Mac App Store May Prevent Incompatible Macs from Downloading Mountain Lion

Mac App Store May Prevent Incompatible Macs from Downloading Mountain Lion

If your Mac doesn’t meet the minimum recommended system specifications for OS X Mountain Lion, the App Store may not let you download it.


Don’t worry about downloading Mountain Lion when it ships later this year, it seems like Apple’s thwarting attempts to download the operating system for anyone who’s not running the minimum recommended system specifications. According to our buddy, Mr. Stephen Hackett himself, the 10.8 betas are not available for any Mac that doesn’t not meet the minimum system requirements.

The system requirements are:

  • OS X v10.6.8 or later
  • 2GB of memory
  • 8GB of available space
  • 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)

It still stands to be seen if the release version of Mountain Lion will be available on Macs that aren’t up to snuff. There will be those who will be aggravated at not being allowed to download and loading whatever version of OS X they desire on their machines. I believe this could be looked at as a good thing. I went through a few Windows versions that I installed on older PCs only to find the OS wouldn’t run satisfactorily, and I had to upgrade components, or buy a new PC. And this was using PC’s that supposedly met the specs.

We all like new software, and love to run the latest and greatest. But I don’t think anyone wants to be saddled with an underpowered computer attempting to run Mountain Lion. And, I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to get a refund from the App Store, but…