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32-bit vs. 64-bit Versions for Mac users

TuneUp provides Mac OS X versions for 64-bit capable systems. Whether or not your computer can run 64-bit applications is a bit complicated, but essentially, it depends on which processor your computer uses, and, to some extent, which version of Mac OS X you have installed.  As a rule of thumb, in order for you to run 64-bit applications, the following must be true:

  1. Your Mac is 6 years old or newer, you probably have an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or and Intel Xenon processor, which can run 64-bit applications.
  2. You must be running OS X 10.6.x, Snow Leopard, or newer as well.

Why do you care? For more on that, read Why is 64 bit better? To know for sure where you stand, below is a chart, courtesy of Apple's support documentation that describes which processor supports 32 and/or 64 bit.  

Processor Name 32- or 64-bit
Intel Core Solo 32 bit
Intel Core Duo 32 bit
Intel Core 2 Duo 64 bit
Intel Quad-Core Xeon 64 bit
Dual-Core Intel Xeon 64 bit
Quad-Core Intel Xeon 64 bit
Core i3 64 bit
Core i5 64 bit
Core i7 64 bit

To figure out which processor (and OS) you are running, do the following:

1. Go to the Apple Menu in the upper left corner of your screen and select "About This Mac" from the menu.

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2. Look for the processor name and description of your processor

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