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Apple releases tightened requirements for its Mountain Lion OS

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July 11, 2012

Apple said yesterday that it has released new system requirements for its upcoming version of OS X, code named Mountain Lion.

As is usually the case with any operating system release, not all Macs need too apply.

Even some that qualified for the Mac's current operating system, Lion.

However, the basic system requirements are pretty straightforward, but Apple does provide a bit more detail than it has in the past:

  • OS X version 10.6.8 (Leopard) or later
  • 2 GB of memory
  • 8 GB of available disk space
  • But Apple also notes that some Mountain Lion features will require you to be hooked up to an ISP, and that others will require an Apple ID card.

    The list of supported Macs OS is a bit more interesting, seeing how Apple now provides information on specific Macs, as opposed to its published tech specs for OS X 10.7, better known as Lion.

    Here is the list of Macs that qualify for Mountain Lion:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)
  • For its Lion OS, Apple merely says that your Mac has to have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon CPU, 2 GB of memory or more, and at least 7 GB of available storage space, then left it up to you to determine whether or not your Mac qualified for the new OS.

    If you read the specs of the new Macs that will be allowed into the Mountain Lion list, you'll notice that Core 2 Duo–equipped iMacs, MacBooks, MacBooks Pros, MacBooks Airs, and Mac minis still qualify, but just some of them.

    For example, if you have a Core 2 Duo–equipped Mac mini released in mid-2007 or a similarly equipped late-2006 iMac, you should be okay.

    If you're thinking of upgrading to Mountain Lion, but you're not sure exactly what vintage your Mac model is, select 'About This Mac' in the Apple menu, click on the 'More Info' button, and you'll be presented with a dialog box that will tell you your Mac's name and release version.

    Knowing that in the past, Apple has timed its operating system releases to coincide roughly with its quarterly financial reports, we've assumed that Mountain Lion would be part of Apple's July 24 third quarter 2012 earnings release date.

    On July 9, Apple did release to developers its OS X version 10.8, so there's a chance the OS could be available a bit earlier than that.

    Whether or not Mountain Lion's release date matters to you depends upon whether it meets Apple's requirements. If not, the version of OS X that you're using today will not suddenly cease to function on the day Mountain Lion is unveiled.

    In other operating system news

    A few weeks ago, we reviewed Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system with new eyes, hoping to determine whether this mostly consumer-focused version of the OS made any sense for businesses and enterprises.

    And what we found actually surprised us a bit. For example, once you get past the disappointment that most IT professionals have about the touchy-feely new 'Metro Environment' Windows 8 is simply a logical evolution of the work Microsoft began with Windows 7, defined by a number of useful smaller features rather than a handful of major changes.

    So the question is, will the business and enterprise segment ever work with Windows 8 or is it just meant and targeted at the consumer merket?

    Of course for consumers, Windows 8 is a bit like a rebirth of Windows, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently stated, with an all-new, touch-centric, iPad-like interface grafted onto the Windows desktop. If this new OS is successful, Microsoft will indeed have redesigned Windows for an entirely new range of hardware and devices.

    After all, we can all agree that with the advent and the growing popularity of millions of smartphones and tablets everywhere, the personal computer market as we knew it is currently being replaced or at least hugely transformed by people's fixation and desire for mobility at all times.

    And it seems that Microsoft is aware of that and is taking measures to participate in that billion-dollar market. The software behemoth tries to act cool about this, as if it has been evolving Windows in that way since the beginning.

    To be sure, Windows has evolved a lot over the years, but it’s always evolved for PCs, and, to even a lesser extent, to servers. Windows features and functionality have always mapped to the real (TCP/IP and internet) or perceived (push web content) trends in hardware, software, and services that were happening in the broader industry at the time.

    Until Windows 8 arrived on our doorsteps, Microsoft’s core Windows product has only been designed for PCs. When Microsoft wanted to broaden its success with Windows into other device types, such as PDAs, hand-held computers, media players, video game consoles, online services, or whatever -- it wasn’t Windows that made the trip, it was Windows-like technologies, developer APIs, and end-user interfaces.

    At times, Microsoft marketed its products with the name Windows, misunderstanding that most people’s experiences with Windows were at best neutral, and were in fact sometimes negative. So we got such disparate products and services as Windows CE, Windows Live, and Windows Azure, none of which are really Windows but sub-components in a way.

    Source: IT Direction, the IT News Website.

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