Ask Andru: Will OS X Mavericks be compatible with my Mac?

OS X Mavericks

Apple announced OS X Mavericks a few days ago during the WWDC 2013 keynote, and we’ve been getting a bunch of questions about which Macs will work with the new operating system, like this one from Anette:

Andru Edwards

Q: OS X Mavericks looks cool, despite the silly name. However, it seems that when new software is introduced, a bunch of hardware is left out of the mix. Apple didn’t make it clear which Macs will be able to run Mavericks. Do you know? Here’s hoping my 2010 MacBook Air isn’t left out in the cold!

Thankfully, it appears that Mavericks will be pretty forgiving, and won’t need super-new hardware in order to run. In fact, it will run on some Macs that are as much as 6-years old. Here’s the list:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

As you can see, anyone who has bought a Mac within the past four years is covered and will be able to run OS X Mavericks. Mac Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook aluminum buyers as far back as 2008 are also good. In fact, some MacBook Pro and iMac buyers from back in 2007 can even get in on the Mavericks action. We’d say that this is a pretty large blanket of Mac users that will be able to enjoy the next generation of OS X.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks is set to launch later this fall, and will be available exclusively on the Mac App Store. No pricing has been announced just yet, but if history is any indication, it will cost between $19.99 and $29.99.

Andru Edwards is the Editor-in-Chief of Gear Live, a digital strategy consultant, and does speaking gigs focused on startups and social media. He’s a true lover of all things digital. You can contact him on Twitter at @andruedwards, watch his technology videos on YouTube, subscribe to him on Facebook, and find him at the monthly StartupEastside events. He’s happy to help you and your business grow.

  • Forrest Corbett

    It’s important to note that while the system may install, what features will be supported on which machines is yet to be seen. For example, as with Mountain Lion, There’s quite a few features that will not work even though the system will install. http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/

    So if someone is excited about a feature in 10.9, just because their machine is listed in that list doesn’t mean that feature will work on their hardware.

    On a side note, I take it your source for the list is Apple Insider?

    • guest

      Can’t believe iSheeple put up with this.

      • Blinder Alert

        Windows is no different. Take the blinders off.

  • _SahilThakur

    i have successfully installeD MAVERICKS OS X 10.9 on my 2012 Macbook Pro Retina Display 13′. i have attached the image below and hope it is attached properly.