4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 29, 2012 7:22 PM by babowa
lsitongia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just got a new MacBook Air.  I powered it on for the first time.  I had hooked up the Time Machine backup disk from my MacBook Pro running Lion.  I told it to transfer files from Time Machine.  It calculated the sizes.  I unselected some of the users.  It listed the usual stuff, Users, Applications, Systems settings.  Then I told it to proceed.


When the files were transferred and I rebooted the MacBook Air, it is running Lion!  What happened to Mountain Lion?  This wasn't a restore from Time Machine, it was simply to transfer files.  I've been through this before with other Macs I've run.


Are you telling me that this brand new Air from the local Apple Store came running Lion? I doubt that.


What happened?


Then, I couldn't login to Communities here using my Apple ID but had to create a new one.  I've seen other postings about that problem.  What's with Apple?  This is terribly frustrating.  I dumped my MacBook Pro because I was so frustrated with Lion.  After a few months, I decided to return to Apple  Now this...



MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)

    If it had been sitting in the store for more than a month or so, it very likely did come with Lion.  I'm personally not surprised.  Try the up to date program to get ML.

  • lsitongia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply.


    I looked on the bottom of the box and this 2.0GHz i7 11" MBA has a copyright date of 2011.  I thought these were new Ivy Bridge MBAs, released recently.  But, it's an A1465, released mid-2012.  Mountain Lion was released in early 2012.  It really could have Lion on it?


    (I was wrong about that.  Mountain Lion was announced early 2012, released in July.)


    I've requested the upgrade, but I might just go to the Apple Store and have them do it.


    Thanks again.

  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,410 points)

    I seem to recall hearing that copyright date on the box only referred to the 'art' on the box, so I wouldn't go by that to determine its version.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,090 points)

    Here is Apple info on builds/models:




    Looks like most MBA's except the very latest came with Lion. Once you register it online, it should show you more info. Also, if you go to System Information, check your model identifier.


    And, FWIW, Macs have never been able to "downgrade" without completely erasing the disk first, so yours came with Lion. Now you can update it to ML...