Can all silver iMacs run Mountain Lion?

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  1. LunchMoney macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to buy a 2011 27" from my former employer. I set the computer up
    when it was brand new and left on really good terms and have offered to buy this machine but I'm not sure if they are going to sell. I've been looking around and would consider buying another older model but my real question is do all the silver iMacs have the intel chip and are capable of running mountain and supporting the Magic Mouse? ie. will a 2008 iMac support the Magic Mouse?
     
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    my iMac g5 can use the magic mouse.
    All the functions though? No.

    All silver iMacs can and I believe the last white iMac can
    Not 100% sure though.
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    According to the Apple support page, these are the supported models.

    OS X Mountain Lion - Technical Specifications

     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    All silver iMacs and none of the older plastic ones can run 10.8. If you upgrade to 10.6 or higher, the Magic Mouse will work 100% with the system. But on 10.5.8, it will only partially work as a simple mouse. I don't think 10.4.X supports it at all.
     
  5. LunchMoney thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for all the replies. I was under the impression that the silver iMacs all have the intel chip and the white iMacs have Motorola chips which prevent them from ungraded to mountain lion. I currently have a mini and a g4 & a g5 but want to get rid of the g4 & g5. I had planned on buying a new iMac but with the redesign and limited availability I'm considering an older machine.
     
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    The first Intel Mac was a white iMac. It didn't have a Core2Duo processor, so it wouldn't work with mountain lion.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    There is a white iMac model that has Intell chips. They're the 2006 models. From the front, they look just like a G5 iMac, it's from the back you can tell which is which. The Intell iMac have their ports going horizontally, but the G5's have vertical ports.
     

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