Apple lastly makes OS X Lion and Mountain Lion free to obtain

OS X Mountain Lion
It solely took a decade.
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Acquired an previous Mac that badly wants a software program replace? Apple has lastly dropped the $19.99 payment for Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion, permitting customers to obtain them without cost for the primary time.

OS X Lion made its public debut method again in July 2011, whereas Mountain Lion dropped the next 12 months. Each have been vital releases, introducing AirDrop, the App Retailer, FaceTime, and emoji assist.

You’ll be able to’t run these releases natively on current machines (something that launched with Mavericks or later), however when you’ve got an older Mac that also will get some use, their continued availability will be extremely helpful.

You might also need to use them to run older Mac software program in a digital machine. And now that’s even simpler, with Apple dropping their earlier $19.99 worth tags.

OS X Lion and Mountain Lion now free to obtain

OS X Lion and Mountain Lion at the moment are free to obtain from their accompanying assist pages on Apple’s web site. To put in them natively, you’ll want a suitable machine that’s not too current.

OS X Lion works with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processors and requires a minimal 2GB of RAM and 7GB of storage. Mountain Lion works on the next machines:

  • iMac (Mid 2007-2020)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 aluminum, early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Professional (Mid/late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Professional (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Something that launched with OS X Mavericks preinstalled is simply too new to run Lion or Mountain Lion.

Apple updates now free to all

Mountain Lion was the final Mac replace that customers needed to pay to obtain. Its successor, OS X Mavericks, was a free improve for all suitable machines — simply as subsequent releases have been.

Lion is now the earliest model of OS X nonetheless accessible to obtain from Apple. Snow Leopard, its predecessor, and earlier releases have since been faraway from Apple’s web site.

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