Is there a list of officially-supported Mac models on to which macOS Sierra can be installed?

I presume it is the same as OS X El Capitan as there does not appear to be many changes which would warrant removing some models of Mac from the supported list, but I can't seem to be able to confirm this.


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The Keynote announced the following supported hardware:

  • Late 2009: MacBook (MacBook6,1)
  • Late 2009: iMac (21.5" iMac10,1, 27" iMac10,1 and iMac 10,2)
  • Mid 2010: MacBook Pro (13" MacBookPro7,1, 15" MacBookPro6,2, 17" MacBookPro6,1)
  • Mid 2010: Mac mini (Macmini4,1)
  • Mid 2010 : Mac Pro (MacPro5,1)
  • Late 2010: MacBook Air (11" MacBookAir3,1, 13" MacBookAir3,2)

All later models are unquestionably compatible. A public list (on Apple's website) is not available yet, but a list may be available in the Release Notes (Developer Only).

For the Developer Preview: Registered Developers can access InstallableMachines.plist in InstallESD.dmg for a full list of officially supported Mac board-ids.

It may be possible to install on some unsupported hardware through modifying firmware, the installer, or other methods.

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    In reference to "However, these do not appear to be a firm list"... There always seems to be a difference between what's officially supported and what can it actually run on in cases such as this. Of course it's in Apple's interest to obsolete hardware to coax users to buy a new Mac along with the new OS. :) Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 12:34
  • I am able to install macOS Sierra on VMWare Fusion. The developer preview installer is not enforcing the officially supported hardware. The restriction appears to be imposed by the Mac App Store application when downloading. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 13:56
  • @GrahamMiln you sure about that? It refuses to even start on my Late 2008 MacBook Pro. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 16:59
  • @NetherLinks, When you say "It refuses to even start", in what context are your referring... Starting the installer from within a running OS X or from a USB Installer created from the downloaded installer? Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 17:33
  • @user3439894 Within OS X states "This version ... cannot be installed on this computer". A createinstallmedia USB shows Prohibitory symbol. Commented Jun 14, 2016 at 17:38

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