Here’s Mountain Lion’s minimum specification requirements

With Mountain Lion’s quiet announcement came a lot of questions about compatibility and price. While we don’t know exactly how Apple plans to charge for Mountain Lion just yet, we are starting to hear that Mountain Lion will be dropping support for some older Macs.

According to TUAW you’ll need to be running:

  • iMac (mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook aluminum edition: (13 inch 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook plastic edition: (early 2009 or newer)
  • Macbook Pro (2009, or late 2007 if you had a 17-inch version or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2008 or or newer)
  • Mac Mini (early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (early 2009 or newer)

I’m sure there will be a couple of people annoyed by the move, but to be honest, the minimum required specs seem to be pretty fair. We should note, however, that minimum spec requirements do not necessarily ensure that the operating system will be running in tip top shape. My MacBook Pro is a 2009 edition, running Lion. Lion works quite admirably, but I did notice some drastic differences in responsiveness after my move from Snow Leopard to Lion. We expect the same thing to happen with Mountain Lion. Heck, we should expect it to happen with any computer running a new operating system unless it was purchased the same day Snow Lion Mountain Lion comes out. If you’re adamant about running the latest OS, now’s the moment to upgrade.

If you want to check out what year your Mac was made, click on the Apple icon in the menu bar, select “About This Mac,” then click the “More Info…” button.


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