OS X Yosemite System Requirements & Compatible Macs List
OS X Yosemite will be one of the most exciting updates to Mac system software in many years, complete with an all new user interface, major iOS integration, and tons of new features. Of course all the excitement surrounding Yosemite is largely useless if your Mac won’t actually run OS X 10.10 when it launches in a public release this fall, so let’s quickly find out if your Mac can run OS X Yosemite.
Step 1: Identify Your Mac Model
First up, figure out what exact model of Mac you have, including the model year identifier. This is easy:
- Go to the Apple menu and choose “About This Mac”
- Click on “More Info…”
- Find the model and model year release details in the upper corner of this screen
Now that you have the model and model year, you can just compare it against the list of supported Macs.
Step 2: Compare to OS X Yosemite Compatible Mac List
The developer preview builds of OS X Yosemite suggest that any Mac capable of running OS X Mavericks (10.9) is also capable of running OS X Yosemite (10.10). Accordingly, here’s the list from ArsTechnica‘s entry on the matter, the presumption as of now is that these Macs that can run Yosemite Dev Preview 1 will continue to be compatible with the final version, though that may change as the final release nears. We’ll be sure to update if anything does.
- iMac (Mid-2007 or newer)
- MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or newer), (15-inch, Mid / Late 2007 or newer), (17-inch, Late 2007 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
- Mac Mini (Early 2009 or newer)
- Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
- Xserve (Early 2009)
You’ll notice the primary hardware requirement is a 64-bit CPU, which is generally an Intel Core 2 Duo or newer processor.
Of course, the list of minimally required hardware is going to be different than what offers ideal performance with all the translucent effects functioning as they intend to without degrading overall system performance, but some of that we won’t know until OS X Yosemite is released in the fall to the public. Generally speaking, the newer the computer the better, and the more resources available the better the performance.