Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion are now free to download
Apple has made Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Mountain Lion free for owners of older Mac models, wiping the previous $19.99 fee from the Mac App Store to get older download codes for the software, as reported by Macworld.
OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion, released in 2011 and 2012, respectively, are available at no charge. As Macworld reports, Lion runs on Macs that were launched before Apple released Mountain Lion in 2012, with the old OS versions not available for users of modern Macs.
Mac OS X Mountain Lion is compatible with the following machines:
- iMac (Mid 2007-2020)
- 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)
Apple notes that Mountain Lion requires the following:
- OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Lion 10.7, or Mountain Lion 10.8 already installed
- 2 GB of memory
- 8 GB of available space