Hey children, come have a seat round my rocking chair, and let this outdated timer let you know of a time of yore, a time when that high-speed web connection you at all times use for the Ticky Tockys and whatnot didn’t exist. Again then, once we needed to do one thing like set up Mac OS, we used a thingamajig known as an optical disc, which had the software program on it.
Nicely, as ClassicII_MrMac on X (previously Twitter) put it completely, “Right now is a tragic day.” That’s as a result of Apple not sells the optical disc installers for OS X Lion 10.7 and Mountain Lion 10.8.
Apple both lastly bought out its inventory or determined to dump the discs to make warehouse area for FineWoven iPhone instances.
The indicators have been there that this was going to occur–you’ll be able to’t cease the long run from coming. Two years in the past, Apple began to supply Lion and Mountain Lion as free downloads. They’re out there on Apple’s help website, and when you want ’em, listed below are the hyperlinks:
And two years in the past, I wrote that it was unusual that Apple nonetheless supplied the Lion and Mountain Lions discs for $19.99. The older me now thinks it wasn’t so unusual as a result of a lot of older Macs are nonetheless in use–plus, it’s a simple $20 for Apple to make.
If that you must put these installers on a disc or USB drive, we’ve got directions:
Lion runs on Macs that got here earlier than Mountain Lion in 2012. Mountain Lion works on the next:
- MacBook (Late 2008 to 2010)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 to mid 2012)
- MacBook Professional (Mid/Late 2007 to mid-2012)
- Mac mini (Early 2009 to 2011)
- iMac (Mid-2007 to 2011)
- Mac Professional (Early 2008 and 2010)
In the event you desperately need an official Lion or Mountain Lion disc, you’ll have to show to on-line marketplaces reminiscent of eBay. And when you have one, right here’s some recommendation from this outdated timer: You would possibly wish to maintain on to it for some time. Likelihood is, years from now, somebody will probably be prepared to pay massive bucks for it at an public sale.