OpenCore lets you install macOS Ventura even on unsupported Macs

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OpenCore Legacy Patcher, the open source tool that helps keep Macs long discontinued by Apple software up to date, is being updated to the latest version of macOS. Perfect for migrating your old MacBook Air or old iMac to macOS 13 Ventura.

OpenCore will now offer macOS Ventura to its users // Source: Goran Ivos – Unsplash

Did you have in mind to continue using a Mac that no longer supports Apple software? Then you are probably already familiar with the OpenCore Legacy Patcher (OCLP).

What you may not already know is that the tool, freely available on GitHub, is now compatible with the latest version of macOS. In other words, it allows you to install macOS 13 Ventura, released last fall, on some 15-year-old Macs.

OCLP, a tool that wants you well

However, this little piece of software is very young. In fact, the OCLP project started only a few years ago, first in the form of a beta version. as specified 9to5Mac, OpenCore Legacy Patcher is in fact based on the same OpenCore bootloader that we use for Hackintosh, these Windows PCs that we managed to install macOS on thanks to a healthy dose of software trickery. Despite its youth, OCLP rests on foundations that have already proven their worth.

Source: 9to5Mac

However, we learned that the developers behind OCLP had a lot of trouble making their tool compatible with macOS Ventura. And in this case, it’s Apple’s fault, which removed most of the legacy drivers from macOS 13. One reason for this: macOS Ventura is no longer supposed to be compatible with Macs with pre-7th generation Intel processors.

A limitation that the team behind OCLP managed to get around to bring our old Macs back to life. Please note, however, that some features may not work properly. This is the price to pay, at least in the immediate term, to be able to continue using devices that are more than 10 years old.

Anyway, here is the list of (many) Macs supported by OpenCore Legacy Patcher:

  • MacBooks released between 2008 and 2016
  • MacBook Air released between 2009 and 2017
  • MacBook Pro released between 2008 and 2016
  • Mac minis released between 2009 and 2017
  • iMacs released between 2007 and 2017
  • Mac Pros released between 2008 and 2013

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