How to Check if Your Mac Can Run macOS Big Sur

A lot of our users have one common question now: Will my mac support macOS Big Sur? Apple’s newest Mac operating system will be available soon. The excitement of the new release leads Mac users to this question. Do not worry, the answer is simple. This short article explains how you can find out if your Mac is compatible.

macOS Big Sur

As stated above, macOS Big Sur is the recently announced next major release of Mac OS software. macOS Big Sur is the newest version of macOS. It will be released this fall. According to Apple, Big Sur is the biggest design change to the platform since the OS X software was introduced twenty years ago. It includes a lot of new features and enhancements to the Mac operating system.

Compatible Mac desktop and laptop owners will be able to start using Big Sur. It will be a free update for them.

macOS Big Sur compatible Mac:

Here is Apple’s official list:

  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • 2013 and later MacBook Air
  • 2013 and later MacBook Pro
  • 2014 and later Mac mini
  • 2014 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • 2013 and later Mac Pro

The bad news is that macOS Big Sur is NOT compatible with all Macs that are capable of running macOS Catalina. This is because Apple has changed the system requirements.

How to identify your Mac model

So you may not know your Mac model. Here is how you can identify:

  • Click the Apple menu (upper-left corner of your screen).
  • Click About This Mac.
  • Click the Overview tab.

Then, you should be able to view your Mac model. As you can see, my MacBook will not support macOS Big Sur. This is because my Mac model is not on the list above. If you’re using an older Mac, like me, it may be time for an upgrade.

About This Mac

Alternatively, you can find the model of your Mac using System Information. Here is how:

  • Open the System Information app:
  • Click Hardware.
  • And you will see more details about your Mac’s model.

A last note is that a beta of macOS High Sierra has already been released.

Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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2 thoughts on “How to Check if Your Mac Can Run macOS Big Sur”

  1. Disappointed that my “Late 2013” iMac 27 will not be supported – just missed the cut.

    But will the new version of Safari be able to run on my machine, even without Big Sur?


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