Which Macs Won’t be Running Apple’s New macOS Mojave?

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So, the latest instalment from the Apple macOS starts being rolled out in Autumntime in the States. It won’t be long until we get it here in the UK, so

We thought that we’d give you the early head’s up on what models of Macs won’t have the capability of upgrading.

This is the self-titled ‘two-year cycle’ from the bods at Apple which scratches out Macs that had been able to run the immediate predecessor, which was a notable factor when macOS High Sierra came in. For some, Apple’s odd-even cadence that has alternately kept the previous year’s models and dropped models might be somewhat confusing (we hear you!).

A good example of what we’ve just mentioned is from just two years ago, in 2016. Here, we saw macOS Sierra (10.12) wiping 2007’s, 2008’s and a certain number of 2009 Macs from its support. In 2017, High Sierra (10.13) remained with the same models as Sierra.

At this point, Apple is yet to unveil its most up-to-date list of the Macs that will be struck from support. However, as the introduction of Mojave creeps closer by the day, and with its developers rolling out the beta version right at the start of June (2018), the tech giants stated that macOS 10.14 is for “Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards.”

From that statement we can deduce that all Macs introduced in 2009, 2010 and 2011 will be unsupported by the new OS, which then leaves the following machines making the cut on the Mojave list:

  • MacBook Air, mid-2012 and later MacBook
  • MacBook Pro, early-2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro with Retina, 15-inch model, mid-2012 and later
  • MacBook Pro with Retina, 13-inch model, mid-2012 and later
  • iMac, late-2012 and later
  • iMac Pro, late 2012 and later
  • Mac Mini, 2017 and later
  • Mac Pro, late-2012 and later

What added features can we expect from macOS Mojave?

Dark Mode

macOS Mojave users will have the option to switch to Dark Mode. This will turn their desktop to a darkened colour scheme (Twitter users who’ve used night mode will be familiar with this), which puts the focus on the user’s content, with the controls fading neatly into the background.

This is a toggleable option (light and dark), and built-in Mac apps like Calendar, Mail, Messages, Maps and Photos will incorporate Dark Mode designs.

Desktop and Finder

Stacks for the desktop are on hand to organise these chaotic desktops by automatically stacking files into groups based on file type. Users will be able to customise their stack’s sorting system preferences based on other file attributes; date and tags, for example.

Finder has also been treated to an update, with the addition of a Gallery View. This feature takes the place of Cover Flow and allows users to visually browse through files. Additionally, the Preview Pane now displays all of a file’s metadata.

Dynamic Desktop

macOS Mojave gives users a new Dynamic Desktop. This feature automatically alters the desktop picture to meet the time of day.

New Apps and iOS App Support

Four new apps come with the latest update: News, Stocks, Voice Memos and Home are now encompassed on macOS Mojave, directly ported from iOS, with Apple employing a subset of UIKit on the desktop OS. Additionally, third-party developers will have the ability to port iOS applications to macOS next year (2019).

With the Home feature, Mac users have the option to control their HomeKit-enabled accessories. This basically means that they can do things like adjust their thermostat settings or turn lights off and on.

As you’ll already know, if you have an iPhone, Voice Memos lets users record personal notes, lectures, meetings, interviews and song ideas, or whatever you want really! It will be accessible from connected iPhone, iPad, or Mac devices too.

Again, if you have an iPhone or iPad, you will know this function. Stocks brings curated market news together with a tailored watchlist, complete with charts and quotes.


The new Group FaceTime feature gives users the ability to chat as many as 32 other people at any one time, via video or audio from all devices (iPhone, iPad or Mac), with an audio option also available through the Apple Watch. Participants will also be able to join in mid-conversation.

Mac App Store

Finally, macOS Mojave brings a new look to the Mac App Store with fresh editorial content too. A new Discover tab emphasises new and updated apps; Create, Develop, Play and Work tabs that help users find apps for a particular purpose or project.

If you want to buy used MacBook airs, or other refurbished/second-hand Mac devices, but you’re not sure how the updates will affect them, you can get in touch with us here at MacBank, and we will happily help clear up any queries you have.