I have an iMace 9.1, 10.5.8, 2.66 GHz processor and 2.gb memory. Can I update to Mavericks or snow leopard?

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    Your iMac is good to upgrade all the way to Yosemite (the new OS X that comes after Mavericks).

    Step 1: Order the Snow Leopard DVD from the Apple Store and install. Do Software Update to bring up to OS 10.6.8.

    Step 2: OS 10.6.8 adds the App Store app. Launch App Store and do free upgrade to Yosemite*.

    *Please note: if you wish to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion instead of Yosemite, go to the Apple Store to get a redemption code which will let you install these older OS versions through the App Store app. Mavericks does not appear to be available at the moment in the online Apple Store . . . this could be because Yosemite was just introduced and Apple Store has not "caught up" yet, even though Mavericks has been "delisted" from the App Store in favor of Yosemite. Or, all Macs that can run Mavericks can also run Yosemite, therefore Mavericks discontinued?

    For Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion, check out :
    storeDOTappleDOTcom/ca/help/downloadable_software#MacOSX (replace each "DOT" with ".")

  • You will have to upgrade to OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard first, regardless of where you go from there. After installing Snow Leopard and running Software Update repeatedly until no more updates are available, you'll be on OS X 10.6.8 and you'll have access to the Mac App Store. From there you can attempt to install OS X 10.10 Yosemite. If your iMac isn't supported it will refuse to install.

    Whatever you do in the end, I would recommend upgrading your memory to at least 4GB.