2011 iMac MC309LL/A 21.5" 12,1 - Apple says no way to run 10.6?

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  1. ServiceTag, Aug 6, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013

    ServiceTag macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    Friend of mine got 2011 iMac refurb from Apple and it came with 10.8.
    He was thinking about downgrading to 10.6 because of old big flatbed scanner which is too expensive to replace.
    Then he called Apple and they said no way it will run 10.6 even though originally these machine were released with 10.6.6 so he returned it w/o even trying!
    I am not sure if Apple is right in this case. What confuses me is the production date from the serial number - it shows April 2013!? Can't believe, but looks like they still making these discontinued models of 2011 iMacs? and maybe there is a hardware change w/o possibility to downgrade?
    I wish to know the answer, can anybody help here?
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Apple is probably correct however your friend hasn't tried very hard to look for alternative solutions. I'd recommend he/she look into Vuescan which is designed to support outdated scanners.
  3. macthefork macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2013
    I've got a mid 2011 and I run 10.6.8 with no problem. Mine came with Mountain Lion, and I kept a 10.6.8 partition on an older drive because there;s programs I use occasionally that still require Rosetta. I cloned it to a new partition on my 2011 when I received it.

    No problem booting into it and running that partition.
  4. VTECaddict, Oct 11, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2013

    VTECaddict macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2008
    That's when it was refurbished.

    It will run 10.6.6 and later only. So you need to source a reinstallation DVD from a 2011 iMac, or you have to use target disk mode on your friend's iMac and install a retail copy of 10.6 from another Mac. Then install the 10.6.8 combo update via target disk mode before rebooting it.
  5. ServiceTag thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2008
    That's really good news! I believe she is still stuck with old machine so new/refurb 2011 iMac with 10.6.8 would make her happy for sure. Now, the only problem if if it's still available...

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