Apple Mac, iMac, and MacBook: These models are compatible with macOS High Sierra

New models of Apple Mac, iMac and MacBook are also coming MacOS High Sierra therefore; but which existing versions of the Cupertino computers are compatible with the new macOS 10.13 operating system? Here you will find the answer and a few details about macOS High Sierra itself. So you know exactly whether you will be able to enjoy HEVC, APFS, auto-play blocking and Co. with your Apple computer from autumn 2017.

Apple operating system macOS High Sierra 10.13
The new Apple operating system macOS 10.13 High Sierra will be available in autumn 2017. In this article you will find out which models of Apple Mac, iMac and MacBook are compatible.

Macs, iMacs, and MacBooks compatible with macOS High Sierra

According to some reports that came from the beta installation of macOS 10.13 High Sierra When setting up the new operating system, you can choose whether you want to migrate from HFS + to APFS. What that means, you can read below. Here is an overview of the individual Apple computers and laptops that are compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra:

  • Mac mini: Generation 5 (2010), 6 (2011), 7 (2012), and 8 (2014)
  • Mac Pro: 2010, 2012, 2013
  • iMac: Generation 6 (2009, 2010, 2011) and 7 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • MacBook (also Retina): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016
  • MacBook Air: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • MacBook Pro (also Retina): 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • And of course everyone on the Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote was presented

Instructions and tips for the new macOS: The standard work

What's new in macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Here are a few changes and innovations that the new Apple operating system brings with it:

  • File system can be changed from HFS + to APFS: Details about APFS here!
  • Siri gets a more natural voice and a new symbol
  • Siri inquiries can now be made either by voice or by typing
  • It can be determined on which content / Apps Siri can access
  • High Efficiency Video Coding: Coding of video content in HEVC or H.265 or MPEG-H Part 2 is supported
  • The Safari web browser automatically blocks auto-play content; Authorizations can also be set individually for each page
  • Tables can now also be created in the Notes app
  • Particularly important notes can be pinned
  • Messages (formerly iChat app) on macOS 10.13 is limited to iMessage, leaving AIM and Hello left out
  • The mail app gets an improved toolbar and a revised search function
  • Photos gets a new sidebar for better navigation
  • Like at Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote shown, editing images in the Photos app becomes richer and easier
  • Batch option: Rotation or adjustment of several selected images at the same time
  • Content from the iCloud Drive can be accessed via the Finder share with others
  • Everything about macOS High Sierra is given up, of course

Slightly disappointed with the name

By the way, we are slightly disappointed with the name of the new Apple operating system. And that is not primarily due to the fact that only one word was added to the current system, but rather to the fact that the proposal made on this page in January was not implemented. There is nothing wrong with it macOS Saxon Switzerlandright? ;) Well, maybe with macOS 10.14 ...

Presentation at the Apple WWDC 2017 Keynote

Are you doing the update?

Are you going to update your Mac, iMac or MacBook to macOS 10.13 High Sierra? Or do you stick with the version of the Apple operating system that you currently have? Feel free to leave your opinion on the topic as a comment;)

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18 comments on “Apple Mac, iMac and MacBook: These models are compatible with macOS High Sierra”

  1. When updating to El Capitan, I let myself be tempted to update my MacBook Pro 5.3. Since then, this device has been running very slowly, especially starting up is about three times as long as before with Lion. I will hardly make this mistake again.

    1. Hi Peter! It is possible that various system services re-index files immediately after the update (Spotlight, etc.) ... but if you let it run overnight, it should be sorted out. If it is still sluggish afterwards, I would see if the RAM or the hard drive is full. I didn't experience this slowdown on the MacBook Pro ... but I also have 16 GB of RAM. If you have less, it can sometimes run out if you have many programs running in parallel.

      If you use the MacBook in almost one place, you could also consider getting an external SSD and backing up the system on it. That speeds up the Mac tremendously. But it's impractical when you're on the move with a MacBook. ;-)

        1. Actually, the Mac does this all the time on the side. You can also restart it manually by going to “Spotlight” in the system settings. Then there on the “Privacy” tab. There you can usually see the drives that he should not index. In your case it is probably empty. Then click “+” and add your hard drive. This throws away the Spotlight index for that disk. Now click on the hard drive in the list and remove it from the list with "-". This will allow Spotlight to index them again and will probably get to work right away.

          It may be that the Mac then reacts a bit “lamely” because it is combing through the hard drive and all the files in the background.

  2. I have an iMac from early 2009, only now one question remains. Is macOS High Sierra also compatible with the iMac from early 2009? Namely, "macOS Sierra" only runs on iMacs from late 2009. However, this article only says that "macOS High Sierra" for all models from 2009, 2010 etc...

    So my iMac is also compatible with “macOS Sierra High”?

    Best regards,

    1. Hello!
      Thanks for the hint. It is true that only the models from the end of 2009 are compatible. I have here again the information on the models of the official Apple site selected on the topic:

      • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
      • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
      • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
      • Mac mini (mid 2010 or later)
      • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
      • Mac Pro (mid 2010 or newer)

      Best regards!

    2. Maybe an update from my side: If you want to see which operating system your Mac supports, how much RAM you can install, or you want to find out similar technical things, then the iPhone app “MacTracker” is a good place to go look for the exact model and then see a lot of background information about it! A recommendation that absolutely has to be mentioned again here in the blog. Then in a separate article… :D

  3. Hi
    Does High Sierra (final version) run on iMacs with a Fusion drive (1TB)?
    My iMac is from the end of 2012, has 16 GB of RAM, processor: 2,9 GHz Intel Core i5.

    1. Hello Horst! A Fusiondrive is not a problem for macOS High Sierra. And the age of your iMac is not an obstacle either. I think this will work! I would (as always before such a big update!) make a 1:1 backup of the Fusion Drive on an external hard drive. If there are problems with any software, you can always “go back” at short notice. VG! Jens

  4. Hello, I would also like to know if it makes sense for me to upgrade to High Sierra. My MacBook Pro (13 inch, end of 2011) with 4 GB RAM (4 GB 1333 MHZ DDR3) runs quite quickly with OS X El Capitan. Now I'm afraid that with an update I will slow it down. That was also my consideration with OS X Sierra. If an operating system works well, does it make any sense?
    Maybe one or the other can give me some advice? ;)
    Thank you in advance ... lg Renate

    1. Hello Renate! Yes, of course that is a good question. If I remember it correctly, the switch was not associated with slowing down for me. And High Sierra leads too APFS one, which is an advantage in terms of file management. For this reason I would do the following in your place:
      1. a backup with the software Super Duper on an external hard drive.
      2. Upgrade macOS to High Sierra.
      3. Give the Mac a day and do a reboot or two to finish indexing and stuff like that.

      Spotlight's indexing can temporarily slow down the Mac after an update, but that will eventually be done and then you will have a "real" impression of the system's speed.

      I think there is a high probability that upgrading your MacBook Pro shouldn't have any negative consequences. But I would do the backup in any case. Just to be on the safe side, in case any software that is important to you no longer works.

  5. Thank you very much for your detailed tip (very important to me :)), then I'll try my luck. Thanks again and greetings from Austria, Renate

  6. At first I was really angry about the update, because I had bought an iMac three days beforehand and otherwise only knew Windows computers. So I had to get used to twice, because some innovations were already heavy, but the best is Mail, I had initially thought that I would reinstall Outlook, but after the update, Mail does exactly what I had in mind.

  7. Hello, I have an old MacBook 2009 (private use) and would like to copy it to a newer MacBook Pro (mid-2012, memory 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3.). The newer Mac Book comes from my old company and there is no longer any important data on it.
    For now, I want to upgrade the newer MacBook. Operating system 10.8.5 is still on both computers. Installed. Can I do that and does it make sense? Or should I rather use an older operating system, if that works at all. I don't know my way around very well :-) Thank you very much.

    1. Hello Kerstin! So it's not that easy to copy over. There is a migration assistant on the Mac (in the “Applications” -> “Utilities” folder) for this. My recommendation would be: First make a 1:1 backup of the old Mac on an external hard drive with Super Duper. Then try to update the old Mac to High Sierra. Then test if everything works. If so, then install High Sierra on the new MacBook and transfer all data with the migration assistant. As far as I know, the Macs must have the same macOS installed for Migration Assistant to do its job. I would always prefer a new system for security reasons. It doesn't necessarily have to be slower either, since many programs are also accelerated in newer versions or macOS itself works more efficiently.

  8. Hello, I have a Macbook Pro 17” (mid 2010) and upgraded to High Sierra in the fall. Computer ran fine, only
    Unfortunately, the films that I bought via iTunes only jerked. So I'm back to El Capitan, but I'd still like to upgrade. Can you give me an explanation for the "jerking" or help me in any way? (The friendly Apple Support declared itself not responsible for such a “vintage device” sic!!!)…..
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hello Stefan! Yes, eight-year-old devices are no longer a concern for Apple Support. : D But to your problem: I don't know exactly why they didn't jerk under El Capitan and under High Sierra they did. If you have an external hard drive where you could put High Sierra on it again as a test, I would be interested in the activity display. With a fresh system it can happen that the Mac is still busy with some backups and indexing in the background and therefore the videos are jerky. But you would see that on the activity display. Otherwise it is VLC Player a great video player that still plays videos smoothly on old Macs. But I'm afraid that the movies in iTunes have DRM protection and can ONLY be played via iTunes. Then unfortunately VLC doesn't help either. :( LG! Jens

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