macOS Sierra Drops Support for Several Mac Models

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Apple unveiled macOS Sierra during the keynote presentation at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, and for the past few years new versions haven't left any Macs behind. That changes with the operating system formerly known and OS X, so read on to see if your Mac is up to snuff.

macOS Sierra adds lots of new features, but drops support for several Mac modelsmacOS Sierra adds lots of new features, but drops support for several Mac models

macOS Sierra introduces new features like Siri for the Mac, clipboards that can be shared with your other Apple devices, Apple Pay for the Web, auto login via Apple Watch, Desktop and Documents folder access from other devices, picture-in-picture videos, and more.

If you're Mac was made prior to 2009, you won't be upgrading to macOS Sierra. This is the first Mac operating system update since OS X Mountain Lion from 2012 that drops support for older models.

Here's the list of Macs that do support macOS Sierra:

  • MacBook (late 2009 and later)
  • iMac (late 2009 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
  • Mac Mini (2010 and later)
  • Mac Pro (2010 and later)

That's a fairly short compatibility list compared to previous Mac operating system upgrades. That said, it isn't too surprising to see older models drop off the support list considering many more modern features such as Continuity and Metal graphics weren't supported.

Still, Apple is supporting six year old Macs on macOS Sierra, so that's not too shabby.

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I’m eager to hear whether Apple’s doomed Aperture will be compatible with Sierra.


Darn, my Mac Pro early 2009 finally hits a wall :(


And this is the first time my Late 2008 didn’t make the cut…


You mean my PowerMac 6100AV isn’t supported? Boo Hoo! Guess I’ll stick with OS 9 - at least my iTunes 6 music hasn’t been stolen permanently by Apple’s horrible Cloud service as many other victims have attested to. And those Desk Accessories are really neat!  ........


Just how difficult would it have been to support those older models, at least with most features? I really want to know? ANYONE?

Scott B in DC

@iJack, I think Apple is doing well going back to 2009!

Ancient hardware is tough to support from the same codebase. As some point, you have to cut off development for components that you can no longer buy. From that standpoint, we are doing well having support for anything made before 2012.

Yes, my machine made the cut (late 2009 iMac), but I’m not running everything either. I don’t do wireless meaning handoff doesn’t work for me.

Steven Moore

2009 Macpro lost out, would have liked using Siri. I’m a bit perplexed at the cutoff. I haven’t seen any obvious technical reasons yet so I hope it’s not just not wanting to support this hardware or an attempt to force an upgrade, that I can’t afford. They are old machines but I don’t see anything in Sierra that would rule out mine. Mildly annoyed.



As feared, my early 2008 iMac won’t cut it this time. Still a good machine running El Capitan, though (and still chugging along with CS3!!) so I shall be satisfied for now.


So my iMac late 2009 makes the cut (albeit without Handoff etc).

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