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MacBook Pro is only 2 years old, yet I can't download any new apps unless I BUY the new OS X?

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My Macbook pro is not that old, it will be 2 years this summer. I've been trying to download some new apps to my computer, yet I can't do this unless I have OS X 10.7. No matter how many software updates I do, I only seem to stay at version 10.6.8.


So unless I BUY and shell out 20 bucks for OSX Mountain Lion, I can't get any apps at all? That's ridiculous. As much as I paid for my computer, then versions should be free to upgrade. Or at least keep apps for all versions of MacBook software avalible.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (26,780 points)

    It may be that you're trying to buy apps that are only Lion/Mountain Lion compatible? If so, then,, yes, you'd have to upgrade to Mountain Lion. 10.6.8 will run most apps, though, I would think, so I'm not sure why you're having trouble downloading from the Mac App Store - do you get any sort of error message?



  • gail from maine Level 6 Level 6 (10,140 points)

    Hi Ashsmash,


    The majority of the Apps in the App Store are developed by independent developers. It is not up to Apple as to what OS their products run on. Having to keep multiple versions of applications supported would be costly to the developer. Software, by nature, may or may not be backwards compatible.


    It is always a good idea to keep your OS as up to date as possible for many reasons - new software development among them....


    The 20 bucks is a good investment for your machine....





  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,165 points)

    Ashsmash87 wrote:


    ... but I don't understand why they don't have older versions.


    Maybe those Apps were only developed after the advent of OS x 10.7 or 10.8


    If you do decide to Upgrade... Read on...


    Before attempting any Major Upgrade... get yourself an External Hard Drive... and create a Bootable Clone Backup of your current Hard Drive...



    By far the easiest way to make such a Backup, is to use something like




    or CCC



    That way, should anything untoward happen during the Upgrade,

    you will NOT LOSE ANYTHING.


    (Get an EHD that is at least equal to your current Drive...)


    Upgrade to Mountain Lion



    Also, Check here for compatibility of 3rd party Software you may be using...




    You should also consider more RAM... Get the Maximum you can for your Mac...


    It is important to get the Correct and Matching RAM


    See Here  >  OWC RAM  >

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)

    I don't get it.  PC people have cheap hardware and expensive OS upgrades.  Mac people have expensive hardware and cheap OS updates.  Spend the $20 and buy the OS installer.  No offense, but complain when you have to pay $200 for an OS update.  Sheesh.


    Also, it's the developer's fault if they build the app to require a certain OS to run.  Unfortunately, that's the bad design logic with Apple's app echosystem.  Even on iOS, some apps require the newer OSs, but luckly with that, most hardware a couple of years old will run the new OS without slowness issues.  That's not always the case with MacBooks though.

  • JohnTh Level 2 Level 2 (365 points)

    There are 2 things that you need to know:

    1. You simply have to upgrade your OS.

    1. The life time of new Apps and new anything related to software has come down drastically. They also depend upon the point above. Thats why they are BOTH marked #1.

    So unless you want to deep freeze yourself in time, upgrade your software and keep doing it till your hardware doesnt allow you to any more. When your hardware doesnt allow you to upgrade anymore, thats when you need to start budgeting yourself for new machine in the near future even though nothing is broken.


    What should or should not be free is anyone's guess. At least the Apps are cheap. So also is the OS itself.


    You could also Google 'planned obsolescence' or check this link on it:

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    You may be able to get an older version directly from the developers website instead of going through the Mac App Store.

    The only way to tell is to go to the developer website and check and maybe contact them.


    Other then that you are right to blame Apple. They care nothing for long time users as they stop supporting older version of OS X and do not add any features once a new version of OS X comes out. But yet make some of those same features and programs for Windows back 2 or 3 versions.

    Ashsmash87 wrote:


    I'm trying to get some writing apps to help me with my books. Like iBooks and other stuff. It keeps saying that I need OS X 10.7.4 or higher to download them, but I don't understand why they don't have older versions.


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