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OS X Mountain Lion is ready to go…are you?

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Mountain Lion

After a long wait and plenty of speculation, Apple’s new operating system, OS X Mountain Lion, is now available in the Mac App Store. Before you head there and drop the $19.99 on the upgrade, you’ll want to make sure both your Mac and your current OS are ready to go.

First, you’ll have to see if your Mac can run Mountain Lion. You can easily find the model of your Mac by clicking the Apple icon at the top left corner of your screen, choose About This Mac, and then click More Info.

The following Mac models can upgrade to Mountain Lion:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Secondly, you’ll have to check what version of OS X you’re currently using on your Mac. You can find this out by clicking the Apple icon at the top left corner of your screen, choose About This Mac, and then click More Info.

  • If you’re using Lion or 10.7.x then you don’t have to do anything.
  • If you’re using Snow Leopard or 10.6.x then update to the latest version by clicking the Apple icon at the top left corner of your screen and click Software Update. You don’t have to buy Lion before you can upgrade to Mountain Lion.
  • If you’re using any other version of OS X then you’ll have to purchase either Snow Leopard or Lion first.

If you bought a new Mac in the preceding few months, you’ll be able to get Mountain Lion for free. Everyone else will have pay $19.99, a far cry from the $129.99 upgrade fee of OS updates past.

There are many new and exciting features in Mountain Lion, including new security features. With all of the new and upgraded features and at the price of $20, it’s a great value for your money.

Product [OS X Mountain Lion] Via [Apple]

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