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The release of macOS 11.0 Big Sur is getting closer. Not long after WWDC20 keynote Apple already had one short list of compatible Macs released. In this guide, however, I will show you which Mac, iMac and MacBook models are actually meant by this. Which Mac Pro, Mac mini, iMac Pro, MacBook Air, and so on is compatible with macOS Big Sur? You will find the answer to this question in clear lists here. It should be noted: The following does not list the models that can come to macOS 11.0 through a patcher, but only the officially compatible Macs.
According to Apple's official list, all “Mac Pro” models from 2013 onwards are compatible with the new macOS 11.0 Big Sur operating system. So you can upgrade the following Apple computers with this designation to the new OS generation:
According to Apple, the “Mac Mini” models will be compatible with Big Sur from 2014 onwards. But how many versions have there been since then? Which compact computers from Cupertino can upgrade to the new operating system? Here's the answer:
The official list of Apple computers that Big Sur can be installed on only states that the iMac from 2014 and newer models is intended. But since then there have been various models of the Apple desktop computer. Here is the list:
With regard to the iMac Pro, Apple announced that models from 2017 can be used with Big Sur. It's not particularly difficult because there is basically only this one “iMac Pro” model. It was launched in 2017 and since then there has been no significant update that would have ushered in a new generation - the last update from early August 2020 brought a Xeon processor with up to 18 cores and a graphics update to up to 22 TeraFLOPS and 256 GB Quad-channel ECC memory. But even without these updates, the only iMac Pro to date is compatible with macOS 11.0 Big Sur.
The MacBook devices without "Air" or "Pro" addition Apple has crushed until further notice. Still, there are some models that are upgraded to macOS 11.0 Big Sur. Officially, it only says that the MacBook from 2015 and newer are compatible. Broken down, this means the following:
For the MacBook Air, compatibility with macOS Big Sur has been promised for even older models. According to Apple's list, the new operating system supports models from 2013 onwards. In detail, this means that the following Apple notebooks with "Air" addition will soon be able to be used with Big Sur:
Lastly, let's take a look at the ever-popular Apple MacBook Pro. The high-performance mobile computer from Apple has been promised to use the upcoming OS from version "late 2013". This means that the following Apple MacBook Pro models are compatible with macOS Big Sur:
Source for all Mac models: https://everymac.com
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.