How to identify macOS Catalina compatible models

macOS Catalinaアイコン
Updated : Aug 31, 2021

This page shows how to check the compatible models of “macOS 10.15 Catalina” released in October 2019 by various methods such as “Model”.

 

Information on Apple official website

Apple announces compatible models of macOS with a kind of model number called “Model”.

For example, on Apple’s site, “macOS Catalina is compatible with these computers” the following “Models” are listed as Catalina compatible models on the MacBook Air.

macOS Catalina is compatible with these MacBook Air models

 

To summarize this page roughly, the “Models” that support “macOS 10.15 Catalina” are as follows.

All are for Intel Mac only.

Series Compatible models
MacBook Pro Mid 2012 or later
MacBook Air Mid 2012 or later
MacBook  Early 2015or later
iMac Late 2012 or later
iMac Pro All models
Mac mini Late 2012 or later
Mac Pro Late 2013 or later

So, when checking the corresponding “Model” of macOS Catalina like this time, it is necessary to check which “Model” it applies to.

 

How to find Catalina compatible models

There are 2 ways to check

There are 2 ways to check Catalina’s support, including how to check the “Model” listed on Apple’s official website.

The method of checking from “Model” of ① is the method announced by Apple’s official website, and it is a royal road method that can also check the compatibility status of macOS other than Catalina, and it is a basic and applicable method.

 

Also, “EMC” in ② seems to be an authentication number for electronic devices that generate radio waves and noise, such as personal computers, but I do not know the details.

“EMC” has almost one-to-one correspondence with “Model”, so it is an effective method when ① can not be used, but in rare cases “EMC” may be duplicated in multiple “Model”. It is necessary to pay attention to the point.

As a concrete example of “EMC” duplication, the following figure shows different “Model” of MacBook Air, and the common “EMC” is used.

In this case, both “Models” are compatible with Big Sur, so there is no actual harm when investigating Big Sur compatible models like this time, but only such things are in the corner of my head. Please put it in.

MacBook Air Catalina compatible model list

 

① Check from “Model”

There are two methods below.

How to check Check place
① Display from Apple menu
  • Mac screen running
② Search online based on “Serial number”
  • Engraved on the Mac body
  • Mac packing box sticker

① You can find out how to do this by clicking the apple mark on Apple’s menu bar and selecting “About This Mac”.

Mac menu bar "About This Mac..."

Mac menu bar "About This Mac..."

 

Once you know the “Model” so far, please check if it supports Catalina at the link below.

 

For method ②, first check the “Serial number” stamped on the back of the Mac or the “Serial number” on the sticker attached to the packing box.

EMC and Serial on the bottom of MacBook Air

MacBook Air梱包箱のシール

Serial number on the sticker attached to the packing box

 

After checking, you can search for “Model” by entering the “Serial number” on the official Apple website below.

Check Your Service and Support Coverage - Apple Support
Check your Apple warranty status. Enter a serial number to review your eligibility for support and extended coverage.

 

The figure below is a sample search result.

Check Your Service and Support Coverage

 

Once you know the “Model” so far, please check if it supports Catalina at the link below.

 

② Check from “EMC”

“EMC” is written near the “Serial number” stamped on the back of the Mac.

EMC and Serial on the bottom of MacBook Air

 

Once you know “EMC”, please check if it supports Catalina at the link below.

 

Catalina compatible model list

 

MacBook Pro

13-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2020MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3348
2020MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3456
2019MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3301
2019MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3358
2018MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3214
2017MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3163
2017MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3164
2016MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3071
2016MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)2978
2015MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)2835
2014MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)2875
2013MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)2678
2013MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)2672
2012MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)2557
2012MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)2554
** End of List **

15-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2019MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)3359
2018MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)3215
2017MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)3162
2016MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)3072
2015MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)2909、2910
2014MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)2876、2881
2013MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)2674、2745
2013MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)2673
2012MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012)2512
2012MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)2556
** End of List **

16-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2019MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)3347
** End of List **

 

MacBook Air

13-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2020MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)3302
2019MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)3184
2018MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)3184
2017MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)3178
2015MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)2925
2014MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)2632
2013MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)2632
2012MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)2559
** End of List **

11-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2015MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)2924
2014MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)2631
2013MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)2631
2012MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)2558
** End of List **

 

MacBook

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2017MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)3099
2016MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)2991
2015MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)2746
** End of List **

 

iMac

27-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2020iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2020)3442
2019iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019)3194
2017iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017)3070
2015iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2015)2834
2015iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)2806
2014iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014)2806
2013iMac (27-inch, Late 2013)2639
2012iMac (27-inch, Late 2012)2545
** End of List **

21.5-inch

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2019iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)3195
2017iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)3069
2017iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)3068
2015iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)2833
2015iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)2889
2014iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2014)2805
2013iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013)2638
2012iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012)2546
** End of List **

 

iMac Pro

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2017iMac Pro3144
** End of List **

 

Mac mini

発売年
Introduced
モデル
Model
EMC
2018Mac mini (2018)3213
2014Mac mini (Late 2014)2840
2012Mac mini (Late 2012)2570
** End of List **

 

Mac Pro

発売年
Introduced
モデル
EMC
2019Mac Pro (2019)3203
2019Mac Pro (Rack、2019)3413
2013Mac Pro (Late 2013)2630
** End of List **

 

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