Apple just revealed the latest version of macOS at WWDC, and also listed Macs that will support Monterey – so for those wondering if they can be left out in the cold with macOS 12 Full details on whether you can grab it or not, here.
Here’s a list of compatible Macs widely distributed by Apple:
- 12-inch MacBook (Early 2016 and later)
- MacBook Air (Early 2015 and later)
- MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and later)
- Mac Mini (Late 2014 and later)
- iMac (Late 2015 and later)
- iMac Pro (2017 and later)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013 and later)
If we compare this to the current macOS 11 Big Sur compatible machines, the most notable difference is in Apple’s main laptops, the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.
Previously, MacBook Air models going back to 2013 were good with Big Sur, but now you need an Air from early 2015 — and with the late 2013 to early 2015 MacBook Pro the support goalpost moved in a similar way. are gone.
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In other words, it represents a two-year leap when it comes to freezing machines, while Apple has only pushed a year forward with its 12-inch MacBook and iMac. Support remains unchanged with the Mac Mini and Mac Pro with Monterey compared to Big Sur.
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At any rate, while owners of 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro and Air models may be out of luck upgrading to macOS 12 Monterey, they can still continue with Big Sur with the OS receiving updates from Apple. .
Eventually, that update support road will end — Apple typically supports macOS releases for three years, so probably in 2023 — and at that point, not being able to upgrade to a newer version of macOS will clearly become a problem. goes. In short, you have a few years left where all you’ll be missing is the new features of Monterey (plus the successor), and then it’s definitely time to keep an eye on a hardware upgrade (if you were). T already).
Speaking of those new features, macOS 12, which will be out later this year (in the fall), offers useful tricks for those who have multiple bits of Apple hardware. Like, for example, Universal Control: the ability to place your MacBook and iPad next to each other and to use the latter seamlessly with the laptop’s trackpad (from MacBook desktop to tablet) being able to directly drag and drop). As always, Monterey is a free upgrade.
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