If you have an old Mac and you stayed on a version of OS X prior to Lion or Moutain Lion and you have the need to update your computer, you are in luck, as Apple has started offer them completely free of charge, thus eliminating the price that both versions had, which was $ 19.99.
Both versions of OS X they were very important within the Mac ecosystem, since they were the first versions (Lion was launched in 2011 and Mountain Lion in 2012) that added support for AirDrop, included the Mac App Store, support for FaceTime and compatibility with emojis among others.
Unfortunately, if you have a modern Mac, you can’t install any of these versionsBut if you have an old Mac that you still use or stopped using because you cannot update for free, now you can do it without having to invest a single euro.
What you can do to remember those times is run them through a virtual machine. If you want to download either version, you can do it directly from Apple’s support website for Lion and Mountain Lion.
Lion and Mountain Lion requirements are a Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Intel Xeon along with 2 GB of RAM and 7 GB of storage. By requirements, the equipment that I show you below is compatible with Mountain Lion:
- iMac (Mid 2007-2020)
- MacBook (late 2008, early 2009 or newer aluminum)
- MacBook Pro (mid / late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (late 2008 or newer)
- Mac mini (early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (early 2008 or later)
- Xserve (early 2009)
However, if your computer came to market with OS X Mavericks or later versions, you will not be able to install any of these versions.
OS X Mountain Lion was the last version of Apple’s operating system for Mac computers that it was not free. The next version, OS X Mavericks, was the change in Apple’s business model in versions of its operating systems for laptops and desktops.