These Mac models won‘t get macOS Catalina

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No macOS Catalina
There are some older Macs that can’t upgrade to macOS Catalina.
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Apple is hard at work on the replacement for macOS Mojave. The next version will include new features focused on privacy, accessibility and performance. But that‘s a bit hollow for notebooks and desktops that can’t install the upgrade.

Fortunately, Apple extended support for macOS Catalina to as many devices as possible.

What’s new in macOS Catalina

Despite all the hoopla, iTunes isn’t really dying in macOS 10.15. Instead, it’s being split into several different parts, including dedicated Apple Music, Apple Podcast, Apple Books and Apple TV apps.

And that’s just the start. What used to be called Marzipan is now Project Catalyst. Whatever the name, it will make it easy for developers to port iPad apps to macOS Catalina.

In addition, this upcoming version will be able to easily use an iPad as a second screen, its voice control functionality has been greatly enhanced, and much more.

Be sure to read Cult of Mac’s feature “macOS Catalina takes Mac to an all-new level“ to learn more.

No many Macs left out

The enhancements don’t appear to bring much additional strain to Mac hardware because almost every device that can run last year’s macOS Mojave can also handle Catalina. That only leaves out some fairly old devices.

The newest MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac or Mac mini that can‘t upgrade debuted in 2011. The standout is the 2012 Mac Pro, which can‘t install macOS 10.15.

Macs that support macOS Catalina

According to Apple, the following notebooks and desktops can all upgrade to macOS 10.15:

  • MacBook 2015 and later
  • MacBook Air 2012 and later
  • MacBook Pro 2012 and later
  • Mac mini 2012 and later
  • iMac 2012 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro 2013 and later