Weekly Poll: Will Your Mac Run Mountain Lion?

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the wizards at Infinite Loop are pushing out a major OS X update later this year: Mountain Lion.

If you’re like me, you’re nerdy enough that you simply can’t wait to get your hands any new version of OS X. Apple has such a tight hold on me that I have to keep up to date with every little software update they push out.

Unfortunately, since hardware tends to be a great deal more expensive than software, many of us quickly fall behind in this category. Consequently, I was dismayed to read TUAW’s recent article outlining the minimum hardware requirements, which revealed that my beloved 2007 MacBook would no longer be supported.

Here’s the list of all the supported hardware that we’re currently aware of, meaning if your Mac is older than the models listed below, you’re out of luck.

  • iMac (mid 2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, 2.4/2.2 GHz), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

With this list in mind, we’re wondering how many of our readers won’t make the cutoff. Do you use an older Mac? If so, will you be able to run Mountain Lion? After you vote in the poll, leave a comment below and let us know what you think about this. Are you bummed that your Mac won’t take the update or are you apathetic?


  • kmw

    My macBook (mid-2007) won’t be able to run Mountain Lion. I’m kindof torn, but at the same time understanding.

    My macBook is 5 years old. It still runs great and does everything I need it to. So I’m bummed because to me, the laptop seems like it’s in great condition. I’ve been able to run the latest and greatest software on it. So I’m bummed, I feel like “why can’t my laptop be supported, what’s holding it back?

    At the same time, it’s 5 years old. The newer computers have i5′s and i7′s. They have better graphics cards, and can handle more ram. So it’s time for an upgrade in the hardware aspect of things, but I still feel like it’s running like a champ.

  • Jim Robbins

    It looks like all the non-supported systems are older than three years. This means that any customers that paid for a 3 year AppleCare plan will be able to update to the latest OS while they are under warranty. I think that is a reasonable policy.

  • Pat

    I have the 2007 black macbook and can’t upgrade, but it’s not a big deal. I’m honestly supprised it survived and was supported for 5 years. I’ve been looking for an excuse to get a new one anyway and here it is.

  • Jeremy

    My 2009 iMac will, but i still plan on upgrading to a 2012 for the 3″ of extra screen real estate, RAM, more power, and better graphics card. I’ll be going from 256 MB to 2 GB. (Unless they offer more)

  • FubarGuy

    Can it? Yes, just made the cutoff for the MacBooks.
    Will I? Mmmmm, probably not. Going to wait for new hardware for this cat. The new feature set isn’t doing much for me so far either.

  • https://www.twitter.com/mc_razza mc_razza

    Is my iMac capable of running OSX Mountain Lion? Yes. Will I be running Mountain Lion? Definitely.

  • http://4vr.me l1nu5r

    Where is the poll?

  • Will J.

    I have a current-model Mac Pro and I’m still running Snow Leopard — and it has nothing to do with saving $30. If I haven’t even downgraded to Lion, why would I downgrade further to Mountain Lion?

  • Bernard

    I don’t understand why my 5 years old iMac with an Intel Core 2 Duo can’t support Mountain Lion (iMac5,1 model). What are the technical explanations ?
    I’m waiting for an Apple answer.

  • Gerry

    My late 2006 iMac will be unable to run the new OS. I think that I’ve gotten some pretty good value though. Ah well time to get a new one (6 years later)

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  • Joost

    My early 2010 Macbook Pro never made the switch to Lion, and frankly I havn’t missed it yet. Perhaps the intergration of iMessage will win me over, but I was planning on staying on Snow Leopard for the time being, honestly.

  • http://iynque.com iynque

    Looks like my 17″ MacBook Pro (late 2007) just makes it! Whew!

    Although this looks like another cool-but-not-necessary update (not upgrade) from Apple.

    Also, isn’t there some standard policy from Apple that they only guarantee support for up to five years? I thought I read something to that effect with the first few Apple products I had.

  • Krista

    Perhaps it’s an issue of hardware capability/compatibility that I don’t fully understand. I also recognize that there are features (such as icloud!) that are not supported on older macs and perhaps most of the new features in Mountain lion fall in this category. But I feel like Apple pushes out older uses quickly for marketing and profit purposes. Why build a machine that lasts and then not support it?

  • Mass

    I have a mid-2007 in black and i’m so bummed. I’ve just invested in a SSD harddrive for a boost and to have a silent time of work – maybe this was pretty wrong.
    But it’s understanding I guess.
    :’(

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