Apple blocks out old hardware from FCP X

Apple blocks out old hardware from FCP X
June 26, 2011 Oskar

If you have a Mac Pro with ATI 2600HD or Nvidia 7300GT and you try to download Final Cut Pro X from App Store, you will get a popup saying that your GPU is too old to run the software.

Nothing but a cheap blow from Apple to force people buying new stuff.

A user on Hardmac reports;

“Yesterday I was unable to install Final Cut Pro X on my Dual-Core Mac Pro Intel Xeon rev. 1.1 (from September 2006) because the graphics card is not compatible with OpenCL. I created a session with my name on a friend’s recent MacBook Pro and bought it with my iTunes account to test it on his computer and buy it on mine after would have changed the graphics card. Today I put the MacBook Pro in target mode to transfer some video files.

Then, from my Mac Pro, opened the Application folder of the MacBook Pro and I was able to launch the Application! I then copied it in the application folder of my Mac Pro and tried to launch it again, it worked! I went to the software update menu and the other softwares were installed!”

Of course it will run kinda slow, but for people wanting to try it out, they should at least have a chance to do so.



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  1. edude03 8 years ago

    Actually I really disagree with you on the last point. Apple has made it’s name by doing what’s in the best interest of the consumer. Allowing people to run software on unsupported hardware will just leave them with a bad impression of the software.

    For example, look at Crysis and Windows Vista, nothing was really wrong with either, but people cried out that it ran so bad on their aging hardware. Whereas people like me (with highend PCs) had no problem with the software genuinely enjoyed it.

    Now some people may be willing to jump through hoops to get FCPX running, but apple is trying to prevent people that are less knowledgeable from having a bad experience.

  2. Cindori 8 years ago

    Problem is, do we really want Apple to determine what isn’t good for us, or do we want the freedom of choice.

  3. edude03 8 years ago


    Problem is, do we really want Apple to determine what isn’t good for us, or do we want the freedom of choice.

    _we_ you and me who know better don’t want apple to choose for us, and like I said it’s still possible to jump through hoops to get it working. But for the people who can’t/won’t jump through the hoops, I think blocking them until they upgrade makes sense.

  4. Cindori 8 years ago

    Just got word from a friend who tried this work-around with his ATI 2600 HD:

    “it’s wicked fast, even on my card…”
    “too bad it’s like iMovie on steroids, but it’s running great”

    So much for “Apple knows best for the user.”..?

    You have to realize Apple is a company and despite what they say about how much they care about their users, every decision they make is with money in mind.

  5. Tom 8 years ago

    Well, you have to give Apple credit for what they do with their OS.
    Some restrictions are part of what makes you like to use their software.

    This graphiccard-restriction (be it FCPX or OSX itself) on the other hand really looks like a big ripoff. It can’t be that hard to support other/old gpu-hardware with drivers.

    I REALLY bless this blog and the scene, breaking some bricks in the wall.