Is Mountain Lion worth it?

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  1. mecolema macrumors member

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    I know it's only $20, but I wonder whether or not it's worth it for me to get Mountain Lion. Right now, I have a 2008 Macbook with Snow Leopard.

    I'm skeptical about the switch because (a) I have a lot of old AppleWorks documents that I occasionally need access to, and (b) I won't be able to take advantage of many new features (e.g., swipe gestures) because my computer is so old.

    What do you think? Is it still worth it?
     
  2. andybosik macrumors newbie

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    Yes!

    I wasn't too impressed with Lion, but Mountain Lion works very well and snappier on my Late 2008 MacBook!
     
  3. imageWIS macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have the 2.0 or the 2.4?
     
  4. andybosik macrumors newbie

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    2Ghz Core 2 Duo w/4Gb Ram
     
  5. imageWIS macrumors 6502a

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    5400 or 7200 RPM hard drive?
     
  6. andybosik macrumors newbie

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    5400 soon to be replaced by ssd!
     
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  8. east85 macrumors 65816

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    I have the specs in my signature and my late 2008 is running much smoother on Mountain Lion than it did on Lion. However, I did do a clean install.
     
  9. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

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    Are you sure the upgrade will work with my 2008 laptop? The Apple site says Macbooks have to be 2009 or later…

    I have a 5400rpm hard drive with 4GB Ram. (2.1 Ghz Core 2 Duo.)
     
  10. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    Actually, the 2008 aluminum unibody MacBooks are supported (because they have the same specs as the early '09 MacBooks)

    www.apple.com/osx/specs

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    Of course! ML is well worth the money!


    If you do have the aluminum macbook, you will have full multitouch support! And the only feature you won't be able to use will be Power Nap because it only works with Macs with built in SSD drives (unless you have one already)

    Not sure about Apple works... If I were you, I'd find an 8GB+ flash drive and install Snow Leopard on it (along with AppleWorks) so you can access your files
     
  11. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a

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    actually only the new macbook air and just recently the retina MbP support power nap (if my memory serve well)

    Cheers
     
  12. mecolema thread starter macrumors member

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    But that's just it! I don't have an aluminum Macbook—I have the old-fashioned plastic Macbook made in July 2008. So I probably can't do Lion or Mountain Lion, right?
     
  13. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    ahh my bad! :D You are correct!
     
  14. east85 macrumors 65816

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    You should be able to do Lion.
     
  15. mrboult macrumors 6502

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    You CAN run Lion. But not MountainLion.

    Lion runs fine on my mother's 2.0gz core2duo MacBook (2GB RAM) from 2006. She doesn't exactly do anything intensive, but she runs mail,iTunes,iPhoto,ical,word,Skype,safari etc etc. . . and often all at the same time as she always forgets to quit properly. . .

    I agree with many that Snow Leopard was a better OS. But on my end we all use iCloud for syncing devices, so Lion was necessary with MobileME's discontinuation and all.
     
  16. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    Mountain Lion is 100x better than Lion. It's faster, has better features and doesn't lag as much as Lion did/does.
     
  17. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    What I recommend to anyone that asks: Stay on Snow Leopard unless there is something in Lion or Mountain Lion that you NEED.
     
  18. Tander macrumors 6502a

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    For instance, iCloud as MobileMe is now gone?
     
  19. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, if you need either of those then you should upgrade.

    I don't use either and I'm sure there are other people that don't.
     
  20. nnd macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2009 MBP on Snow Leopard and iCloud still syncs wirelessly via iTunes to my phone though, so maybe that could solve your issue if you only need iCloud?
     

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