Apple has added yet another processor to their animal-themed series, the Mountain Lion! However, news that has been circulating around is that some of the 64-bit Macs will not be supported by Mountain Lion. Apple released a list of 64-bit Macs that cannot be upgraded with Mountain Lion. The other 64-bit Mac Pros, iMacs and MacBook Pros will also be restricted from being upgraded to OSX10.8n and graphic architecture seems to be the reason for these limitations. The Mountain Lion is 64-bit and can run successfully on the latest 64-bit Intel processor and can run on any Core2 processor. This makes some of the earlier released 64-bit Mac models including MacBook Pros, iMacs, Mac Pros and other hardware incompatible.
There have been various contemplations on the different reasons for Apple leaving out some of the older models for the Mountain Lion upgrade. The most contemplated is that the restrictions could be due to the revised graphic architecture. This updated graphic architecture could be the pathway for moving forward an improved graphic subsystem in OS X.
There is also information that older Macs with EFI versions will not load Mountain Lion’s 64-bit only kernel if they are not 64-bit clean. Any Mac that can run a 64-bit kernel is supported by Mountain Lion. However, 32-bit kernel extensions are not supported while loading. The systems that are supported by Mountain Lion are:
- iMac: released in 2007 or the newer versions
- MacBook: released towards the end of 2008 or Early 2009 or the newer versions
- MacBook Pro: released between mid and late 2007 or the newer versions
- MacBook Air: released towards the end of 2008 or the newer versions
- Mac mini: released in the beginning of 2009 or the newer versions
- Mac Pro: released in the beginning of 2008 or the newer versions
- Xserve: released in the beginning of 2009.
If you are hoping to upgrade your old Mac with Mountain Lion, you will be in for disappointment. If you really want some of the updates or features of Mountain Lion, you have to start looking out for a new Mac that supports Mountain Lion. On the other side, security fixes are likely to be available for Snow Leopard and Lion at least the next year. However, OS X Lion hasn’t been received very well by everyone. Many feel that changes made with Mountain Lion can either be tweaked or can be adjusted with third-party software.
The Mountain Lion has got some mixed reviews from people around the world. There have been some debates on whether the Mountain Lion is going to have any high-end features that are going to be way different from its previous animal-themed versions. As mentioned above, many feel that the Macs can be upgraded without Mountain Lion by making a few tweaks to the existing processor or by buying a third-part software that can give the same performance of a Mountain Lion. However, the council is still up for judgment when people actually start using the Mountain Lion processor on their systems
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