security updates for old MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by btownguy, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2009
    #1
    I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro 15". It's currently running El Capitan and it will not run the next version of MacOS. This next MacOS version is the first one I cannot run on this computer. How long will Apple continue to release security updates for El Capitan on a mid-2009 laptop?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Location:
    Delaware
    #2
    Judging by the past, probably another 2 or 3 years.
    Another way to look at that: Apple seems to support the current system, whatever it might be - and two systems prior to the current version. So, when Sierra officially ships in the fall, Mavericks support would be finished.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2013
    #3
    Yep deltamac seems to have that about right, it works out about 10 years overall support for the computer.
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Location:
    Delaware
    #4
    It's not really about the computer hardware. Some models will support a wider range of Mac software. Others do not.
    It is true that Apple (with an occasional exception) supports the current OS X with full updates, and two more older versions, probably no system updates, but with security updates, and also updates for some of that version's applications. Once a new version of macOS is released, the oldest gets dropped.
    And, of course, the hardware that it will run on is usually called obsolete by Apple, and is no longer supported for service long before the software cannot be updated.
    It's a long-term game that we play. :D
     

Share This Page