How useable is a late 2006 iMac 17"?

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  1. Sue De Nimes macrumors 6502a

    Sue De Nimes

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    I have spotted a second hand late 2006 iMac on sale locally. I was thinking about grabbing it as an extra machine for use at home.

    How useable is this going to be in 2014? What is the latest version of OSX that is can run?

    Really, just thinking of it for surfing and low end use.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Looks like there were 2 models, an early 2006 iMac and a later 2006. The early has a maximum OSX version of 10.6.8 and the later one 10.7.5.

    check our apple-history.com for the details.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    If it's a Core Duo processor then the latest OS is Snow Leopard 10.6.8. If it's a Core 2 Duo processor then the latest OS is Lion 10.7.5.

    Maximum RAM is either 2 or 3 GB depending on the exact 2006 model.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can find specs on all Apple products:
     
  5. Sue De Nimes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sue De Nimes

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    Cheers - it is the later model so can run Lion.

    My primary Mac came with Lion. It is now running Mavericks.

    I know that legally the licence of Lion I had on that machine can be used on other Macs at home. What is the easiest way of me obtaining a copy of Lion to install on that machine?

    Also, is that machine running Lion going to be useable?
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, the fact that your Mac came with Lion doesn't allow you to install it on other computers. Only if you buy a retail copy of Lion from Apple does it allow you to install it on all computers you own.
     
  7. Sue De Nimes thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sue De Nimes

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    Ah...
     

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