OS X Mountain Lion Drops Support for Many 2006-2008 Macs with Integrated Graphics
Cult of Mac points
to the system requirements for OS X Mountain Lion. Among those Macs currently compatible with OS X Lion, those with lower-end Intel GMA X3100 or GMA 950 integrated graphics will not be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion:- Any Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook from late 2007 – late 2008 (Model Numbers: MB061*/B, MB062*/B, MB063*/B, MB402*/A MB403*/A MB404*/A, MB402*/B)- The Mid-2007 Mac mini (Model Numbers: MB138*/A, MB139*/A)- Late 2006 polycarbonate iMac (Model Number: MA710xx/A)
– The original early 2008 MacBook Air (Model Number: MB003LL/A)
Users of those older systems may still receive a few of Mountain Lion’s enhancements such as with Apple’s Safari 5.2 for Lion, but the vast majority of improvements will require a new machine with higher specs.However, at least one developer has been able to install Mountain Lion on a Late 2006 iMac and MacBook Pro without problems. So, the developer builds do not seem to enforce these restrictions.It is also possible that systems using ATI’s Radeon X1600 graphics will also be incompatible with OS X Mountain Lion.
So it looks like that my aging MacBook Pro from 2006 is not going to be compatible to upgrade to the new Operating System, but with a bit of luck, all my hard work on building my Mac Pro at Quarter of the Price (Tutorial)
is going to be alright with its specifications:
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz Quad-Core
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H67M-D2 with Intel HD 2000 Graphics
RAM: Corsair XMS3 8Gb (2 x 4Gb) 1333MHz DDR3
Graphics Card: Sapphire ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1Gb GDDR5
OS X Mountain Lion to be an App-Store Exclusive
As reported by Pocket-lint
, Apple has decided to end that experiment with OS X Mountain Lion, making the forthcoming release a true Mac App Store exclusive.Apple has confirmed customers were not interested in the USB Drive offering of the Operating System and will make OS X Mountain Lion a paid App-Store Exclusive.OS X Mountain Lion is scheduled for a public launch in “late summer”, with pricing yet to be announced.