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Apple macOS 15 system requirements: will it run on your Mac?

Apple is working on its next major software update for the Mac – macOS 15, otherwise known as Sequoia. As you’d expect, macOS 15 will work best with the latest Macs. But a whole bunch of older Mac desktops and MacBooks will also get the free software update – stretching back a good few years.

But will your current Mac device get the macOS 15 update? Here’s our guide to the macOS 15 system requirements.

Will my Mac get macOS 15?

All devices with an Apple silicon chip (an M chip) will get the update, and so will some Intel Macs. Availability has not changed from the previous version – macOS Sonoma.

macOS Sonoma doesn’t support Macs released before 2018, with the exception of 2017’s iMac Pro. That includes some pretty powerful Macs that were previously supported by macOS Monterey, such as 2013’s cylindrical Mac Pro (the ‘trashcan’ one) which although hideously expensive at launch is now a decade old, of course. It also excludes the more affordable, but controversial, MacBook from 2017.

But why would Apple open up macOS 15 to as many devices as possible? The next version of the Mac’s software offers a number of new AI-powered features, including a revamped Siri. The design is also set to get a major refresh. With so many changes, making this update as broad as possible can only be a good thing – giving users an extra reason to keep their Mac. And upgrade to the next one, naturally.

Here’s a full list of the devices expected to be compatible with macOS 15:

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

The new software debuted at Apple’s WWDC 2024 developers conference in June, and is available as a beta. You should not install this on your main device. The software update will roll out to everyone in September.

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