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Guide: What is the latest version of macOS compatible with my Mac?

The “active” life cycle of a Mac It is undoubtedly the largest in the computer industry and, when I refer to the active life, I speak of the period in which the device continues to receive updates from its descendants and earn the latest features made by the manufacturer (or at least some of them). , since not all really come to the "older" models).

Still, it comes to an end one day: even the most powerful and resilient hardware will no longer be updated by Apple, eventually being classified as classic or obsolete. The idea of ​​the tables below is to take a look at the working life of each Mac that has been released (at least from the last decade to c), so you can analyze Apple's longevity patterns and perhaps even make a better decision about it. It's time to choose a new computer especially if we are talking about a used device.

Our tables will be updated as needed (ie whenever a new model of Mac is released or a completely new version of macOS is released), so the invitation is invited to check back this post anytime.

iMac

Model Launch year macOS on launch macOS supported
20 ″ and 24 ″ (Mid 2007) 2007 Mac OS X 10.4.10 OS X 10.11.6
20 ″ and 24 ″ (Early 2008) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.2 OS X 10.11.6
20 ″ and 24 ″ (Early / Mid 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.6 OS X 10.11.6
21.5 ″ and 27 ″ (End of 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.6.1 macOS 10.13.6
21.5 ″ and 27 ″ (Mid 2010) 2010 Mac OS X 10.6.3 macOS 10.13.6
21.5 ″ and 27 ″ (Mid 2011) 2011 Mac OS X 10.6.6 macOS 10.13.6
21.5 ″ (End of 2011) 2011 Mac OS X 10.7 macOS 10.13.6
21.5 ″ and 27 ″ (End of 2012) 2012 OS X 10.8.2 last available
21.5 ″ (Early 2013) 2013 OS X 10.8.2 last available
21.5 ″ and 27 ″ (End of 2013) 2013 OS X 10.8.4 last available
21.5 ″ (Mid 2014) 2014 OS X 10.9.3 last available
27 ″ Retina 5K (End of 2014) 2014 OS X 10.10 last available
27 ″ Retina 5K (Mid 2015) 2015 OS X 10.10.2 last available
21.5 ″, 21.5 ″ 4K Retina and 27 ″ Retina 5K (End of 2015) 2015 OS X 10.11 last available
21.5 ″, 21.5 ″ 4K Retina and 27 ″ Retina 5K (2017) 2017 macOS 10.12.4 last available
iMac Pro 2017 macOS 10.13.2 last available
21.5 ″ 4K Retina and 27 ″ 5K Retina (2019) 2019 macOS 10.14.4 last available

Mac mini

Model Launch year macOS on launch macOS supported
Mid 2007 2007 Mac OS X 10.4.10 Mac OS X 10.7.5
Early 2009 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.6 OS X 10.11.6
End of 2009 2009 Mac OS X 10.6 OS X 10.11.6
Mid 2010 2010 Mac OS X 10.6.3 macOS 10.13.6
Mid 2011 2011 Mac OS X 10.7 macOS 10.13.6
End of 2012 2012 OS X 10.8.1 last available
End of 2014 2014 OS X 10.10 last available
2019 2018 macOS 10.14 last available

Mac pro

Model Launch year macOS on launch macOS supported
Early 2008 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.1 OS X 10.11.6
Early 2009 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.6 OS X 10.11.6
Mid 2010 2010 Mac OS X 10.6.4 macOS 10.14.6
Mid 2012 2012 Mac OS X 10.7.3 macOS 10.14.6
End of 2013 2013 OS X 10.9 last available

MacBook

Model Launch year macOS on launch macOS supported
13 ″ (Early 2008) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.2 Mac OS X 10.7.5
13 ″ (End of 2008) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.4 Mac OS X 10.7.5
13 ″ Aluminum (End of 2008) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.5 OS X 10.11.6
13 ″ (Early 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.6 OS X 10.11.6
13 ″ (Mid 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.7 OS X 10.11.6
13 ″ (End of 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.6.1 macOS 10.13.6
13 ″ (Mid 2010) 2010 Mac OS X 10.6.3 macOS 10.13.6
12 ″ Retina (Early 2015) 2015 OS X 10.10.2 last available
12 ″ Retina (Early 2016) 2016 OS X 10.11.4 last available
12 ″ Retina (2017) 2017 macOS 10.12.5 last available

MacBook Air

Model Launch year macOS on launch macOS supported
Original 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.1 Mac OS X 10.7.5
End of 2008 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.5 OS X 10.11.6
Mid 2009 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.6 OS X 10.11.6
End of 2010 2010 Mac OS X 10.6.4 macOS 10.13.6
Mid 2011 2011 Mac OS X 10.7 macOS 10.13.6
Mid 2012 2012 Mac OS X 10.7.4 last available
Mid 2013 2013 OS X 10.8.4 last available
Early 2014 2014 OS X 10.9.2 last available
Early 2015 2015 OS X 10.10.2 last available
13 ″ (2017) 2017 macOS 10.12.4 last available
13 ″ (2018) 2018 macOS 10.14.1 last available
13 ″ (2019) 2019 macOS 10.14.5 last available

MacBook Pro

Model Launch year macOS on launch macOS supported
15 ″ and 17 ″ (Early 2008) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.2 OS X 10.11.6
15 ″ (End of 2018) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.5 OS X 10.11.6
17 ″ (End of 2018) 2008 Mac OS X 10.5.4 OS X 10.11.6
17 ″ (Early 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.6 OS X 10.11.6
13 ″, 15 ″ and 17 ″ (Mid 2009) 2009 Mac OS X 10.5.7 OS X 10.11.6
13 ″, 15 ″ and 17 ″ (Mid 2010) 2010 Mac OS X 10.6.3 macOS 10.13.6
13 ″, 15 ″ and 17 ″ (Early 2011) 2011 Mac OS X 10.6.6 macOS 10.13.6
13 ″, 15 ″ and 17 ″ (End of 2011) 2011 Mac OS X 10.7.2 macOS 10.13.6
13 ″, 15 ″ and 15 ″ Retina (Mid 2012) 2012 Mac OS X 10.7.4 last available
13 ″ Retina (End of 2012) 2012 OS X 10.8.1 last available
13 ″ Retina and 15 ″ Retina (Early 2013) 2013 OS X 10.8.2 last available
13 ″ Retina and 15 ″ Retina (End 2013) 2013 OS X 10.9 last available
13 ″ Retina and 15 ″ Retina (Mid 2014) 2014 OS X 10.9.4 last available
13 ″ Retina (Early 2015) 2015 OS X 10.10.2 last available
15 ″ Retina (Mid 2015) 2015 OS X 10.10.3 last available
13 ″ and 15 ″ (2016) 2016 macOS 10.12.1 last available
13 ″ and 15 ″ (2017) 2017 macOS 10.12.5 last available
13 ″ and 15 ″ (2018) 2018 macOS 10.13.6 last available
13 ″ and 15 ″ (2019) 2019 macOS 10.14.5 last available

For those interested, we also have these guides for iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple TVs.

Enjoy! 😉


Last Update: November 11, 2019.