List of Macs that support macOS 14 Sonoma update, and those that don't

Sep 25, 2023

MacOS 14 Sonoma is releasing tomorrow. But will your device get it or not? Here is a list of Macs that support the new operating system.

First, let's take a look at the official list that Apple has published before releasing the update. The following Macs are eligible for the OS upgrade.

  • iMac 2019 and later
  • Mac Pro 2019 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017
  • Mac Studio 2022 and later
  • MacBook Air 2018 and later
  • Mac mini 2018 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2018 and later

That list is not very informative, so allow us to elaborate with a more extensive list of Macs that are compatible with macOS 14.

List of Macs that support macOS 14 Sonoma

  • iMac Retina 4K 2019
  • iMac Retina 5K 2019
  • iMac Retina 5K 2020
  • iMac M1 2021
  • iMac Pro 2017
  • Mac Pro 2019
  • Mac Pro Rack 2019
  • Mac Pro 2023
  • Mac Pro Rack 2023
  • MacBook Air Retina 2018
  • MacBook Air Retina 2019
  • MacBook Air Retina 2020
  • MacBook Air M1 2020
  • MacBook Air M2 2022
  • MacBook Air M2 15-inch 2023
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2018
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2018
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2019
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2019
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020
  • MacBook Pro M1 13-inch 2020
  • MacBook Pro M1 14-inch 2021
  • MacBook Pro M1 16-inch 2021
  • MacBook Pro M2 13-inch 2022
  • MacBook Pro M2 14-inch 2023
  • MacBook Pro M2 16-inch M2 2023
  • Mac mini 2018
  • Mac mini M1 2020
  • Mac Mini M2 2023
  • Mac Mini M2 Pro 2023
  • Mac Studio 2022 M1 (M1 Ultra and M1 Max)
  • Mac Studio 2023 (M2 Ultra and M2 Max)

Basically, if you have a Mac that was launched in 2018 or later, your machine will get the macOS 14 Sonoma update. The only exception to this is the iMac Pro 2017, which also supports the new operating system. Speaking of which, there are a few computers that won't get the update.

List of macOS 13 Ventura Macs that will not get the macOS 14 Sonoma Update

Six Mac models that were compatible with macOS 13 Ventura will not receive the macOS 14 Sonoma update.

  • iMac 21.5-inch 2017
  • iMac Retina 4K 21.5-inch 2017
  • iMac Retina 5K 27-inch 2017
  • MacBook Retina 12-inch 2017
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch 2017
  • MacBook Pro 15-inch 2017

The list is not as long as the one we saw last year. It is quite rare for Apple to end OS updates for Macs that are less than 6 years old, only one model from 2017 suffered a worse fate last year. The MacBook Air 13-inch 2017 was not updated to Ventura. It is rather strange that Apple has ditched the above devices, considering that Sonoma and Ventura are quite similar in terms of performance.  Only a handful of Intel Macs remain in the company's favor, and I wouldn't be surprised if the company ends OS updates for these in the next year or two.

Of course, just because Apple has decided not to support your old Mac does not necessarily mean that you cannot upgrade to macOS 14 Sonoma. You can use third-party tools like Open Core Legacy Patcher to sideload the update on your machine. We recommend taking a backup of your computer using Time Machine, before trying to install the update, if anything goes awry or if you're unhappy with the performance, you can restore the old OS. Want to learn more about the features in macOS 14 Sonoma, read our previous coverage to find out all about it.

List of Macs that support macOS 14 Sonoma update, and those that don't
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