Some Macs are getting fewer updates than they used to. Here is why it is an issue

Some Macs are getting fewer updates than they used to.  Here's why it's a problem

Aurich Lawson

When macOS Ventura was announced earlier this month, its system requirements are significantly more stringent than those for macOS Monterey, was released just eight months prior to this writing. Ventura requires Macs manufactured in 2017 or later, does not support a range of Monterey-supported Mac models released between 2013 and 2016.

This certainly seems stronger than new macOS releases from just a few years ago, where system requirements get tighter about every year or so. But what’s the truth? Do Macs purchased in 2016 receive fewer updates than Macs purchased in 2012, 2008, or 1999? And if so, is there any explanation beyond Apple’s desire for more users to switch to shiny new Apple Silicon Macs?

Using data from the Apple website and, we’ve compiled information on more than two decades of Mac releases — pretty much everything Apple released between the original iMac in late 1998 and the last Intel Mac in 2020. We’ve recorded the times. model-by-model release, when Apple stops selling each model, the last officially supported macOS release for each system, and the date those versions of macOS received the final point update (i.e. 10.4.11 , 11.6) and their last regular security patches. (I’ve made some notes about how I choose to sort and organize data, which I’ve placed at the end of this article).

The end result is a spreadsheet with dozens of Macs, with multiple metrics to determine how long each person received official software support from Apple. These methods include measuring the time from when each model is discontinued to when it stops receiving updates, especially relevant for models like the Mac Pro 2013, Mac mini 2014, and MacBook Air 2015 that have been updated. sold for many years after it was first introduced.

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