Time to Upgrade? When Apple Will Stop Supporting Intel Macs

How Long Does Apple Support Its Computers?

Ars Technica has analyzed that, on average, Macs receive macOS updates for about 6 years from their release date, with security patches extending support for an additional two years. There are notable exceptions: two MacBook Air models (2018, 2019) only received five years of OS updates, while some models like the MacBook Pro (2007), Mac Pro (2010), and iMac (2007) enjoyed updates for nine years.

Typically, a Mac gets updates for approximately 5.5 years after Apple stops selling it. Currently, macOS 15 Sequoia supports Intel-based models like the iMac (2019), Mac mini (2018), Mac Pro (2019), iMac Pro (2017), and MacBook Pro (2018, 2019, 2020).

Possible Scenarios for Ending Support of Intel Macs

Ars Technica outlines three potential scenarios for how Apple might phase out support for Intel Macs:

  1. macOS 15 as the Final Update for Intel Macs: This scenario is plausible given that macOS 15 introduced features that do not work on x86 architecture, such as the Apple Intelligence AI features. This would mean the MacBook Pro (2020) wouldn’t meet the average six-year support period, but such instances have occurred before. On the downside, some consumers who purchased Intel Macs as late as 2023 would only receive two years of support.
  2. Limited Support Extending to macOS 16: Apple could support the last few Intel Mac models with macOS 16 and then drop the rest. This would align the update cycle with historical support durations. Additionally, Apple typically gives developers at least a year’s notice about significant platform changes, such as ending Intel support, but there was no such announcement at WWDC 2024. However, this would require Apple to maintain and test the Intel codebase for another year, which may not be worth the effort for a dwindling number of older models.
  3. Full Support Through macOS 16 and Ending with macOS 17: Apple’s recent hardware generations are homogeneous, using similar processors and graphics accelerators. If Apple continued supporting 2019-2020 Intel Macs, extending support to 2018-early 2019 models wouldn’t be a significant stretch. However, the decision to exclude the 2018-2019 MacBook Air from macOS Sequoia support, despite their similarity to other 2018 models, indicates Apple might not be inclined to maintain such extensive support.

What This Means for American Users

For users in the USA, where Intel-based Macs are still widely used, these scenarios highlight the importance of planning ahead for future updates and support. As Apple transitions fully to its own silicon, Intel Mac users will need to consider their options, whether upgrading to newer models or preparing for a reduction in software updates and security patches.

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