Apple today introduced the next version of its Mac operating system, macOS Mojave, at its WWDC keynote. The update brings a number of new features, including a dark mode, dynamic desktop, improved screenshot and screen capture tools, and new apps like Stocks and News.
But will your Mac be able to run the free upgrade when it’s released later this year?
Apple made a big deal during its keynote that iOS 12 will run on all devices that supported iOS 11. Unfortunately, the same isn’t true for Mojave and High Sierra, although you certainly won’t need cutting edge hardware.
macOS Mojave System Requirements
To run macOS Mojave, you’ll need a Mac that was introduced in mid-2012 or later, with the exception of 2010 and 2012 Mac Pros that have Metal-capable graphics cards installed. So, to break that down by model:
- MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
- MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or later)
- MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or later)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
- Mac Pro (2010 or later with Metal-compatible GPU)
These requirements are slightly more strict than those for High Sierra, which included support as far back as the Late 2009 MacBook, the Mid-2010 MacBook Pro, Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 Mac mini, and Late 2009 iMac.
macOS Mojave is expected to be released in the September or October timeframe, keeping with the past several years of Mac operating system releases. A developer beta is available now for registered Apple developers, and a public beta will be available at the end of the month.
As always, do not install the macOS or iOS betas on your production hardware (i.e., primary computer or iPhone). While Apple software betas are relatively stable, they are still pre-release versions that will contain bugs and other issues that may render your device inoperable or destroy your data. These betas are truly meant to be for testing purposes only, and should be treated as such. If you don’t have a spare device on which to test, or the ability to back up your data, you’re better off waiting for the final release in a few months.
Until then, you can check out Apple’s website for an overview of all of the macOS Mojave features.
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