Is my MacBook eligible for macOS Mojave upgrade?

Apple announced the next version of MacOS Mojave which is due for release in October and comes with major software upgrade including Dark Mode, Split View, improved Spotlight, improved Safari, Mail and Notes, Mission Control and more. The very new question that many will have Is my MacBook eligible for macOS Mojave upgrade?

Just like any other software, MacOS needs to support, and work well when installed, and as the machine gets old, hardware gets outdated and sprinkled with the business decision, some MacBook will be left out. So If you’re wondering whether or not your particular Mac will support macOS Mojave, Apple said one simple thing — Any Mac introduced in mid-2012 or later will support macOS Mojave.

Below is the exact quote:

macOS Mojave will be available this fall as a free software update for Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards.

List of MacBook eligible for macOS Mojave upgrade

Apart from the Mac introduced in mid-2012, any earlier Mac which has metal capable GPU will also get the upgrade. These models could be from 2010 versions as well. Those who aren’t aware of metal capable GPU, it’s a software thing.

This was first announced at WWDC 2015 Apple and called it Metal for OS X. It makes MacBook primary processor and the graphics system work more efficiently. This helps to boost overall performance for heavy apps like FCP X, games, and any graphics intensive program.

Here is a more specific list of supported Mac compatible with macOS Mojave 10.14 The list includes both 13-inch, 13-inch, Mac Mini, and other models that run MacOS X.

  • MacBook Pro (mid 2012 and newer)
  • MacBook Air (mid 2012 and newer)
  • iMac (late 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Mini (late 2012 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013 or newer, or mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with Metal capable GPU)
  • MacBook (early 2015 and later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)

Compared to the last trend, this macOS upgrade supports less number of models. This indicates that the macOS Mojave 10.14 is goign to resource inetisve. It is possible that we will hear report of slowdown of few MacBooks. This will be inspite of them being in the list of compatible device for macOS Mojave 10.14 upgrade.

How to check your MacBook Year?

The simplest and straightforward way to check is looking at the About section of your MacBook.

  • Click on the Appl logo on top of the bar, and select About This Mac.

MacBook eligible for macOS Mojave upgrade

  • This will open a pop-up window which should be like MacBook Air (13-inc, Early 2014). I guess I will get an upgrade for sure.

is your MacBook eligible for macOS Mojave upgrade? Let us know in the comments.

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Ashish Mohta

Ashish is an Android, Macbook user who excels in writing tips, tricks, and features on it to improve your day to day experience with your devices.