new machine!
    (…and shame on apple for forcing loyal amateurs like me to have to go down a rarely trodden path!)

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