I have tried everything to update my MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011), which is currently running macOS High Sierra (version 10.13.6), but it's not working.

I can't install some apps because of the version.

Adobe Lightroom update failure

How can I update to macOS Big Sur (version 11)?.

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    Is Lightroom just an example app, or should your question be "How to install a version of Lightroom which is compatible with High Sierra"?
    – Gilby
    Apr 10, 2023 at 1:24
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    Your Mac has the model identifier MacBookPro8,1. According to this Open Core webpage your Mac has be successfully tested to run Big Sur through the use of the Open Core patcher. I have never used Open Core, so I do not know how good it is. I just thought I would point this out as maybe an option. Apr 10, 2023 at 2:34
  • Lightroom is just an Example of apps that can't be installed on my mac version, Yes i have heard about Open Core patcher, but i don't known how efficient it is?. Does anyone know how efficient Open Core patcher is, coz i guess thats the only way i could update my MacOS version to Big Sur? Apr 11, 2023 at 16:59

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You can't. High Sierra is the last supported OS for a 2011 MacBook Pro. See Hardware_compatibility.

There are some hacks, such as those by DosDude1, and you might be able to get Catalina running, but it will have some issues and be dog slow, so it is not worth it really.

  • Ok thank you, i will look into this Apr 11, 2023 at 17:09
  • Don't forget to upvote if you find the answer useful and/or mark it as the accepted answer. Thanks. Apr 11, 2023 at 18:39

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