Just in time, Apple announced macOS Monterey at WWDC 2021, bringing major updates to apps like Safari and Mail. While the upgrade is free for all Mac owners, not everyone will get it, especially those with older Macs.
Which Macs support macOS Monterey?
macOS Monterey will be available as a free download to anyone who owns a compatible Mac in Q3 2021
In 2021, the following Mac models will be able to download and install macOS 12.0 Monterey:
- iMac (Late 2015 and newer)
- iMac Pro (2017 and newer)
- MacBook Air (Early 2015 and newer)
- MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and newer)
- MacBook (Early 2016 and newer)
- Mac Mini (Late 2014 and newer)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013 and newer)
Unfortunately, this is not the complete list of Mac models that can currently run macOS 11 Big Sur. That means Apple will drop support for a handful of models this year.
Which Macs Don’t Get Macos Monteray?
Not every Mac model made the cut this year. The following models cannot install the free update:
- iMac (2014 and earlier)
- MacBook Air (2013 and earlier)
- MacBook Pro (2013 and earlier)
- MacBook (2015 and earlier)
If you own one of these models, you’ll continue to receive limited security updates, but you’ll miss out on the revisions and new features usually found with major macOS upgrades.
How do you know which Mac model you have?
Not sure which model of Mac you have? It’s easy to check. Click the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen, then click About This Mac. You will see your Mac model and year listed.
In July 2021, Apple will roll out the first public betas for the upcoming software upgrades. If you have a compatible Mac, you may want to enroll it in the macOS public beta program at beta.apple.com.
Excited about another free upgrade? Check out the full list of improvements coming to macOS Monterey.
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