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Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion: Will Your Old Mac Run It?

A number of reports are surfacing online that Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion won’t run on certain older Macs with Intel-made GMA processors inside. Here’s the list of models to see if yours is one. We are still awaiting comment from Apple.

San Francisco, CA: According to numerous reports online, several old Apple systems that rely on old Intel GMA processors will not be capable of running Apple’s just-announced OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

We contacted Apple and are awaiting comment.

What Macs won’t work with Mountain Lion specifically, according to the reports? This from Cult of Mac, via the French site Macgeneration.

Although OS X Lion has a minimum spec requirement of an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Mountain Lion’s heftier graphics requirements effectively puts these machines to pasture:

• Any Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook from late 2007 – late 2008 (Model Numbers: MB061*/B, MB062*/B, MB063*/B, MB402*/A MB403*/A MB404*/A, MB402*/B)

• The Mid-2007 Mac mini (Model Numbers: MB138*/A, MB139*/A)

• Late 2006 polycarbonate iMac (Model Number: MA710xx/A)

• The original early 2008 MacBook Air (Model Number: MB003LL/A)

Schools and other budget-conscious institutions are sure to put pressure on Apple to support the old devices. Stay tuned. Developing.

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