Here are all the Macs compatible with OS X El Capitan

The list of Macs that can run the OS X El Capitan beta should look familiar to anyone who's put Yosemite on their Mac. Obviously these system requirements could be subject to change, but right now the list of machines is the same.

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

El Capitan will feature a number of enhancements aimed at improving performance and efficiency. A new split screen mode makes it easier to view multiple apps at once while Mission Control lets you find open and access open apps faster than ever. Spotlight adds better natural language searching. Mail, Apps, Safari and other key apps gain enhancements, as well.

You can read all about them in our OS X El Capitan First Look.

The preview version is currently in the hands of Mac developers. Apple plans to release a public beta version for registered users of its AppleSeed program (opens in new tab) sometime in July. General release is slated for later this fall.

  • Any idea which Macs can utilize metal?
  • Fair warning: El Cap is buggy. Some bugs in Safari, tons of bugs in Mail.
    Install at your own risk.
  • That may be true, but you are likely using the public beta version, right? The point of that is to FIND the bugs, so that when the final version comes out, most of the bugs have been found and hopefully squashed. When you do the beta, you are basically signing up to be an exterminator for apple. I only have one mac, or I would do it myself. I just don't trust a beta like that on something that I don't have a back up drive for. Not right now anyways.
  • Public beta is coming in July; they must be using the first developers beta - which, by their very nature, are THE MOST buggy of releases. That's what they're for. Sent from the iMore App
  • most daft comment in years...
  • Yeah, warning people that installing buggy beta software isn't stupid. It's a beta. We all know it's buggy. But it's your main device you're going to be pissed if safari and mail don't work. Install at your own risk makes perfect sense. Sloths fight leopards. You can't open a bag of chips. Clearly humans are the weaker species.
  • Its a beta right??
  • Amazing to see macs from 2008 still being supported with FREE software updates. Makes my 2014 an even better investment. Sent from the iMore App
  • BTW, there is no such things as free. Apple have an outlook that projects for years and VERY likely included the cost of the ‘free’ software in the price of their not even close to free hardware. If you bought the machine used or didn’t pay for it at all then you may have a point.
  • Lol! That is me you are talking about! I still run my 2008 MacPro 2.8 Ghz 8 core! Best computer I have ever owned. Too bad the new MacPro is very expensive and looks like a vacuum cleaner! I love the case so much that I might turn it into a mackintosh if the Mobo ever dies! My Mac always runs cool and quiet!
  • My 2008 24" iMac can still run it! Awesome!
    It's agonizingly slow on Yosemite but I've been hearing good things about the El Capitan beta, that it "breathes new life" into older Macs like mine.
    But this is the only computer I have, so I'll wait til the official release comes out before I mess with El Cap.
  • When machines gets to the 3-5 year mark, an old HD can slow down the system ALLOT.
    Have you changed disks during the lifetime of your Mac, it could be worth the investment. Im confident a disk swap would breath new life into your Mac.
  • Hard drives don't get slower with age, if things are going slow it's the operating system at fault or the amount of things installed
  • Incorrect. An older hard drive can begin to have mechanical issues, as well as issues on the disc platter itself when reading and writing that can seemingly make it appear to be operating slowly, when in reality it is the drive doing all it can do to error correct and internally fix the issue. Hard drives themselves need to be replaced every 5 years or so, as the chances of them crapping out increase with age and usage. This is hard drives that are actively being used over those years. I have the bare minimum iMac in that list, the Mid-2007 Core 2 Duo iMac. I replaced the Hard Disk with an SSD back in 2013, and it runs Yosemite wonderfully.
  • It still has its original hard drive. I'd like to replace it with a SSD, but I can't afford it right now and at this point I'm thinking I'd rather put the money toward a new computer anyway.
  • I found that Lion slowed down my late 2008 MacBook quite a bit. Mountain Lion helped quite a bit but it still wasn't as fast as SL. I changed to SSD and it was a HUGE difference...almost like brand new again. I installed Yosemite and it is even faster now. Sent from the iMore App
  • My 2006 Mac Pro can run it too. Even more awesome. Oh wait…...
  • LOL
  • Actually, I wasn’t joking;
  • I hope its on my iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010)
  • It’s much harder with an iMac as you can’t easily upgrade the components to meet the minimum system requirements.
    This is why I have always bought the Pro desktop machines, don’t actually need one for what I do. My ’06 Mac Pro has had the longest life of all my Macs, even now it has a role as a media server while a Mid 2010 is my daily driver.
    It’s a great set up as I have an officially supported one to be able to hack and download current software from Apple without being blocked.
  • your post is so nice and very informative and thanks for posting
  • Happy about this list to see all the back support.