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Upgrading to Mojave

This is a series of tips that cover Mac OS X client edition.   Server forums cover Mac OS X server on the community.

Here is the series of tips for related Macs.  10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9, 10.10, 10.11,

10.12 ,10.13 (has lower requirements and is available as of 9/30/2018) and 10.14 Mojave


Backup now, or forever hold your peace

is an article I wrote that everyone updating their Mac should read.  No update should be ventured into with operating systems or software without first ensuring your data is backed up in two separate places.  Slowing down of your Mac should not lead you to assume an update will fix everything.  First isolate why your Mac is slowing down or crashing before installing anything new.


Apple recommends you have these Macs  according to: macOS - How to Upgrade - Apple

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer) [model identifier 8,1 or later]
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer) [model identifier 5,1 or later]
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer) [model identifier 9,1 or later]
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer) [model identifier 6,1 or later]
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer) [model identifier 12,1 or later]
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013; Mid 2010 and Mid 2012 models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards) [model identifier 5,1 or later]


bracketed items in quotes were added for additional identification purposes.  Your Apple menu -> About This Mac -> System Report or System Profiler gives you the model identifier.


All of the Macs that are older than 10.11, need to be updated to 10.11 first before installing Mojave.

The oldest MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac which can upgrade to Mojave shipped with 10.8, Mountain Lion.

The oldest MacBook Pro which can upgrade to Mojave shipped with 10.7, Lion.

The oldest MacBook had Mac OS X 10.10 installed.

The oldest Mac Pro on the list above with the compatible graphics cards, had 10.6 originally installed.  Before upgrading to 10.7 or later, read this tip as Apple has not reintroduced a series of software that made older Mac compatible software compatible with Intel Macs since 10.6.8's release.


Apple released Mojave on September 24, 2018.  Reports from:

earlier than that date were made with pre-release Mojave versions and can not be relied upon.


September 30, 2018 driver additions from third party update pages:






Konica/Minolta compatible devices




Unsupported Macs may have Mojave installed with a patch from

This is at your own risk.  Follow the directions given by the patch author. 


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