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macOS Monterey is compatible with many of the Macs that were able to run macOS Big Sur, but it drops support for some older MacBook Air and iMac models from 2013 and 2014.

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A full compatibility list is below:
  • iMac - Late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro - 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air - Early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro - Early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro - Late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini - Late 2014 and later
  • MacBook - Early 2016 and later
These are the Macs that were compatible with macOS Big Sur:
  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • 2013 and later MacBook Air
  • Late 2013 and later MacBook Pro
  • 2014 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • 2014 and later Mac mini
  • 2013 and later Mac Pro
macOS 12 Monterey is available to developers at the current time, with Apple planning to make a public beta available in July.

Article Link: Here Are All the Macs Compatible With macOS Monterey
 
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Woodcrest64

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macOS Monterey Compatible With drops support for some MacBook Air and iMac models compared to macOS Big Sur.

macos-monterey.jpg


macOS Monterey Compatible With drops support for some MacBook Air and iMac models compared to macOS Big Sur.

macos-monterey.jpg

A full compatibility list is below:
  • iMac - Late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro - 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air - Early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro - Early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro - Late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini - Late 2014 and later
  • MacBook - Early 2016 and later
These are the Macs that were compatible with macOS Big Sur:
  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • 2013 and later MacBook Air
  • Late 2013 and later MacBook Pro
  • 2014 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • 2014 and later Mac mini
  • 2013 and later Mac Pro
macOS 12 Monterey drops support for some MacBook Air and iMac models compared to macOS Big Sur. The new update is available to developers at the current time, with Apple planning to make a public beta available in July.

Article Link: Here Are All the Macs Compatible With macOS Monterey
2013 rMBP just making the cut! Awesome :D

A full compatibility list is below:
  • iMac - Late 2015 and later
  • iMac Pro - 2017 and later
  • MacBook Air - Early 2015 and later
  • MacBook Pro - Early 2015 and later
  • Mac Pro - Late 2013 and later
  • Mac mini - Late 2014 and later
  • MacBook - Early 2016 and later
These are the Macs that were compatible with macOS Big Sur:
  • 2015 and later MacBook
  • 2013 and later MacBook Air
  • Late 2013 and later MacBook Pro
  • 2014 and later iMac
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
  • 2014 and later Mac mini
  • 2013 and later Mac Pro
macOS 12 Monterey drops support for some MacBook Air and iMac models compared to macOS Big Sur. The new update is available to developers at the current time, with Apple planning to make a public beta available in July.

Article Link: Here Are All the Macs Compatible With macOS Monterey
2013 rMBP just making the cut! Awesome :D
I don't think so. I believe you are reading the bottom list which is for Big Sur. Monterey is for 2015 MacBook Pros or later.
 

Carlanga

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Wow my mba early 2015 still upgradable even though it only has 4gb ram. Will have to carefully see how intensive the new is will be vs the current one.
 

sublunar

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Why is the Mac Mini 2014 supported, when it has pretty much the same specs as a dropped MacBook Air 2014?
I think it's because the Mini 2014 was a current device till 2018. Someone who bought their Mini in September 2018 would have had less than 3 years of useful updates for it (plus 2 further years of security patches thereafter). I would have assumed that Apple would throw the older MacBook Pros of the same generation the same bone but they stopped being sold in 2014/15 which is more like the 6-7 years of useful updates that Apple would prefer to offer.

I guess this is the bit where Apple might start regretting their decision to let the Mac Mini 2014 live on so long, but they can just dish out refurbished M1 Minis if anyone with a 2014 Mini needs a replacement unit before 2023/24. Amazingly, Intel have finally stopped making the Haswell mobile CPUs at some point and the Coffee Lake CPUs from the 2018 Mini are going to be discontinued this year so it's not like Apple can order replacement parts unless they have a pool of new 2018 models stockpiled for a year or two.
 
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Techwatcher

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Cool. Now we need a compatibility list for watchOS. Hopefully Series 3 lives to see another day.
 

KPOM

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Wow 2014 MacBooks got passed over. In years past it seemed like they moved up one year on support but if they now skipping a year on Intel MacBooks that’s not good.
The MacBook was released in 2015, but yes, it looks like the first models have been dropped from the compatibility list. As I recall, the 2016 processor was quite a bit faster.
 
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