Does macOS Ventura Work on Intel Macs?

macOS Ventura is a major release of Apple’s operating system for Mac computers. It was originally announced at WWDC 2022 and slated for full release in October 2022. The naming follows the Apple naming system that names every major release of macOS after a city in California, the home state for Apple. This started in 2013 with the release of OS X Mavericks.

In this article, I am going to answer a critical question that a lot of people brought up: will my intel Mac support MacOS Ventura? The quick answer is:

Yes and no! macOS Ventura does work on some Intel Macs, but not all of them.

As an IT professional and former Apple Genius with over 6 years of experience working with Apple products and networking equipment, I’ve upgraded my MacBook Pro to the latest macOS Ventura.

As a Developer Beta participant, I’ll share more about the compatibility between Ventura and Intel Macs. Read on to learn more!

Intel Macs vs Apple Silicon Macs

With the arrival of macOS Ventura, we get a lot of exciting new features. In 2020, Apple started transitioning from Intel to their own custom-designed chips, called Apple Silicon.

The transition is estimated to last 2 years. The new custom-designed chips will help Apple establish the same architecture across all its products. This opens a new possibility for developers and users.

For example, devices that run on Apple Silicon can launch some apps that were designed to run only on iPads and iPhones. This is beneficial for some users, as it allows them to run apps on one device. And for developers, this makes it easier to maintain.

With this convenience comes some sacrifices. Users who have Macs that run on Intel will still be losing some of the benefits that come with the yearly major releases of macOS. In the case of macOS Ventura, this is no different.

Intel Macs That Won’t Work With macOS Ventura

If you are using an older Mac machine in the list below, you won’t be able to upgrade to macOS Ventura:

  • MacBook Pro: 2016 models or earlier
  • MacBook Air: 2017 models or earlier
  • iMac: 2016 models or earlier
  • Mac Mini: 2017 models or earlier
  • Mac Pro: 2018 models or earlier

That means you need to stay in the current macOS version, be it Monterey, Big Sur, etc.

Intel Macs That Can Upgrade to macOS Ventura

If you are holding a relatively new Mac machine in this list, congratulations, you can upgrade to macOS Ventura:

  • MacBook Pro: 2017-2019 models
  • MacBook Air: 2018, 2020 models 
  • iMac: 2017 or later models
  • Mac Mini: 2018 model
  • Mac Pro: 2019 model

Note that even if your Intel Macs are compatible, some macOS Ventura features won’t be available. These features include Emoji dictation, Reference Mode, and Live Caption. And your Mac might run slow on macOS Ventura.

Final Words

macOS Ventura adds a lot of powerful features that will help increase productivity and simplify multitasking. But unfortunately, it doesn’t work with all Intel Macs.

If you want to give macOS Ventura a try, make sure that you back up your data first before performing any upgrades. Every new macOS operating system has a few bugs here or there and not all applications might work as expected.

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