How to identify macOS 12 Monterey compatible models

macOS 12 Monterey インストーラアイコン
Updated : Feb 15, 2022
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This page shows how to check the compatible models of “macOS 12 Monterey” released in November 2021 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 Monterey is compatible with these computers” the following “Models” are listed as Monterey compatible models on the MacBook Air.

MacBook Air macOS 12 Monterey 対応機種リスト

To summarize this page roughly, the “Models” that support “macOS 12 Monterey” are as follows.

On Apple’s site “How to upgrade to macOS Monterey“, the “Models” that support macOS 12 Monterey are follow.

SeriesCompatible models
MacBook ProEarly 2015 or later
MacBook AirEarly 2015 or later
MacBookEarly 2016 or later
iMacLate 2015 or later
iMac ProAll models
Mac miniLate 2014 or later
Mac ProLate 2013 or later

So, when checking the corresponding “Model” of macOS 12 Monterey like this time, it is necessary to check which “Model” it applies to.


How to find Monterey compatible models

There are 3 ways to check

There are 3 ways to check Monterey’s support, including how to check the “Model” listed on Apple’s official website.

If you just want to know if it is compatible with Monterey, it is easiest to check from the appearance of Mac in ①.

On the other hand, the method of checking from “Model” of ② 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 Monterey, and it is a basic and applicable method.

Also, “EMC” in ③ 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 and ② 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 Monterey, so there is no actual harm when investigating Monterey compatible models like this time, but only such things are in the corner of my head. Please put it in.

MacBook Air Monterey compatible models

① Check from the appearance

Only one model iMac Pro has been released so far, but this model is compatible with macOS 12 Monterey.

In addition, the following series of Macs can be identified as Monterey compatible models just by their appearance.

On the other hand, the following series cannot be judged only by their appearance.

  • MacBook Pro
  • MacBook Air
  • MacBook
  • iMac

So, from here, I will introduce how to distinguish between Mac mini and Mac Pro.

How to check Mac mini

On Mac mini, those with a Firewire (800) port are not supported, those without it are Monterey compatible.

Below are photos of the rear panel (rear) of each model of Mac mini.

【Compatible model : No Firewire port】

Mac mini 2020 リアパネル
2020 model : No Firewire port
Mac mini 2018 リアパネル
2018 model : No Firewire port and black color
Mac mini 2014 リアパネル
2014 model : No Firewire port

【Non-compatible model : With Firewire port】

Mac mini 2012 リアパネル
2012 model : With Firewire port
Firewire icon

How to check Mac Pro

The 2013 black tubular(cylinder) model and the 2019 grater-like tower model with lots of round holes are supported.

Square tower type before 2012 is not supported.

【Compatible model】

Mac Pro 2019
2019 model : Lots of round holes
Mac Pro 2013
2013 model : Black tubular(cylinder)

【Non-compatible model】

Mac Pro 2009-2012
2009-2012 model : Square tower type with handle


② Check from “Model”

There are two methods below.

How to checkCheck 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 Display from Apple menu

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

Procedure flow
  • Open the menu bar and select “About This Mac”
    Mac menu bar "About This Mac..."
  • Check Mac model information
    Mac menu bar "About This Mac..."

Once you know the “model” so far, please check if it supports Monterey at the links below.

② Check from “Model”

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.

Procedure flow

Once you know the “model” so far, please check if it supports Monterey at the links below.


③ 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
Bottom case of the MacBook Air

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


MacBook Pro compatible models


2020MacBook Pro (13-inch, M1, 2020)3578
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3348
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3456
2019MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3301
MacBook 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
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)3164
2016MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)3071
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)2978
2015MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)2835
*** End of List ***


2021MacBook Pro (14-inch, 2021)3650
** End of List ***


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
*** End of List ***


2020MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021)3651
2019MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)3347
*** End of List ***

MacBook Air compatible models


2020MacBook Air (M1, 2020)3598
MacBook 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
*** End of List ***


2015MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)2924
*** End of List ***

MacBook compatible models

2017MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)3099
2016MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)2991
*** End of List ***

iMac compatible models


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
iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015)2806
*** End of List ***


2020iMac (24-inch, M1, 2020)3664, 3663
*** End of List ***


2019iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2019)3195
2017iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, 2017)3069
iMac (21.5-inch, 2017)3068
2015iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015)2833
iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015)2889
*** End of List ***

iMac Pro compatible models

2017iMac Pro3144
*** End of List ***

Mac mini compatible models

2020Mac mini (M1, 2020)3569
2018Mac mini (2018)3213
2014Mac mini (Late 2014)2840
*** End of List ***

Mac Pro compatible models

2019Mac Pro (2019)3203
Mac Pro (ラック、2019)3413
2013Mac Pro (Late 2013)2630
*** End of List ***


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