2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2013 6:02 PM by babowa
dennis146 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Could I upgrade it to Lion if I run just Office email and surf the web? The iMac is a 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo running 10.6.8 right now. I would like to run Lion so that my wife could use it and access the cloud on it for her iPad.


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: I have an iMac that sees just 3GB of memory
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,485 points)

    To use iCloud you have to upgrade at least to Lion, but some functions are only available in Mountain Lion:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4759

     

    You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:

     

    http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/

  • 2. Re: I have an iMac that sees just 3GB of memory
    babowa Level 7 Level 7 (23,285 points)

    Performance will not be ideal with 3 GB of RAM; although the specs say a minimum of 2 GB, realistically. 4 GB is really a minimum depending on what you use the Mac for. With nothing but a browser open (Firefox, but it's the same with Safari), I am using around 3 GB of RAM. If you do anything with photos, graphics, or movies, then you'd benefit from more RAM. Both Lion and Mountain Lion consume far more - Apple informed me that it was due to the 64 bit addressing rather than the 32 bit (in Snow Leopard and previous).