Will I be able to run SL on newer (upcoming) Macs?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by snowboarder, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. snowboarder macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    There seems to be some confusion about it, do you guys think
    I will be able to install SL from the original disks on a new, let's say
    Macbook Pro introduced in a few months?
    Some say Apple doesn't keep thoose new machines compatible,
    some drivers or whatever will brake it...
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Generally, no. Apple does not support backward compatibility. The new mini appears to run SL but most of the time things don't work or it doesn't boot at all.
  4. snowboarder thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2007
    But wouldn't this be crazy if so many important programs will not run
    on Lion yet? Even Quicktime 7 is broken apparently.
    I guess they might say "who cares"...
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    It's normal for some programs to not run on a new version. We had the same situation on Leopard and Snow Leopard; it would take a few months sometimes for applications developers to catch up.

    Older versions of Snow Leopard will not have the drivers needed for new hardware that would be introduced.
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    If you really want to use old software that isn't updated regularly then do NOT buy a new Mac; why bother? If you're happy with old stuff stick with it and save your $$.

    I haven't yet seen many "important" applications that won't run on Lion, but our definitions of what's important to us obviously varies. And you can buy Quicken Essentials for Mac for a discount if you want to move up. QuickTime X in Lion is better than it's predecessor, and although it doesn't have some of the export options of 7 it does better in other areas, so that's a wash.


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