Download Macbook Pro Updates

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To get the latest features and maintain the security, stability, compatibility, and performance of your Mac, it's important to keep your software up to date. Apple recommends that you always use the latest macOS that is compatible with your Mac.

But before trying to update your MacBook Pro to the latest version of macOS, it's worth checking whether your MacBook is compatible. MacOS Mojave: if you'd like to download macOS Mojave (the latest at the time of writing), Apple's website states that you'll need a MacBook Pro produced in mid-2012 or more recently. Testing conducted by Apple in October 2020 on production 1.4GHz quad-core Intel Core i5-based 13-inch MacBook Pro systems with 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and prerelease macOS Big Sur. Systems tested with WPA2 Wi-Fi network connection while running on battery power, with display brightness set to 12 clicks from bottom or 75%. Apple is forcing users into the iCloud with iOS 11. This is a total nogo. And the way this is currently solved is embarrassing for apple considering they claim to respect users privacy decisions. When signing in with an apple id, iCloud automatically becomes enabled - without asking the user and no way of opting out.

Learn how to upgrade to macOS Big Sur, the latest version of macOS.

Check compatibility

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If a macOS installer can't be used on your Mac, the installer will let you know. For example, it might say that your Mac doesn't have enough free storage space for the installation, or that the installer is too old to be opened on this version of macOS.

If you want to check compatibility before downloading the installer, learn about the minimum requirements for macOS Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, or Yosemite. You can also check compatible operating systems on the product-ID page for MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, iMac, Mac mini, or Mac Pro.


Make a backup

Before installing, it’s a good idea to back up your Mac. Time Machine makes it simple, and other backup methods are also available. Learn how to back up your Mac.

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It takes time to download and install macOS, so make sure that you're plugged into AC power and have a reliable internet connection.

These installers from the App Store open automatically after you download them:

  • macOS Catalina 10.15 can upgrade Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks
  • macOS Mojave 10.14 can upgrade High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion
  • macOS High Sierra 10.13 can upgrade Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion

Your web browser downloads the following older installers as a disk image named InstallOS.dmg or InstallMacOSX.dmg. Open the disk image, then open the .pkg installer inside the disk image. It installs an app named Install [Version Name]. Open that app from your Applications folder to begin installing the operating system.

  • macOS Sierra 10.12 can upgrade El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, or Lion
  • OS X El Capitan 10.11 can upgrade Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard
  • OS X Yosemite 10.10can upgrade Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, or Snow Leopard

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Install macOS

Follow the onscreen instructions in the installer. It might be easiest to begin installation in the evening so that it can complete overnight, if needed.

If the installer asks for permission to install a helper tool, enter the administrator name and password that you use to log in to your Mac, then click Add Helper.

Please allow installation to complete without putting your Mac to sleep or closing its lid. Your Mac might restart, show a progress bar, or show a blank screen several times as it installs both macOS and related updates to your Mac firmware.

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You might also be able to use macOS Recovery to reinstall the macOS you're using now, upgrade to the latest compatible macOS, or install the macOS that came with your Mac.

Apple has released MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0, a standalone package for both notebooks that aims to improve compatibility with certain USB hardware. The update also improves graphics on said computer models, according to Apple.

A technical note on Apple’s Support Downloads site says, “This update includes graphics performance and reliability enhancements and improves compatibility with some USB devices.”

Apple recommends to install the 127.07 MB update on “all Mac notebooks introduced in June 2012.”

If you’re not sure whether your MacBook needs it, don’t worry. Use the Software Update tab in the Mac App Store to see if Apple serves MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Update 2.0 to you.

If the update does appear listed as available for your computer, hit install. If it doesn’t, it means you don’t need it, so don’t bother looking for a manual download elsewhere. Plus, the manual download link offered by Apple doesn’t work (at the time of writing).

However, for the sake of everyone’s understanding, Apple is specifically targeting the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models introduced at WWDC 12.

Those include the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the updated range of non-Retina MacBook Pros, and the updated MacBook Airs with new processors and graphics.


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Under System Requirements, Apple only mentions OS X 10.7.4 Lion. Customers running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will not require this update. The same goes for OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installations.

The supported languages for this update include Deutsch, English, Français, Español, Italiano, Nederlands, Dansk, Norsk Bokmål, Polski, Português, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and many others.

Macbook Pro Will Not Download Updates

The respective MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models shipped with OS X (10.7) Lion pre-installed. Customers who purchased a Mac after WWDC 12 were eligible for a free copy of OS X Mountain Lion.

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Update: the manual download link is now available.