Apple’s Mac App Store will restrict OS X Mountain Lion downloads to unsupported Macs

“Like OS X Lion, when Mountain Lion launches later this month it will be sold via the Mac App Store,” Karen Haslam reports for Macworld UK.

“However, unlike Lion, which would download even if your Mac didn’t have the spec to support it, it seems that the Mac App Store will assess your Mac’s suitability for the new operating system before it lets you download, and pay, for it, according to 512 Pixels,” Haslam reports. “Mountain Lion has the following specs. It requires OS X 10.6.8 or later, 2GB RAM and 8GB available space.”

Read more in the full article here.

512 Pixels reports, “These machines are the only ones supported:”

• 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)

Read more in the full article here.


  1. Wow, that means that in about a year I am gonna be forced to get a new mac… ok not loving this but I guess I always want the latest and greatest!

    1. You are not FORCED to get a new Mac, you can still drive the one you have with exactly the same capabilities as it had the day before the new S/W came out.

      1. It doesn’t always work that way.

        When I bought my older Macs, I used Mobile Me ( and before that ) to keep them synced with my other Apple equipment.

        Apple has discontinued Mobile Me and my older Macs cannot access iCloud, so since the start of this month, they no longer have a fundamental capability that they have had for many years.

        1. WRONG, mobileME, .Mac were NOT capabilities, they were services, which have changed/evolved into other things.

          Your mac will still run the versions of software it had installed, still be able to use the peripherals it used before and more. Stop confusing FORCED, with WANTED. You want the new services and new capabilities, you buy new kit to get it.

          Tech doesn’t stand still, it evolves everyday. There is a price to pay to stay current.

          1. You and Paul can’t both be right.

            He says that users are not forced to upgrade, you say that Tech doesn’t stand still and there is a price to pay to stay current, but of course that would require an upgrade.

            My pint is that users are not always able to keep working on an older Mac in the way they have become accustomed to. It’s inconsequential whether that’s a software or a service issue, it doesn’t work as before, even though the hardware is good for a few more years.

    2. No. The headline reads Apple… will restrict… downloads… to UNSUPPORTED Macs.

      That means supported Mac’s WON’T get the download. So your safe!

      1. Touché ‘duh’. When some of the writers at MDM graduate to senior high school, you may see an improvement in the spelling and grammar—not will, but may improve.

      1. Not really, the “restrict … to” are the key elements here. The headline should read:

        “Apple’s Mac App Store will restrict OS X Mountain Lion downloads to supported Macs”


        “Apple’s Mac App Store will prevent OS X Mountain Lion downloads to unsupported Macs”

      2. @macrick

        No it can’t. It can be interpreted that way, but that is not how that sentence can correctly be parsed. I might as well write “Greg L decides to restrict his reading to poor-quality materials.”

    1. That should read:
      “Good to see the grammar police are out in force. Perhaps it’s time to get a life.”

      “frigtards” is not a word.

      In advance of your assured gratitude, I say, you’re welcome.

    2. Am I the only one to notice the self-referential incongruity of macrick’s semi-literate post? He took time from his not-so-busy day to post on the Internet about others posting on the Internet. Funny stuff.

      This reminds me of the ” rel=”nofollow”>One Truth®™© about arguing on the Internet.

  2. Morons. Headline is wrong. “Apple will restrict downloads to SUPPORTED Macs is correct. No interpretation there.

    Screw iCloud. Plenty of other cloud services are free and work just fine.

    1. +1 for tbone

      Apple would do well to realize that not all of their current and potential new customers have broadband, nor the budget or desire for a new machine every 4 years. Much of the planned obsolescence that Apple and all software makers push on their customers has no basis in technical configuration, but rather business plan.

      Still see nothing attractive in OS 10.7 or 10.8 or the goddamn “cloud” server farm that would even tempt an upgrade. Very happy with 10.6 and serving our own data, thank you very much.

      1. Well said, nothing really new in 10.7 or 10.8, just looks to be more restrictive and more forceful to get apple severs managing and your data Other than good marketing not sure what consumers see in either of these OS . Launchpad a feature = fail.

  3. If this is the case, than Apple is retarded. This kind of micromanagement starts to bother me. I have a perfectly functioning Mac Pro from 2006, upgraded the video card and the RAM over the years, would likely have no issues with Mountain Lion. Why is not any Mac Pro supported?

    1. Jim R. I strongly agree.I have a 2006 Mac Pro with upgraded graphics card, added RAM and a SSD. I aIso have a Mid-2010 Mac Pro and only difference is video rendering and transfer speeds before I added more RAM and SSD to the Mid-2010 MP. I am hoping that Apple is just playing it safe and will allow for Macs that have more than the standard configuration. Maybe Apple doesn’t want to risk telling customers the older ugraded models will work with Mountain Lion?

      1. No, sorry but its a limitation in the EFI firmware, the first Mac Pro’s are 64 bit but they are SOL when it comes to Mac OS X 10.8. BUT, If Apple Cared to, they could update the firmware, if you google it can be done, but we all know that will never happen.

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