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Apple's Mountain Lion OS X Leaves Behind Older Macs

Apple's latest Mac operating system, named Mountain Lion, which was released a few days ago as a developer preview, will deliver a few features meant to bring the Mac experience closer to iOS.

The new version of Apple's OS X, which the company describes as being 'inspired by iPad', is said to bring greater coordination with iCloud and generally make things smarter and easier.

However, as expected owners of older Macs are being left behind and will not get the upgrade; Apple has employed this strategy before of keeping out of the loop those who have failed to upgrade their hardware.

As The Unofficial Apple Weblog reveals, OS X Mountain Lion will only come with support for the following models:

>> iMac (mid 2007 or later)

>> MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)

>> MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, 2.4/2.2 GHz), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)

>> MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)

>> Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)

>> Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)

>> Xserve (Early 2009)

This means that the following Macs which were supported by OS X Lion will NOT run Mountain Lion:

>> Late 2006 iMacs (iMac5,1, iMac5,2, iMac6,1)

>> All plastic MacBooks that pre-date the aluminum unibody redesign (MacBook2,1, MacBook3,1, MacBook4,1)

>> MacBook Pros released prior to June 2007 (MacBookPro2,1, MacBookPro2,2)

>> The original MacBook Air (MacBookAir1,1)

>> The Mid-2007 Mac mini (Macmini2,1)

>> The original Mac Pro and its 8-core 2007 refresh (MacPro1,1, MacPro2,1)

>> Late 2006 and Early 2008 Xserves (Xserve1,1, Xserve2,1)

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