macOS Big Sur - These Mac models are compatible (detailed list)

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.

This guide tells you which Mac models will be compatible with macOS 2013 Big Sur from 2020 to 11.0. Broken down in detail by Mac Pro / Mini, iMac / Pro and MacBook / Pro / Air models.

This guide tells you which Mac models will be compatible with macOS 2013 Big Sur from 2020 to 11.0. Broken down in detail by Mac Pro / Mini, iMac / Pro and MacBook / Pro / Air models.

Which Mac Pro is compatible with macOS Big Sur?

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:

Which Mac Mini is compatible with macOS Big Sur?

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:

Which iMac is compatible with macOS Big Sur?

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:

  • iMac 21,5 inch (Mid 2014)
  • iMac 27 inch with 5K (Late 2014)
  • iMac 27 inch with 5K (Mid 2015)
  • iMac 21,5 inch (Late 2015)
  • iMac 21,5 inch with 4K (Late 2015)
  • iMac 27 inch with 5K (Late 2015)
  • iMac 21,5 inch (Mid 2017)
  • iMac 21,5 inch with 4K (Mid 2017)
  • iMac 27 inch with 5K (Mid 2017)
  • iMac 21,5 inch with 4K (2019)
  • iMac 27 inch with 5K (2019)
  • iMac 27 inch with 5K (2020)

Which iMac Pro is compatible with macOS Big Sur?

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.

Which MacBook is compatible with macOS 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:

Which MacBook Air is compatible with macOS Big Sur?

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:

  • MacBook Air 11 inch (Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (Mid 2013)
  • MacBook Air 11 inch (Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (Early 2014)
  • MacBook Air 11 inch (Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (2017)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (Late 2018)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (2019)
  • MacBook Air 13 inch (2020)

Which MacBook Pro is compatible with macOS 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:

  • MacBook Pro 13 inch (Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch (Late 2013)
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch (Mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch (Mid 2014)
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch (Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch (Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch (Late 2016)
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch (Late 2016)
  • MacBook Pro 13 inch (Mid 2017)
  • MacBook Pro 15 inch (Mid 2017)
  • 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 16 inch (2020)

Source for all Mac models: https://everymac.com

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