Core Duo/Solo will not be supported

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by aiqw9182, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. aiqw9182, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011
  2. Davichi macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    Way to go apple. That means if you bought a device in 2005 or 2006, then it's not supported.

    This is stupid because MBP 13 inch just got out of core 2 duo today and all the MBAs still use intel core 2 DUO processors.
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Way to read. The Core 2 Duo is supported. There are only two models, in fact, that are left out in this update: the first edition MacBook, and the first model of Intel Mac Mini. 2 models. That's it.

    No need for histrionics.

  4. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    And the first and second versions of the Intel iMac, first version of the MacBook Pro and second version of the Intel Mac mini. Have another 4 models for your list. :p

    It's not a surprise really. I didn't expect my Core Duo MacBook Pro to be supported for the next update. :)
  5. AAPLaday Guest


    Aug 6, 2008
    Manchester UK
  6. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    I think they will extend support for all Intel Macs. If not hell will break loose. :mad:
  7. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    I guess I should go with the SL big pack to upgrade my Core Duo iMac and C2D MBP.
  8. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Wouldn't be surprised to see Core Duo orphaned. It cannot run in long mode (64 bit), which means that for Lion to be compatible with it they'd have to build fat binaries containing both 32 and 64 bit versions of applications.

    They probably want to leave 32 bit only chips behind with this release. The very last Core Duo Macs came out in 2006, so they're nearing five years old. This is not out of line with Apple's previous (PPC era) policy of discontinuing support for older systems.

    I don't like it personally but I did expect it to happen sooner or later.
  9. logandzwon macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    While I do have an original CD iMac, but I would rather leave it stuck in SL and get everything on 64-bit.
  10. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    Only requirement I see:

    "Ensure you are using a 64-bit, Intel-based Mac with Mac OS X v10.6.6 Snow Leopard which has at least 8 GB of free disc space."


    - Lion requires hardware with a Core 2 Duo processor or better.

    - iMac (Late 2006) is not supported for this Lion seed.
  11. innominato5090 macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2009
    the whole "core" line is 32 bit. intel went to 64 bit with the "core 2" line
  12. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    The irony of this is that the G5s were all 64bit and it has taken like 5 years for the tech to take off. :(
  13. surroundfan macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    That's what they said about PPC and Snow Leopard too...

    Had a hunch this would happen so I'm glad I sold my CD MBP and CD Mac mini a few months back, and got an Air instead...

    Still, some of the computers out there will be less than four years old by the time Apple makes them obsolete.

    (My guess for the next cutoff in 10.8: Macs that don't support OpenCL.)
  14. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
  15. lpetrich macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2009
    Apple sheds support for old hardware in new OS releases as it goes, usually hardware around 5 years old. I once made a list of minimum CPU requirements for various OS releases:

    7.6 -- Moto 68030
    8 -- Moto 68040
    8.5 -- PPC
    9.2 -- PPC G3
    10.5 -- PPC G4
    10.6 -- Intel
    10.7 -- Intel Core 2 Duo
  16. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    Your C2D MBP will be supported, at least according to the info we currently have.
  17. ivnj macrumors 65816

    Dec 8, 2006
    Yes and we have those. My dad has a g5 imac and first gen macbook pro. And I have mac mini 166. duo but not 2 duo.

    So I guess I won't be getting lion.
  18. gvollant macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    Core Duo and Core Solo did not support 64 bits code, and some portion of Lion will be compiled only as 64 bits application (Finder, I believe).

    So there is probably no way to have a perfect experience with Lion on Core Solo or Core Duo.

    The real question is other : somes Core Duo / Core Solo mac accept removing the cpu and install a Core 2 Duo. With this hardware modification, Snow Leopard can run 64 bits application.

    Unfortunatelly, Lion still did not accept install on these modified mac....
  19. shaivure, Jul 10, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011

    shaivure macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2008
    HOW TO: Install OS X Lion 10.7 on an UPGRADED Core Solo or Core Duo Mac

    Hey, I've just managed to install the Lion GM on my Mac Mini 1,1 which I upgraded with a Core 2 Duo.

    Details in my blog link in my signature

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