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MacOS High Sierra: Is your Mac compatible?

by Danny Zepeda | June 5, 2017

Apple took the wraps off its latest MacOS update called High Sierra. The update adds a number of new features, of which you can read about in our in-depth breakdown. The bigger question is—will your Mac be compatible with the update?

Apple usually does a great job of supporting past generations of devices with its updates. MacOS High Sierra is no different.

The MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini and Mac Pro dating back to 2010 will be supported. The iMac and even the plastic MacBook dating back to 2009 will be supported as well. That means that all Macs dating back seven and eight years will be supported by Apple’s latest software update. Say what you will about Apple, but they support their computers for the long haul.

You can see the breakdown of Macs being supported down below.

  • 2009 or newer MacBook
  • 2009 or newer iMac
  • 2010 or newer MacBook Pro
  • 2010 or newer MacBook Air
  • 2010 or newer Mac mini
  • 2010 or newer Mac Pro

A forewarning that although your computer may be supported, not every feature will be available to the older models due to lack of either components or graphic power.

Among the major updates arriving with MacOS High Sierra is continued system-wide refinements like improved ad management in Safari, a ravamp of the Photos app and updated Siri functionality. New 64-bit architecture will work better with flash systems and operating system responsiveness and security was updated.

MacOS High Sierra is now available to developers and will be available to to everyone for free come this fall. But if you’re feeling particularly anxious to get your hands on MacOS High Sierra, you can join Apple’s Beta Software Program and get access to High Sierra some time later this summer.


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Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...


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