Linked by moondevil on Wed 11th Jul 2012 22:49 UTC
Mac OS X Ars Technica is reporting that certain 64bit Mac models won't be able to run Mountain Lion. The problem is the graphic card drivers; these are still 32bit, and Apple is unwilling to update them to 64bit. A 64bit kernel can't load 32bit drivers, so that's that. Apple has a list of supported models on their Mountain Lion upgrade page, so you can easily check if your computer is capable of running Mountain Lion.
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It's support that matters
by malxau on Thu 12th Jul 2012 01:07 UTC
malxau
Member since:
2005-12-04

The real issue here isn't whether a machine can run a new OS, but that the old OS will stop receiving security updates relatively shortly. If the next release is also 12 months, and if Apple continues with its current N-1 support policy, a Core 2 Duo won't have any updated Mac OS 12 months from now. The hardware will still be perfectly capable at that time, and presumably will still be in widespread use.

Or, more generically:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226949/Half_of_all_Macs_wil...

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RE: It's support that matters
by No it isnt on Thu 12th Jul 2012 08:30 in reply to "It's support that matters"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

It's one thing, but in my experience, the greatest annoyance with owning a recently obsolete Mac is that practically all developers immediately jump to the latest release and produce software that doesn't run on older versions.

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RE: It's support that matters
by kaiwai on Thu 12th Jul 2012 15:06 in reply to "It's support that matters"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

The real issue here isn't whether a machine can run a new OS, but that the old OS will stop receiving security updates relatively shortly. If the next release is also 12 months, and if Apple continues with its current N-1 support policy, a Core 2 Duo won't have any updated Mac OS 12 months from now. The hardware will still be perfectly capable at that time, and presumably will still be in widespread use.

Or, more generically:
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9226949/Half_of_all_Macs_wil...


Based on what evidence? Apple has said why support has been dropped - the lack of EFI64 firmware so why do you automatically assume they'll drop support for Core 2 computers? for what reason? what purpose? I'm going to book mark your post and lets see what happens in 12 months time when the next version is released.

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RE[2]: It's support that matters
by malxau on Thu 12th Jul 2012 18:46 in reply to "RE: It's support that matters"
malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

why do you automatically assume they'll drop support for Core 2 computers? for what reason? what purpose?


I don't mean to say that they'll drop support for all Core 2 Duos, but I have a Core 2 Duo that they just dropped support for (white macbook.) I'm writing this post from it. So based on past behavior, I'll have no more security updates when the thing after Mountain Lion is released, whenever that is.

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