Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 just got done. A number of announcements were made (don’t worry, nothing about the next iPhone), new products were revealed (like the MacBook Pro) and the next version of Apple’s operating system, OS X Mountain Lion was also introduced (iOS 6 for mobile devices was also introduced). The successor to Lion and Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion is slated for release in July 2012. Once it does become available, and you are interested in upgrading your existing system (assuming you already have a Mac and after paying for it of course), doing so is a walk in the park.
Here is how you can upgrade your machine once Mountain Lion is out:
- Make sure your Mac can run Mountain Lion. Your Mac must be one of the following models: iMac (Mid 2007 or newer), MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer), MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer), MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer), Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer), Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer). If you are running Lion, you can find out if your current Mac qualifies by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, choosing About This Mac, then clicking More Info.
- Make sure you have Lion or the latest version of Snow Leopard. While you have the About This Mac window open, check what version of OS X your Mac is running. If you are running Lion (10.7.x), you’re ready to update to Mountain Lion. If you are running Snow Leopard (10.6.x), update to the latest version of OS X Snow Leopard before you purchase OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store. Click the Apple icon and choose Software Update to install Snow Leopard v10.6.8, the latest version.
- Download OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store when it’s available in July.
- Open the Mac App Store from your Dock to buy and download Mountain Lion. Then follow the onscreen instructions to install it.
- Enjoy OS X Mountain Lion 🙂