Mac OS X Lion Still Lives

Strangely, Mac OS X Lion is still alive even though Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has ended support for the iconic operating system.

However, Apple still offers a downloadable version of Mac OS X Lion for older older systems that are not compatible with the latest version of Mac OS. The Apple website says the downloadable version works with Macs with Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processors. Macs that shipped with Mac OS X Mountain Lion will not work with Mac OS X Lion.

To run the Mac OS X Lion a computer needs two gigabytes (GB) of memory, and seven GB of space. Interestingly, some features require an Apple ID and a compatible internet service.

If you want to see if your Mac will run the Mac OS X Lion, this Apple website will tell you which MacOS your Mac is using.

Mac OS X Lion has not died

Thus, Mac OS X Lion is not dead. Fans who want Mac OS Lion will now have to install it themselves. You can either download Mac OS X Lion free or buy it from the Apple Store.

I think Apple (AAPL) killed Mac OS X Lion to create more sales of the newer Macs and promote the latest version macOS Big Sur. In particular, I think Tim Cook wants to sell more MacBook Airs through the Apple Store for $999 or $83.25 a month. Cook also wants to sell more MacBook Pro 13 inch models for $108.25 a month or $1,299, and more MacBook Pro 16 inch models for $2,399 or $199.91 a month.

I think they stopped selling Mac OS X Lion because Apple is now primarily a retail store. The primary function of today’s Apple is to sell gadgets through the Apple Store, not make software. My suspicion is that Cook wants to concentrate on hardware rather than software because Apple makes money from software.

Apple Makes Enormous Amounts of Money

I do not expect Apple to change because the company makes enormous amounts of money. For example, Apple reported a quarterly gross profit of $35.416 billion and a quarterly operating income of $24.126 billion on 30 June 2021.

Apple also reported quarterly revenues of $81.494 billion and a quarterly revenue growth rate of 37.16% on 30 June 2021. Apple is also generating enormous amounts of cash it reported a quarterly ending cash flow of $37.719 billion on 31 December 2020 and a quarterly operating cash flow of $21.094 billion on 30 June 2021.

Given that success, I expect Apple (AAPL) will keep killing legacy products and pushing new gadgets. Apple’s business model is enormously lucrative, even if a lot of Apple users will hate some of the company’s recent decisions.

 Originally published at on September 4, 2021.