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See If Your Mac, iDevices Are Compatible with Sierra, iOS 10


Today’s WWDC keynote saw the unveiling of the next iterations of iOS and the newly named macOS. The announcements of iOS 10 and macOS Sierra will lead many to wonder whether their devices or Macs will support the new operating systems.

The Rocket Yard has put together a quick guide of devices compatible with the new operating systems.

It appears that for the first time since 2012, older Macs will be dropped from compatibility and will not run macOS Sierra, many of which are 2007-2009 models.

Here is a list of Mac models that will be compatible with macOS Sierra, according to Ars Technica:

  • 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)

Here is a list of iDevices that will run iOS 10, according to Apple:

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Note: Not all Macs and iDevices will support every feature of the new operating systems.

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  • I can’t believe Apple doesn’t put go slow code in iOS and core app updates for old devices. My iPhone 5 goes blank screen for a good ten seconds when I touch to open the Messages app after it’s been powered down. Same for a couple of other core apps. My 3rd party apps seem fine.

  • Certainly their are times when one’s machine cannot “keep up” with the demands of new software. Rather than just announce obsolescence, however, users should be told why their models will not be compatible. There might be less expensive alternatives that would allow users to patch their machine into another couple of years of use at least.

  • Gotta love Apple. A 2009 MacPro does not make the cut but a 2009 MacBook does!

    seriously, the most powerful model made in 2009, selling for more than 2x the price at its lowest config doesn’t cut it. And really, what is the difference between a 2009, 2010 and 2012 MacPro? The memory is a little slower. The graphics cards are a little slower (assuming one never upgraded).

  • I think Apple’s claim of compatibility is suspect. They made the same claim regarding El Capitan. Installing El Crap onto my mid 2012 MacBook Pro i5 4GB has turned my machine into an unstable slug. Daily productivity is down about 40%. Is there anything released about Sierra to make you think I would have a different experience using this OS when its released?

    • Your mid-2012 can take 16GB – should restore your lost productivity like it did my same config. Good Luck!

  • I think my iMac will not run the new system. I don’t like the rumors I hear that a new file system is coming out. I have 1000 of files that will eventually not be readable. Like the old Apple Works situation.

  • I’m batting .500. My iPhone 5 is in, while my iPad 3, always treated by Apple as a troublesome step-child, is out.

    With only one model that’ll upgrade, I feel for those who bought an iPod. My suggestion to those budget-challenged enough to be pushed toward an iPod is to opt for a used or refurb iPhone instead. Buy carefully, and you’ll get more for your money. I got my world-ready, unlocked, Verizon iPhone 5 for about the same price as a new iPod touch, and it does much, much more. Just because you buy a smartphone doesn’t mean you have to pay those cellular costs.