Will Your Mac Run OS X Mountain Lion? Here’s How to Quickly Find Out
Wondering if your Mac will run OS X Mountain Lion? Most new Macs will, but here’s how to quickly find out for sure if yours is supported by the latest Mac OS version.
Check the Mac Model & Year
- Pull down the Apple menu and select “About This Mac”, then click on “More Info”
- Make note of the model name and the model date, and compare that to the list below
The above screenshot shows a brand new MacBook Air which is obviously supported, but the section highlighted in red is what you want to pay attention to. Take that information and compare it to the following list of Macs, which mirrors the preliminary system requirements for 10.8 almost identically.
List of Macs That Support OS X 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)
Upgrade from Snow Leopard or Lion
Supported Macs must be running Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or later, or Mac OS X 10.7.1 Lion or later, that requirement is due to Mountain Lion being available exclusively through the App Store as a download. If you skipped Lion, you can upgrade directly from Snow Leopard without incident.
Much of this information has been independently confirmed with the GM builds, but the final compatibility list comes directly from Apple so there is no reason to wonder.