We all knew that this one was coming, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise to Apple owners, as Apple famously tends to drop support for older hardware.
Mountain Lion is the codename for Apple's latest software release coming to its Mac range of computers. It is coming out sometime this month and will be distributed digitally via the Mac App Store and adds many new features to compatible systems.
If you're lucky enough to be getting the latest big-cat variant from Apple, you must be at least on:
- 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)
Nobody likes being cut off from software updates, but this is the harsh reality with gadgetry, eventually everything will end up going unsupported. The problem being compatibility.
Apple is known to pull the plug on their products in order to ensure a consistent experience for all users, which it is famous for, so this should come as no surprise to Mac owners.
While you may not get this upgrade, it's not like your Mac will stop working overnight, so don't worry. You should, however, start planning for an upgrade path, so you aren't left in the dust come time for a crititcal security update, etc.
While it is good practice to have a system only run software that it is capable of running, nobody likes to be left out in the cold.
Looks like it might be time to get ready to plan an upgrade if you want to take advantage of Cupertino's latest and greatest.
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