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What is the latest operating system for a Mac?


What is the latest operating system for a Mac?



1. MacOS 11: Big Sur - 12 November 2020 (Latest now)

The new Mac operating system is called Big Sur and it arrived on 12 November - but it's been updated multiple times since. Here's all you need to know about macOS Big Sur, the latest version, and the problems people (including us!) are having with it.

Apple introduced the biggest design update to macOS since the introduction of Mac OS X with macOS Big Sur, overhauling everything from the curvature of window corners to colors and dock icon designs. The revamped look was designed to feel both fresh and familiar at the same time.

MacOS 11: Big Sur system requirements

General Requirements

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • 4GB of memory
  • 35.5GB available storage on macOS Sierra or later*
  • Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.


Mac Hardware Requirements

For details about your Mac model, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and choose About This Mac. These Mac models are compatible with macOS Big Sur:


  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 or later)
  • Mac mini (2014 or later)
  • iMac (2014 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later)












2. MacOS 10.15: Catalina (Jazz) - 7 October 2019

MacOS Catalina (version 10.15) is the sixteenth major release of macOS, Apple Inc.'s desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. It is the successor to macOS Mojave and was announced at WWDC 2019 on June 3, 2019 and released to the public on October 7, 2019. Catalina is the first version of macOS to support only 64-bit applications and the first to include Activation Lock. It is also the last version of macOS to have the version number prefix of 10. Its successor, Big Sur, is version 11.  macOS Big Sur succeeded macOS Catalina on November 12, 2020.


MacOS 10.15: Catalina (Jazz) system requirements

General Requirements

  • OS X 10.9 or later
  • 4GB of memory
  • 12.5GB of available storage (OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or later)*


Mac Hardware Requirements

For details about your Mac model, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and choose About This Mac. These Mac models are compatible with macOS Catalina:

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013 or newer)









3. MacOS 10.14: Mojave (Liberty) - 24 September 2018

MacOS 10.14: Mojave (Liberty) is the fifteenth major release of macOS, Apple Inc.'s desktop operating system for Macintosh computers. Mojave was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on June 4, 2018, and was released to the public on September 24, 2018. The operating system's name refers to the Mojave Desert and is part of a series of California-themed names that began with OS X Mavericks.[3] It succeeded macOS High Sierra and was followed by macOS Catalina.


General Requirements

  • OS X 10.8 or later
  • 2GB of memory
  • 12.5GB of available storage (OS X El Capitan 10.11.5 or later)*


Mac Hardware Requirements

For details about your Mac model, click the Apple icon at the top left of your screen and choose About This Mac. These Mac models are compatible with macOS Mojave:

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013; Mid 2010 and Mid 2012 models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards)




There are many systems but I know they currently apply to very few people. So I won't be able to explain it all but list it below.

4. MacOS 10.13: High Sierra (Lobo) - 25 September 2017
5. MacOS 10.12: Sierra (Fuji) - 20 September 2016
6. OS X 10.11: El Capitan (Gala) - 30 September 2015
7. OS X 10.10: Yosemite (Syrah) - 16 October 2014
8. OS X 10.9 Mavericks (Cabernet) - 22 October 2013
9. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (Zinfandel) - 25 July 2012
10. OS X 10.7 Lion (Barolo) - 20 July 2011
11. OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - 28 August 2009
12. OS X 10.5 Leopard (Chablis) - 26 October 2007
13. OS X 10.4.4 Tiger (Chardonnay)
14. OS X 10.4 Tiger (Merlot) - 29 April 2005
15. OS X 10.3 Panther (Pinot) - 24 October 2003
16. OS X 10.2: Jaguar - 24 August 2002
17. OS X 10.1: Puma - 25 September 2001
18. OS X 10.0: Cheetah - 24 March 2001
19. OS X 10 beta: Kodiak - 13 September 2000





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