MacOS Sonoma Compatible Mac List – Will My Mac Run MacOS Sonoma?

Aug 7, 2023 - 5 Comments

Which Macs can run MacOS Sonoma

MacOS Sonoma is the upcoming new Mac operating system that features a return of desktop widgets, new screen savers, new video conferencing features for FaceTime, Safari Profiles support, privacy locked Private Browsing mode in Safari, new Messages capabilities, autofill support for PDFs, improved autocorrect with text completion prediction, Game Mode, and much more.

If you’re excited about MacOS Sonoma 14, you may be wondering if you can run the new operating system on your Mac, and if your Mac is compatible with MacOS Sonoma. Let’s check out the official list of supported Macs for MacOS Sonoma, so you can determine if your computer will run the new operating system.

List of Macs Supporting MacOS Sonoma

The list of Macs that are compatible with and support MacOS Sonoma are as follows:

  • MacBook Pro 2018 and later
  • MacBook Air 2018 and later
  • Mac Mini 2018 and later
  • Mac Studio 2022 and later
  • iMac 2019 and later
  • iMac Pro 2017
  • Mac Pro 2019 and later

This list is borrowed directly from Apple, who decides which Macs will support the Sonoma operating system.

MacOS Sonoma compatible Macs list

As you can see, Apple dropped basically anything from 2017 or before except for the iMac Pro. To simplify things, you can think of it this way; if your Mac has been released from 2018 or later, it will run MacOS Sonoma, as well as the 2017 iMac Pro.

The system requirements for MacOS are the base models for those compatible devices (typically a minimum of 8GB RAM / 128GB SSD), but for the best performance, you’d want to have the most RAM, storage, and capable CPU as possible.

How do I know if my particular Mac will run MacOS Sonoma?

The easiest way to determine if your particular Mac will be able to run MacOS Sonoma 14 is to get the Mac model from  Apple menu > About This Mac. Here, you’ll find the model name and model year of your Mac, which you can compare to the list of MacOS Sonoma compatible Macs on this page.

Check Mac model for compatibly with MacOS Sonoma

Interested users can install the MacOS Sonoma public beta or developer beta right now, just be sure to backup first, and have comfort with a beta operating system.

The MacOS Sonoma release date is set for this fall.


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  1. Ron Mac says:

    I have an iMac 2011 – Previously I had an iMac 2007.
    It is frustrating that Mac OSes leave old hardware behind.
    Many people like me, cannot afford a new computer every 5 years.
    We especially cannot afford an Apple brand computer as they are more expensive.
    My 2017 Dell runs Windows 10 just fine, and MS still offers security updates for it.

    I wish I could afford a new or newer Mac. I simply cannot.
    I am in my 60’s and on a fixed, well sort of broke-ish income.
    I will mis Mac OSes very much. I may go with Linux on my iMac.
    I have installed it and used it on computers..
    The updates / re-installs along with back up and recovering data will be more difficult.

    I am unsure of my future Mac usage.
    I really, really, really like Macs.
    Best wishes for you all!

    • Apple placed an Activation block on 2019 MacPro Tower.
      No access to files documents & videos for over 30 yrs.
      Apple states there is nothing they can do. How do I get back access to my computer?

  2. John PhD says:

    It is a bit annoying. Developer and public betas arrived to my 2017 MacBook Pro. I did not install any beta yet. But, will it work – if I try?

  3. Dennis Bring says:

    Hmm. My old iMac bought in 2010 was upgradable to 2018. 7-8 years. Bought a new in 2018 (apparently 2017 model) which just lasted to 2023 – 5 years. And they can not be upgraded with larger disks anymore. Time to move back to PC/Windows hardware.

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