I have mac os 10.5.8 with 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. What's the latest software I can purchase or upgrade to?

My Mac is Macbook 13 inch, aluminum body

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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    If you have at least 1GB of memory: Snow Leopard (OS 10.6).
    If you have at least 2GB of memory: Lion (OS 10.7) or Mountain Lion (OS 10.8).
    Upgrading to Mountain Lion (OS 10.8) also depends on the year your Mac was made.
    supportDOTappleDOTcom/kb/ht5444 (replace each "DOT" with ".")

    You will need OS 10.6.8 to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion.

    Both Lion and Mountain Lion are no longer directly available from the App Store. You need to go to the Online Apple Store to get a "content code" in order to install Lion or Mountain Lion from the App Store.

    Lion: storeDOTappleDOTcom/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion

    Mountain Lion: storeDOTappleDOTcom/us/product/D6377Z/A/os-x-mountain-lion

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  • An aluminum MacBook can run Mavericks (OS X 10.9) assuming you have enough RAM (at least 4GB).

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  • Not enough information: For the newer OS X's Apple mainly goes by: when the computer was manufactured rather than the processor. This is typically listed in the "system requirements" for each of the OS X's in the apple store. But based on what you have provided, 10.7.8 should work. Newer one's may work but you really need to know when the computer was manufactured to figure that out.

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  • Your MacBook can run up to the current OS (at the time I am writing this, the latest OS is OS X v.10.9.3 "Mavericks"). However, you will first have to upgrade to Mac OS X v.10.6 "Snow leopard" in order to purchase OS X v.10.9.3 "Mavericks" from the Mac App Store. Or, you could do the InstallESD.dmg trick using another Mac to install OS X v.10.9.3 "Mavericks" right from within Mac OS X v.10.5.8 "Leopard".

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  • Hi, thank you for your answers/suggestions.

    Ive provided more details about my mac below:

    Part no. MB467LL/A
    Model # A1278

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