Computer industry news sites
and various media
outlets are reporting that Apple will release OS X Mountain Lion
on Wednesday, July 25. Are you ready for Mountain Lion? Here's what you'll need:
- OS X v10.6.8 or later
- 2GB of memory (more is better)
- 8GB of available space (more is better)
- An Apple ID, to download Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store.
- Internet service (DSL or faster)
Not every Mac that runs 10.7 Lion will run 10.8 Mountain Lion.
It is important to note that not every Intel-based Mac is supported. In order to upgrade, you must have:
- 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)
“How do I know which model I have?”
Sometimes, when supporting or upgrading a Mac, it’s not enough to know it’s an iMac or a MacBook, but rather which
iMac or MacBook. This information can be very useful to determine compatibility and locate the appropriate resources. OS X 10.7 Lion will actually identify your Mac model under "About this Mac" from the Apple Menu:
As seen from this screenshot, this particular
MacBook Pro, the MacBook Pro 15” Mid-2009, is indeed supported for Mountain Lion. OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard users will to jump through a few hoops to determine their model: locate the Mac serial number from System Profiler, then go Apple's support site
and enter the serial number at the check your service & support coverage
link at the bottom of the page.
The resulting information is the “official” model name of your Mac, known in Apple circles as the AppleCare Name
. This designation is also used by the Genius Bar, AppleCare Telephone Support, Apple Certified Mac Technicians and Apple Consultants Network members, to determine the correct repair manuals, replacement parts, upgrades, software updates and technical support documentation specific to that model.
Bottom line: If you don't know your AppleCare Name of your Apple product, you can find it via the Mac's serial number. Once you know the AppleCare Name, there are boundless information resources available to you. So check your specs and back up your data, ‘cause the Mountain Lion is coming.