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The Uncertain Roar of the Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion's list of supported models has grown smaller in comparison to Snow Leopard.

The Uncertain Roar of the Mountain Lion

by Aaron Kuhn | July 10, 2012

On July 9th, Apple released the “Golden Master” version of Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) on the Mac App store to eager developers everywhere. Scheduled to release this month, Mountain Lion brings a slew of new features to the desktop including iMessage, enhanced iCloud integration, and enhanced Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Vimeo sharing.

More confusingly, Apple’s Mountain Lion will be leaving lots of old hardware in the dust when it launches. Basic System Requirements are fairly straight forward, including OS X 10.6.8 or later, 2GB of memory, and 8GB of available space. However, the list of supported models has grown smaller, compared to Snow Leopard.

Why the change? Mountain Lion drops support for Apple systems with a 32-bit kernel. Apple lists Supported Models on the Technical Specifications page but how can you tell if your organization is ready for Mountain Lion? 

Apple’s hardware traditionally lacks easily identifiable and understandable model identifiers on their exteriors. Interactively checking hardware specifications in System Profiler can be both time consuming and inefficient. Crawling under desks and flipping over laptops to obtain Model Numbers will lead you on a scavenger hunt through Apple or Third Party websites to figure out if that aluminum MacBook you are looking at is Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer.

MaaS360 Visibility for Mac can help you identify the existing hardware inventory information and technical specifications for the Apple computers in your organization—alongside PCs, iPhones, iPads, Androids, BlackBerrys and Windows Phone devices.

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Mobile Device Management: Your Guide to the Essentials and Beyond

Why is it taking so long for businesses to officially assimilate mobile devices into their organizations? It's usually because they want to put an IT strategy for management and operation in place first. We understand that IT would like to add a degree of rigor, but the solution doesn't have to be that difficult. This guide describes twelve best practices for Mobile Device Management (MDM). The first eight principles are the essentials that every organization needs to adopt. The last four are advanced practices that will help take your organization to the next level.


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