Status
The first post of this thread is a WikiPost and can be edited by anyone with the appropiate permissions. Your edits will be public.

khronokernel

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 30, 2020
142
735
Alberta, Canada
This thread will be dedicated to the discussion of running macOS 12.0 on unsupported Macs



At the time of writing, WWDC has wrapped up and Developer Seeds have been sent out. We're eagerly awaiting for all our community developers and enthusiasts to test out the new version of macOS

We will be expanding this thread with much more information as the day goes by including known issues as well as patcher support

macOS Monterey Compatibility

  • 2016 and later MacBook
    • MacBook9,1
    • MacBook10,1
  • 2015 and later MacBook Air
    • MacBookAir7,x
    • MacBookAir8,x
    • MacBookAir9,1
  • 2015 and later MacBook Pro
    • MacBookPro11,4-5
    • MacBookPro12,1
    • MacBookPro13,x
    • MacBookPro14,x
    • MacBookPro15,x
    • MacBookPro16,x
  • 2015 and later iMac
    • iMac16,x
    • iMac17,1
    • iMac18,x
    • iMac19,x
    • iMac20,x
  • 2017 and later iMac Pro
    • iMacPro1,1
  • 2014 and later Mac mini
    • Macmini7,1
    • Macmini8,1
  • 2013 and later Mac Pro
    • MacPro6,1
    • MacPro7,1

  • 2013 and 2014 MacBook Pro
    • MacBookPro11,1-3
  • 2013 and 2014 MacBook Air
    • MacBookAir6,x
  • 2015 MacBook
    • MacBook8,1
  • 2014 and early 2015 iMac
    • iMac14,4
    • iMac15,1

* Not officially supported in macOS Big Sur, but are fully capable of running both Big Sur and Monterey with a Metal-compatible GPU and upgraded WiFi/BT card.

+ Does not support any form of graphics acceleration currently

  • Early-2008 or newer Mac Pro, iMac, or MacBook Pro:
    • MacPro3,1 *
    • MacPro4,1 *
    • MacPro5,1 *
    • iMac7,1 +
    • iMac8,1 +
    • iMac9,1 +
    • iMac10,x +
    • iMac11,x *
    • iMac12,x *
    • MacBookPro4,1 +
    • MacBookPro5,x +
    • MacBookPro6,x +
    • MacBookPro7,x +
    • MacBookPro8,x +
    • MacBookPro9,x
    • MacBookPro10,x
  • Late-2008 or newer MacBook Air or Aluminum Unibody MacBook:
    • MacBookAir2,1 +
    • MacBookAir3,x +
    • MacBookAir4,x +
    • MacBookAir5,x
    • MacBook5,1 +
  • Early-2009 or newer Mac Mini or white MacBook:
    • Macmini3,1 +
    • Macmini4,1 +
    • Macmini5,x +
    • Macmini6,x
    • MacBook5,2 +
    • MacBook6,1 +
    • MacBook7,1 +
    • MacBook8,1
  • Early-2008 or newer Xserve:
    • Xserve2,1 *
    • Xserve3,1 *

  • 2006-2007 Mac Pros, iMacs, MacBook Pros, and Mac Minis:
    • MacPro1,1
    • MacPro2,1
    • iMac4,1
    • iMac5,x
    • iMac6,1
    • MacBookPro1,1
    • MacBookPro2,1
    • MacBookPro3,1
    • Macmini1,1
    • Macmini2,1
  • — The 2007 iMac 7,1 is compatible with Catalina and potentially Big Sur if the CPU is upgraded to a Penryn-based Core 2 Duo, such as a T9300.

  • 2006-2008 MacBooks:
    • MacBook1,1
    • MacBook2,1
    • MacBook3,1
    • MacBook4,1 (as with Mojave and Catalina, we'll be on our own here, but Big Sur will be running on this machine!)
  • 2008 MacBook Air (MacBookAir 1,1)
  • All PowerPC-based Macs
  • All 68k-based Macs

  • Intel HD 4000 drivers
    • Compared to macOS Big Sur, macOS Monterey has dropped support for Intel's Ivy Bridge Graphics. This means laptops with Intel HD 4000 GPUs will no longer have graphics acceleration such as the Macmini6,x, MacBookAir5,x, MacBookPro9,x and MacBookPro10,x
    • OpenCore Legacy Patcher has re-added support for these GPUs in v0.1.7
  • Legacy Bluetooth Support
    • BRCM2046 and BRCM2070 Bluetooth modules have been dropped from Monterey. More in-depth explantation here
      • Models included:
        • iMac12,x and older
        • Macmini4,1 and older
        • MacBook7,1 and older
        • MacBookAir4,x and older
        • MacBookPro8,x and older
        • MacPro5,1 and older
  • Legacy Wireless Cards
    • BCM94322, BCM94328 and Atheros drivers currently can't be re-added currently
      • Models included:
        • iMac12,x and older
        • Macmini3,1 and older
        • MacBook5,x and older
        • MacBookAir2,1 and older
        • MacBookPro7,1 and older (6,x excluded)
        • MacPro5,1 and older
    • BCM943224, BCM94331, BCM94360 and BCM943602 still function correctly with OpenCore Legacy Patcher

Installing macOS Monterey on an unsupported Mac
Q: How do I determine what Mac model I have?
A:
To determine your Mac's SMBIOS model identifier, simply run the below command in Terminal:
Code:
system_profiler SPHardwareDataType | grep 'Model Identifier'

Q: How do I download macOS Monterey
A:
The easiest way is to use tools such as gibMacOS which can download macOS Monterey InstallAssistant packages directly from Apple.

VersionBuildLinkMirror
12.0 Beta 121A5248pInstallAssistant (Direct)InstallAssistant (archive.org)

Q: How to create a USB installer after downloading the InstallAssistant package??
A:
Install the package, it creates an app named Install macOS Big Sur in your applications folder. Create the USB installer following this official Apple guide.

Q: Where/how can I download a patcher tool?
A:
Currently there is only one patcher that will soon be supporting macOS 12, Monterey being OpenCore Legacy Patcher. As time goes on, we expect many more developers to join in with their own implementations of the patching process:

  1. OpenCore Legacy Patcher by @khronokernel and @dhinakg is a completely different approach compared to older patcher methods based on OpenCore. This is currently the only option offering system updates via Apple software update like all supported Macs as well as Intel HD4000 iGPU acceleration. While the preparation uses a simple GUI the Monterey installation and updating happens in the same way as on supported systems via System Preferences.
    • Supports macOS 10.9, Mavericks and later to run.
      • Supports macOS 10.7, Lion and later if Python3 is installed manually.
    • For easy troubleshooting and discussion with developers, we recommend joining the OpenCore Patcher Paradise Discord.
Please remember it is highly suggested that you have a backup in place before installing new system software on your main devices, overwriting any stable releases.

Apple and all patch developers are not responsible for any potential damage or data loss caused by using pre-release software or unofficial support patches. Please use at your own risk.
 
Last edited:

LegoNickD

macrumors member
Jul 12, 2018
58
73
Apparently the compatibility is the same as Big Sur according to Techradar
  • 12-inch MacBook (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 and later)
  • MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 and later)
  • MacBook Pro M1 (Late 2020 and later)
  • Mac mini (2014 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2020 and later)
  • iMac (2014 and later)
  • iMac M1 (2021 and later)
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)
Nvm they lied
 
Comment

khronokernel

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 30, 2020
142
735
Alberta, Canada
Supported machines:
unknown.png
 
Comment

bbfc

macrumors 68040
Oct 22, 2011
3,195
747
Newcastle, England.
Apparently the compatibility is the same as Big Sur according to Techradar
  • 12-inch MacBook (2015 and later)
  • MacBook Air (2013 and later)
  • MacBook Air M1 (Late 2020 and later)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2013 and later)
  • MacBook Pro M1 (Late 2020 and later)
  • Mac mini (2014 and later)
  • Mac mini (Late 2020 and later)
  • iMac (2014 and later)
  • iMac M1 (2021 and later)
  • iMac Pro (all models)
  • Mac Pro (2013 and later)
 

Attachments

  • 62407FC3-0EAC-49D6-ABBC-64B7C71E21CE.png
    62407FC3-0EAC-49D6-ABBC-64B7C71E21CE.png
    1.5 MB · Views: 154
Comment

Falhófnir

macrumors 603
Aug 19, 2017
5,259
5,883
What about 2013/2014 MacBooks Airs and Pros with Intel Integrated graphics?
No MBAs or MBPs before 2015, think as generous as they have been with iOS and iPad OS they've been quite harsh with Monterey, especially given Big Sur dropped a lot of macs last year too. OTOH I can see they probably want to move forward quite quickly due to the complexity of the situation?
 
Comment

saudor

macrumors 6502a
Jul 18, 2011
966
924
No MBAs or MBPs before 2015, think as generous as they have been with iOS and iPad OS they've been quite harsh with Monterey, especially given Big Sur dropped a lot of macs last year too. OTOH I can see they probably want to move forward quite quickly due to the complexity of the situation?

yeah they want to drop intel macs ASAP. We have seen this before with PPC->Intel transition
 
Comment

khronokernel

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 30, 2020
142
735
Alberta, Canada
Regarding OS support, here are supported Board IDs:

Code:
<string>Mac-06F11F11946D27C5</string>

<string>Mac-06F11FD93F0323C5</string>

<string>Mac-0CFF9C7C2B63DF8D</string>

<string>Mac-112818653D3AABFC</string>

<string>Mac-112B0A653D3AAB9C</string>

<string>Mac-1E7E29AD0135F9BC</string>

<string>Mac-226CB3C6A851A671</string>

<string>Mac-27AD2F918AE68F61</string>

<string>Mac-35C5E08120C7EEAF</string>

<string>Mac-473D31EABEB93F9B</string>

<string>Mac-4B682C642B45593E</string>

<string>Mac-50619A408DB004DA</string>

<string>Mac-53FDB3D8DB8CA971</string>

<string>Mac-551B86E5744E2388</string>

<string>Mac-5A49A77366F81C72</string>

<string>Mac-5F9802EFE386AA28</string>

<string>Mac-63001698E7A34814</string>

<string>Mac-65CE76090165799A</string>

<string>Mac-66E35819EE2D0D05</string>

<string>Mac-747B1AEFF11738BE</string>

<string>Mac-77F17D7DA9285301</string>

<string>Mac-7BA5B2D9E42DDD94</string>

<string>Mac-7BA5B2DFE22DDD8C</string>

<string>Mac-827FAC58A8FDFA22</string>

<string>Mac-827FB448E656EC26</string>

<string>Mac-90BE64C3CB5A9AEB</string>

<string>Mac-937A206F2EE63C01</string>

<string>Mac-937CB26E2E02BB01</string>

<string>Mac-9394BDF4BF862EE7</string>

<string>Mac-9AE82516C7C6B903</string>

<string>Mac-9F18E312C5C2BF0B</string>

<string>Mac-A369DDC4E67F1C45</string>

<string>Mac-A5C67F76ED83108C</string>

<string>Mac-A61BADE1FDAD7B05</string>

<string>Mac-AA95B1DDAB278B95</string>

<string>Mac-AF89B6D9451A490B</string>

<string>Mac-B4831CEBD52A0C4C</string>

<string>Mac-B809C3757DA9BB8D</string>

<string>Mac-BE088AF8C5EB4FA2</string>

<string>Mac-C6F71043CEAA02A6</string>

<string>Mac-CAD6701F7CEA0921</string>

<string>Mac-CF21D135A7D34AA6</string>

<string>Mac-CFF7D910A743CAAF</string>

<string>Mac-DB15BD556843C820</string>

<string>Mac-E1008331FDC96864</string>

<string>Mac-E43C1C25D4880AD6</string>

<string>Mac-E7203C0F68AA0004</string>

<string>Mac-EE2EBD4B90B839A8</string>

<string>Mac-F60DEB81FF30ACF6</string>

<string>Mac-FFE5EF870D7BA81A</string>
 
Comment
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.