OS X Mavericks

We explain which Macs, iMacs and MacBooks will upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks when it launches this Autumn. (See also: Get your Mac ready for OS X Mavericks.)

The next version of Apple OS X is set to arrive this Autumn. OS X 10.9 Mavericks is a hotly anticipated upgrade to Apple's desktop and laptop operating system, offering a string of new features and new technology. As you're reading this the chances are you are a Mac user, excited about the opportunity to upgrade to Mavericks. But not all Macs and MacBooks are made equal.

Here we explain which Macs and MacBooks will be able to upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

There are two main factors to consider. Firstly, you need to be able to install Mavericks via the Mac App Store. And secondly your Mac needs the requisite minimum system requirements. Broadly speaking any Mac or MacBook that runs OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard or later should have access to the Mac App Store. And any that runs a 64-bit OS on Intel architecture should fulfil the system requirements, so long as they don't rely on the ATI Radeon X1600, Intel GMA 950 or an integrated GPU.

What this adds up to is this: if you bought your Mac, iMac, MacBook Pro or MacBook Air in the past five years, you should be able to upgrade, with a few exceptions. Below we outline in detail which Apple Macs will run OS X 10.9 Mavericks, and those that won't.

Macs and MacBooks that will run OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Apple laptops that will upgrade to OS X 10.9 Mavericks:

  • MacBook Air: any model from late 2008 onward
  • 13in MacBook Pro: any model from mid-2009 onward
  • 15in MacBook Pro: any model from mid 2007 onward
  • 17in MacBook Pro: any model from late 2007 onward
  • 13in MacBook: any model in aluminium from 2008, or any model from early 2009 onward

Apple desktops that will upgrade to OX S 10.9 Mavericks:

  • iMac: any model from mid 2007 onward
  • Mac mini: any model from early 2009 onward
  • Mac Pro: it needs to be early 2008 or newer

Macs and MacBooks that won't run OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Apple desktops and laptops that are not on the list above include the original MacBook Air: so futuristic at the time and now officially outdated. That's probably the headline laptop on the outside.

In terms of other Apple laptops that run OS X 10.8 but won't upgrade to Mavericks, all plastic MacBooks Pro from before 2008 are on the outside, as are any of the mid-2007 range of MacBooks Pro. Moving on to Apple desktops the mid 2007 Mac mini and iMac models won't be able to upgrade.

(Neither will 2007 Mac Pros, but they never upgraded to OS X 10.8, of course.)

See also: Mavericks preview and Mavericks release date, rumours and leaked images