Will your Mac run OS X 10.10 Yosemite?

Summary:Here's a list of the oldest Apple hardware capable of running the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system. If you have this hardware (or better) then you're good to go.

Apple's new desktop operating system – OS X 10.10 Yosemite – is out, and Mac users are asking the obvious question: Will my Mac run Yosemite?

I've dug around in the published specs for and drawn up a list of hardware that will run OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

Before you do that, you need to know what Mac you are running. To do find out, click on the Apple then select About This Mac and then click on More Info…. This will bring up a dialog box that tells you what hardware you are running.

With that out of the way, here's a listing of the oldest Apple hardware capable of running OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

  • MacBook – Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009
  • MacBook Air – Late 2008
  • MacBook Pro – Mid/late 2007
  • Mac mini – Early 2009
  • iMac – Mid 2007
  • Mac Pro – Early 2008
  • Xserve – Early 2009

This, incidentally, is the same list of hardware that can run OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

So, if you have the above hardware or newer (in any configuration, it doesn't matter if you did or didn't buy extra RAM or disk space or the better CPU) then you are good to go with Yosemite.

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Topics: Hardware, Apple


Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology -- whether that be by learning to program, building a PC from a pile of parts, or helping them get the most from their new MP3 player or digital camera.Adrian has authored/co-authored technic... Full Bio

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