If you have an older Mac that is not compatible with the latest version of macOS, you might be wondering how to get Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which was released in 2011 and was the last version to use the \"Mac OS X\" branding. Fortunately, Apple has recently made Lion available for free download from its support website[^1^], so you can easily upgrade your Mac without spending any money.
In this article, we will show you how to download Mac OS X 10.7 Lion for free, what are the system requirements, and what are some of the features of this operating system.
To download Mac OS X 10.7 Lion for free, you will need a Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later or OS X Lion 10.7 already installed, 2GB of memory, and 7GB of available space[^1^]. You will also need an Apple ID and a compatible Internet service provider.
Follow these steps to download Mac OS X 10.7 Lion for free:
Go to the Mac OS X Lion Installer page on Apple's support website.
Click on the \"Download\" button and sign in with your Apple ID.
Wait for the installer to download to your Applications folder.
Open the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to install Mac OS X 10.7 Lion on your Mac.
Note that any Mac that shipped with Mac OS X Mountain Lion or later will not be compatible with this installer[^1^]. If you have a newer Mac, you can check the compatibility of your Mac with the latest version of macOS on Apple's website.
What are the System Requirements for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
As mentioned above, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion requires a Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor, OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later or OS X Lion 10.7 already installed, 2GB of memory, and 7GB of available space[^1^]. You will also need an Apple ID and a compatible Internet service provider.
According to MacRumors, Mac OS X Lion is compatible with the following Macs[^2^]:
iMac (Mid 2007-2020)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)
What are Some of the Features of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion introduced some new features and improvements to the Mac operating system, such as:
The Launchpad: a new way to access and organize your apps in a grid-like layout similar to iOS devices.
The Mission Control: a new way to view and manage your open windows, spaces, and full-screen apps in a single screen.
The Full-Screen Apps: a new way to use your apps in full-screen mode without any distractions from other windows or menus.
The Resume: a new feature that automatically restores your apps to 29c81ba772