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macOS Big Sur on older Macs

Supported Models

Any hardware supporting SSE4.1 CPU and 64-Bit firmware work on this patcher. To check your hardware model, run the below command on the applicable machine in terminal:

system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep 'Model Identifier'

The below table will list all supported and unsupported functions of the upgrade currently:

Regarding OS support, see below:

Support Entry Supported OSes Description Comment
HostOS macOS 10.9 – macOS 11 Refers to OSes where running OpenCore-Patcher.app are supported Supports 10.7+ if Python 3.9 or higher
TargetOS macOS 11 Refers to OSes that can be patched to run with OpenCore May support 10.4 and newer (in a potentially broken state). No support provided.

# MacBook

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
MacBook1,1 Mid-2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
MacBook2,1 Late 2006 32-Bit Firmware limitation
MacBook3,1 Late 2007
MacBook4,1 Early 2008 YES – No GPU Acceleration in Mavericks and newer
– No Keyboard and Trackpad
– No USB
MacBook5,1 Late 2008 – GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
MacBook5,2 Early 2009 – GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
– Trackpad is recognized as mouse
– Brightness control partially supported
MacBook6,1 Late 2009 – GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
MacBook7,1
Mid-2010
MacBook8,1 Mid-2015 Everything is supported

# MacBook Air

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
MacBookAir1,1 Early 2008 NO Requires SSE4.1 CPU
MacBookAir2,1 Late 2008 YES GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
MacBookAir3,1 Late 2010
MacBookAir3,2
MacBookAir4,1 Mid-2011
MacBookAir4,2
MacBookAir5,1 Mid-2012 Everything is supported
MacBookAir5,2
MacBookAir6,1 Mid-2013, Early 2014
MacBookAir6,2

# MacBook Pro

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
MacBookPro1,1 Early 2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
MacBookPro1,2
MacBookPro2,1 Late 2006 32-Bit Firmware limitation
MacBookPro2,2 Late 2006
MacBookPro3,1 Mid-2007 Requires SSE4.1 CPU
MacBookPro4,1 Early 2008 YES GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
MacBookPro5,1 Late 2008
MacBookPro5,2 Early 2009
MacBookPro5,3 Mid-2009
MacBookPro5,4
MacBookPro5,5
MacBookPro6,1 Mid-2010
MacBookPro6,2
MacBookPro7,1
MacBookPro8,1 Early 2011
MacBookPro8,2
MacBookPro8,3
MacBookPro9,1 Mid-2012 Everything is supported
MacBookPro9,2
MacBookPro10,1 Mid-2012, Early 2013
MacBookPro10,2 Late 2012, Early 2013
MacBookPro11,1 Late 2013, Mid-2014
MacBookPro11,2
MacBookPro11,3

# Mac mini

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
Macmini1,1 Early 2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
Macmini2,1 Mid-2007 32-Bit Firmware limitation
Macmini3,1 Early 2009 YES GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
Macmini4,1 Mid-2010
Macmini5,1 Mid-2011
Macmini5,2
Macmini5,3
Macmini6,1 Late 2012 Everything is supported
Macmini6,2

# iMac

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
iMac4,1 Early 2006 NO 32-Bit CPU limitation
iMac4,2 Mid-2006
iMac5,1 Late 2006 32-Bit Firmware limitation
iMac5,2
iMac6,1
iMac7,1 Mid-2007 YES – Requires an SSE4.1 CPU Upgrade

– GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues

– Brightness control partially supported on Nvidia GPUs, AMD unsupported
– Stock Bluetooth 2.0 card non-functional
iMac8,1 Early 2008 – GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues
– Brightness control partially supported on Nvidia GPUs, AMD unsupported
iMac9,1 Early 2009
iMac10,1 Late 2009 – GPU is socketed, recommend upgrading to Metal GPU

– GPU Acceleration in Public Beta, see current issues

iMac11,1
iMac11,2 Mid-2010
iMac11,3
iMac12,1 Mid-2011
iMac12,2
iMac13,1 Late 2012 Everything is supported
iMac13,2
iMac13,3
iMac14,1 Late 2013
iMac14,2
iMac14,3
iMac14,4 Mid-2014
iMac15,1 Late 2014, Mid-2015 Display will output to 4k instead of 5k
  • For iMac 10,1 through iMac 12,x, we highly recommend users upgrade the GPU to a Metal supported model. Contact us here for more information: support@ifixmacs.co.za

# Mac Pro

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
MacPro1,1 Mid-2006 NO 32-Bit Firmware limitation
MacPro2,1 Mid-2007
MacPro3,1 Early 2008 YES – Potential boot issues with built-in USB 1.1 ports (recommend using a USB 2.0 hub or dedicated USB PCIe controller)
– Potential boot issues with stock Bluetooth card, recommend removing to avoid kernel panics
MacPro4,1 Early 2009 Everything is supported as long as GPU is Metal capable
MacPro5,1 Mid-2010, Mid-2012

# Xserve

SMBIOS Year Supported Comment
Xserve1,1 Mid-2006 NO 32-Bit Firmware limitation
Xserve2,1 Early 2008 YES Everything is supported as long as GPU is Metal capable
Xserve3,1 Early 2009

We can do the necessary assessment and can upgrade the above Macs. Assessment fee is R850 and if we do the actual upgrade the costs will be R850, the assessment fee will then be wavered.

 

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