For those who don’t remember, Apple used to charge for Mac OS updates — and that’s been for a while even with the iPod touch.
The good news is that Apple recently removed this $20 fee—yes, it still applies to two of its systems: OS X Lion 10.7.0 Update e OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.0 Update. So far these old updates for Mac are Free to download.
OS X Lion runs on Macs released before Mountain Lion in 2012 that have at least 2GB of RAM.18GB of free storage and Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processors.
To install them, you may need to reformat your Mac’s drive or create a separate partition.
Here is a list of Macs that support Mountain Lion:
- iMac (Mid 2007-2020)
- MacBook (aluminum from late 2008, or early 2009 onwards)
- MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or later)
- MacBook Air (late 2008 or later)
- Mac mini (early 2009 or later)
- Mac Pro (early 2008 or later)
- Xserve (early 2009)
So if you have an old Mac, it doesn’t hurt to check if it can be upgraded to one of these two systems.
With the release of OS X Mavericks 10.9 in 2013, update fees were dropped and all subsequent macOS updates were made free for supported Macs. The Mavericks was also the system that changed the naming of old OS X, moving from the names of the big cats to important places in California — as they are even today, by the way.
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