Likelihood of Mojave on Unsupported Systems


Actually, that does happen occasionally. A new os improves the mac’s performance. Snow leopard for example. I suspect it will be so for Mojave , just not available on machines where the GPU doesn’t support metal APIs.

In fact, I would go as far as to say one of the reasons I like Apple products is because OS upgrades are more likely to improve my machine. Windows 10 is an aberration performance wise on the dark side, and it comes with its own pile of baggage. It took multiple iterations to get XP working properly. And MS gave up on vista and win8.


So, it appears that my Mac Pro 3,1 won’t b getting Mojave. Oh well. It’s not worth it to me in the immediate to change to a 2009-2012. I will just wait or I will go Hackintosh.

Current Hardware Support Status:
Video Cards
Pre-Metal AMD video cards (Radeon HD 6xxx series and older): Drivers will load, but full acceleration will not be achieved.
Pre-Metal nVidia video cards (GeForce 5xx series and older): Drivers will load and full acceleration will be achieved, but menu bar and Finder sidebar will look weird in the light mode. Also some weird menu bar anomalies in dark mode, but much less apparent. Random kernel panics have also been reported with these cards.
Pre-Metal Intel iGPUs (Intel HD Graphics 3000 and Intel HD Graphics “Arrandale/1st Gen”): Drivers will load and full acceleration will be achieved. Menu bar/Finder sidebar anomalies described above will also be present. No kernel panics or any instability issues have been reported with Intel iGPUs thus far.
Machine Support
Any system that uses a Core i-series CPU (Arrandale or later) will be able to run Mojave.
Core 2 Duo/nVidia MCP79/89/i965-based systems will kernel panic on boot. The cause of this kernel panic has yet to be determined. It is NOT caused by USB drivers or a lack of SSE4.2. It does not occur in virtual machines.
MacPro3,1 (Early-2008) systems have the same kernel panic issue, and as such, Mojave will not run on them.
Installing for Testing:

To install on your machine, you can download and run my “macOS Mojave Patcher” application, which will let you download a copy of the latest Public Beta from Apple, and create a bootable USB installer for use on unsupported systems. It contains all the patches necessary to achieve the hardware support listed above. At this point, it is recommended that you install Mojave on one of these unsupported systems for testing only, and NOT as your main/daily use OS.

The compatibility list ls currently (assuming we are able to fix AMD acceleration):
Xserve 2009
Mac Pro 2009 (although, it makes more sense to upgrade it to a 2010/2012 and then install officially)
iMac Late 2009-Late 2011 (Core i series only)
MacBook Air Mid 2011 (works perfectly except for UI glitches)
MacBook Pro Mid 2010-Late 2011 (Core i series only) (works perfectly except for UI glitches if you disable the discrete GPU)
Mac Mini Mid 2011 (the HD 3000 variant works perfectly except for UI glitches)