Mac Pro: OS support

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  1. M0esmac macrumors 6502a

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    Hi guys,

    Used search but didn't find it.

    How much do you think Mac Pro this gen (3.2GHz Quad-Core) will support next OS'es?
    It supports 10.8, so do you think it will support at least one after next (10.9)?

    I think I'm buying it and looking forward to have it for long time.

    Thank you
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It will likely support them, but remember, you don't have to upgrade to a new version of the Mac OS just because they release one. There are many who haven't elected to move to Lion or Mountain Lion, even though their Mac supports it. I only upgrade to a new version if it has features I need or want. Your MP can serve you well for several years, even if Apple releases a Mac OS version that your MP doesn't support.
     
  3. M0esmac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I understand that, but I don't like really sitting on old os, just because I want asap to get used to new features, in case comes new application which is important to me and I want work with it.

    Thinking, that 2006 Mac Pro doesn't support 10.8 (I suppose), and 2007 Supports it, so that model released 2010, so it will serve for me up until about 2015?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's fine. As I said, it will likely support a few future versions, but no one can tell you that for sure, since no one but Apple knows what their future development plans are, and they're not telling.
     
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    It took me almost a year after Lion (10.7) was released for me to upgrade all my Macs to it. I never upgrade to a new OS right away because I can't afford the downtime if things were to go wrong or if I ran into compatibility issues with hardware and software. I give time for developers to work the kinks out and then I upgrade when a) it's safe; and b) it feels necessary.

    There's a lot of people still running 10.6.8 on their Mac Pros with no complaints. Practically any third-party application that runs on 10.7 or 10.8 is going to run on 10.6.

    You can't necessarily use that logic. The only reason pre-2008 Mac Pros can't run ML without hacking is because of the EFI-32 firmware limitation. All Mac Pros from 2008 (3,1) and on use EFI-64 and thus have no such limitation. Nonetheless, it's hard to predict what Apple does with future hardware, so nobody would really be able to give you a straight answer to that.
     
  6. goodcow macrumors 6502a

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    Except Apple drops security update support for any OS two releases or older. Which is completely ridiculous considering Microsoft still supports Windows XP.

    With OS X moving to an annual upgrade cycle you essentially have to upgrade every two years, minimum, if you don't want your OS open to attack.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can be protected against attacks, even if you're running Leopard, by practicing safe computing. You don't have to have the latest OS for that. For details: Mac Virus/Malware FAQ
     
  8. goodcow macrumors 6502a

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    That's a copout answer. Apple has $100 billion laying around, but they can't support their OS from a security standpoint beyond a two-year window?
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not a copout answer. No prudent user should depend entirely on the OS to provide security. No OS is malware-proof, even with all the latest updates. The user has the final responsibility to protect their own computer from malware. All Mac OS X malware that has ever existed in the wild can be avoided by practicing safe computing, as described in the link I posted. That is true whether you're running Tiger or Mountain Lion.
     
  10. M0esmac, Aug 23, 2012
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    M0esmac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly. Thats one thing down + to the Mac Pro. :/
     
  11. tomvos macrumors 6502

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    That’s true. Once Apple defined the presence of a FireWire connector as the cut-off point to which hardware was supported. You should simply accept that after a certain time from now the support for every system will end. The reason may be a technical, a superficial or a completely arbitrary argument—but in fact it’s mostly a economic (money and/or IT-resources) reason for most companies.
     

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