Early 2009 iMac - How many more upgrades of OS X?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by icemantx, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. icemantx macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2009
    I have an early 2009 24" iMac that is working very well for me. I was curious though about how long Apple will support this hardware with OS updates/new versions? Since this model has been discontinued for nearly 3 years (Oct 2009) I am wondering if Mountain Lion or the next one will be the last OS update?

    Being that Apple sold Core 2 Duo machines even in 2012 (white MacBook for education stopped in Feb 2012), I am hopeful they will support it for another 3 years. As Apple likes it I am sure, when my hardware becomes obsolete (no more OS upgrades) that is when I usually trade up (about every 5-7 years).


  2. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I see no reason they'd drop C2D support. They're 64bit.. Only reason I could see them dropping support for such old systems is ram requirements but I doubt that's ever going to happen. The 24" 2008 C2D also runs ML great and I'd guess it will be a few Years at least before they drop support. Any barriers would seem totally arbitrary.
  3. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    They could drop support for Macs with weak GPUs at some point. I think Apple will go unified OpenGL ES/OpenGL 4.1 (which are mutually compatible) at some point in the future. This would mean dropping support for Geforce 9 series and similar.
  4. dearlaserworks macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    Eastern Shore, USA
    My Early 2008 MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo) runs Lion fine, will run Mountain Lion. Our older Late 2006 iMac just hit the wall, apparently won't run Mountain Lion due to the graphics card, even though it's a Core 2 Duo. Six years seems about right. That works out to $200 a year for the old iMac, not bad at all.
  5. mmpotash macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008

    For my 2008 iMac I had Leopard, which I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard. I plan on skipping Lion and downloading Mountain Lion when it comes out in a week or two.
  6. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    I think 2. Mountain Lion seems to pushing out a few machines and I can see mine getting booted when OS X 10.9 Amur Leopard comes out.

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