What Mac is not compatible with Monterey?

Answered by Antonio Sutton

Unfortunately, not all Mac models are compatible with the latest macOS Monterey. If you have an older Mac, particularly the non-upgradable models, you may be left out of the Monterey party. Let’s dive into the specifics and see if your Mac falls into this category.

First and foremost, let’s talk about the Mac Pro models. If you have one of the older aluminium tower Mac Pros, commonly referred to as the “cheese-grater” design, I’m sorry to say that these models are not supported by macOS Monterey. The cut-off point for compatibility is the late 2013 Mac Pro. These older Mac Pro models were a staple for many professionals, but unfortunately, they don’t meet the system requirements for running Monterey.

However, if you have one of the newer Mac Pro models, specifically the Trash-can style Mac Pro released in late 2013, then you are in luck! These models are supported and can run Monterey without any issues. The Trash-can Mac Pro was a unique and polarizing design, but it boasted impressive performance and expandability for professional users. So if you have one of these, you can enjoy all the new features and enhancements brought by Monterey.

On the other hand, if you’re eyeing the latest and most powerful Mac Pro workstation released in 2019, you can rest assured that it is fully compatible with macOS Monterey. The 2019 Mac Pro is a beast of a machine, designed to handle the most demanding tasks and workflows, and it can certainly handle the latest operating system with ease.

To summarize, the Mac Pro models that are supported by macOS Monterey are the Trash-can style Mac Pro from late 2013 and the new, 2019 Mac Pro workstation. If you own one of these models, you’re good to go. However, if you have one of the older aluminium tower Mac Pros, the original cheese-grater design, then unfortunately, you won’t be able to run Monterey on it.

I hope this information helps clarify the compatibility of your Mac with macOS Monterey. If you have any more questions or need further assistance, feel free to ask!