Mid 2010/2012 Mac Pro… Won’t Run Catalina

Sad news for owners of mid 2010/2012 MacPros, no Catalina for them.

In my previous article I wrote that all Macs that run macOS 10.14 ‘Mojave’ will also be able to run macOS 10.15 ‘Catalina’. However, this isn’t entirely true.

The mid 2010 and mid 2012 Mac Pro are the only two Macs that are capable of running Mojave that wont be able run Catalina when it is released later this year.

Digging deeper in to this, it appears the mid 2010 and mid 2012 Mac Pro could only run Mojave providing the graphics card had been upgraded to a Metal compatible card – see Apples list of supported cards. Otherwise they could only run up to macOS 10.13 ‘High Sierra’.

However, even if you own a mid 2010 or mid 2012 Mac Pro that has a Metal capable graphics card and is running Mojave, you will not be able to upgrade it to Catalina.

I am unsure of the reason for this, but I am sure there will be many mid 2010 and mid 2012 Mac Pro owners who aren’t happy by this news.

I find it a little strange that Apple will continue to support the 2012 11” MacBook Air, their lowest offering (with the exception of the Mac Mini) costing $999 on launch, but fail to support the 2012 MacPro, their highest offering costing $2,499, both released in the same year.

We can only hope that some clever developer will release an unofficial patch that will allow Catalina to install and extend the life of these two Mac Pro models.


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