Some Macs receive fewer updates than ever before. Here’s why this is a problem
When macOS Ventura Announced earlier this month, its system requirements Strictly strict From MacOS Monterey owners, Was released just eight months before it was written. Ventura requires Macs made in 2017 or later, and removes support for the wider Monterey-backed Mac models released between 2013 and 2016.
It certainly looks a lot stronger than the newer versions of MacOS from a few years ago, with system requirements tightening every two years or so. But how bad is it really? Does a Mac purchased in 2016 receive fewer updates than a Mac purchased in 2012, 2008 or 1999? If so, is there an explanation beyond Apple’s desire for more users to switch to the glossy new Apple Silicon Macs?
Apple and Data usage EveryMac.comWe’ve been collecting information on Mac releases for over two decades – all about Apple’s releases between the original iMac in late 1998 and Intel’s latest Macs in 2020. When each model was released, when Apple stopped selling each model, the latest was the macOS version that was officially supported for each computer, with the latest macros versions receiving the latest score updates (e.g. 10.4.11, 11.6) and the latest custom security fixes. (At the end of this article I made some tips on how to choose to facilitate and organize the data I mentioned.)
The end result A spreadsheet full of dozens of Macs, With multiple metrics to determine how long each one has received official software support from Apple. These methods involve measuring the time between each model stopping production and stopping receiving updates, which is very important for models like the 2013 Mac Pro, 2014 Mac Mini and 2015 MacBook Air. First introduced.
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