6/11/13
5:20 am

Forum Question: How (or When?) Can I Learn If My iMac Supports Mavericks?

When iOS7 was announced today, they immediately were able to tell us which devices would support it (iPhone 4 or later, iPad, iTouch, and which generations, etc.)
I have a 24 in. iMac Early 2008 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Mountain Lion needs Mid 2007 or later), so I’m right at the “edge of the pool”, so it would REALLY be helpful to know if my iMac will be included or do I have to start saving my pennies now for a new model? Shouldn’t they be able to give that info now? Can’t seem to find any references to supported models. It should be given up front like iOS releases seem to do so early and easily.
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Mike Sarkany

Comments: 5 Responses to “How (or When?) Can I Learn If My iMac Supports Mavericks?”

    6/11/13 @ 5:26 am

    Apple has not given us system requirements for Mavericks yet. So there is no definitive answer, nor is there a know time when we will know until it comes out. Likely that they will announce the requirements at some point before launch.
    Here is one article from a rumors site that leaks the requirements of the developer preview.
    But this can be misleading. The preview is for developers only, so Apple probably isn’t concerned about performance on older machines. But for the actual release, they may worry that old machines aren’t up to the task of handling new features and restrict the release.
    Second, the developer preview probably doesn’t have all of the new features yet. Also, part of the purpose of the developer release may be to determine how well it runs on old Macs under different conditions — thus helping them figure out the system requirements.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    6/21/13 @ 9:08 am

    You have hit the nail on the head “Apple probably isn`t concerned about performance on older machines. But for the actual release, they may worry that older machines aren`t up to the task of handling new features and restrict the release.”
    The guy is a customer,and he should be able to know about this.
    Apple is to blame they should not release anything until they have done their homework. Apple dosn`t worry at all.

      6/21/13 @ 9:49 am

      Apple HASN’T released anything. The only release is to developers only. Not the general public.
      Apple needs to release early versions to the developers because the developers need to test and update their software BEFORE it comes out. Not doing that would be irresponsible.
      Apple is following industry standard procedure here and doing things the best way. They are not to “blame,” in my opinion. If they released it to developers and the public on the same day, then that would be very bad for both.

        Mr Anthony Cotton
        7/18/13 @ 9:22 am

        I apologize Gary I mistook it has for the public. I should read the question probably before I answer. Sorry about that.

    Eric
    7/2/13 @ 6:24 pm

    I am in the minority, but in my opinion Apple really isn’t sneakily trying to get customers to buy new hardware by making new operating systems too powerful for older computers. Apple’s directive is giving their customers the best experience. If you shoehorn an operating system into hardware that would be coughing and wheezing to run it… that’s not close to having the best experience.

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