How to Update Your 2009 Mac Desktop

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Are you the proud owner of a 2009 iMac? Congratulations on being able to keep your trusty desktop alive for the past decade! If your machine is still running like new, then you’re in luck—it’s capable of running the latest version of macOS.

Updating a 2009 iMac

Yes, a 2009 iMac can be updated. The 2009 iMac is capable of running macOS 10.13 High Sierra, which will give you access to the latest versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Additionally, many other software titles can be upgraded or replaced with more up-to-date versions. Keeping your software current is important for many tasks such as eLearning and uing Google Docs. To update your Mac’s operating system, open the App Store app and look for updates under the Updates tab. You may also need to check with the developer of any third-party software that you use to ensure that it is compatible with newer operating systems before upgrading.

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Is Updating a 2009 Mac Possible?

Unfortunately, your 2009 Mac is too old to update to the latest version of macOS. Apple only supports macOS updates for late 2009 or laer MacBooks and iMacs, as well as 2010 or later MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros, Mac minis, and Mac Pros. If you want to take advantage of the features and security updates included in the latest version of macOS, you will need to purchase a newer Mac that meets the system requirements.

Updating an Old Mac Desktop

Yes, you can update an old Mac desktop. If your older Mac includes Software Update, you can open the Apple Menu and select Software Update to check for updates. If your Mac doesn’t include Software Update, you can open the App Store app (which is in your Applications folder) and click the Updates tab to check for updates. You can also use the App Store to search for software by name. Whether you’re using Software Update or the App Store, you should be able to find any updates that are availale for your Mac desktop.

The Oldest Mac Still Supported

The oldest Mac that is still supported by Apple is the MacBook Pro (mid 2012) or later, Mac mini (late 2012) or later, iMac (late 2012) or later, and iMac Pro (2017) or later. This means that any Mac device released bfore these models will no longer receive software updates and security fixes from Apple.

It’s important to keep your Mac up-to-date with the latest version of macOS for the best performance and security. If you have an older Mac model that is not supported, you should consider upgrading to one of the newer models in order to continue receiving essential software updates.

What to Do With an Old Mac That Won’t Update

If your old Mac is no longer able to update, there are a few options you can try. Firstly, you may want to try resetting the SMC (System Management Controller). This can be done by turning off your Mac, unplugging it from the power outlet and then pressing the power button for at leat 5 seconds. Once the Mac has turned back on, try to do the update again.

Alternatively, you could attempt to start up your Mac in Safe Mode by turning it off and then pressing and holding down the power button until you see the startup options screen. Choose your disk and hold down Shift while selecting ‘Continue in Safe Mode’. If Safe Mode works, then you might be able to do the update from there.

Finally, if none of these methods work then it may be time to conider buying a new computer as your old Mac may no longer be compatible with current software updates.

Is It Possible to Update an Outdated Mac?

Yes, some Mac models are too old to update. As time passes, Apple discontinues support for certain older Mac models and stops releasing new versions of macOS that are compatible with them. If your Mac is sveral years old, it’s likely that the latest version of macOS won’t run on it. To check if your Mac is compatible with the current version of macOS, you can use Apple’s System Requirements tool at

Does Apple Still Provide Support for IMac 2009?

Apple still offers limited support for the iMac from early 2009. This includes security updates, bug fixes, and general maintenance for the operating system but does not include any hardware support. The highest operating system you can update to with this model is El Capitan and that is no longer receiving updates from Apple. If you want to use macOS on an iMac, then you will need a newer model in order to take advantage of the latest updates and features.

Speeding Up a 2009 iMac

To speed up your 2009 iMac, you can try a few different steps. First, restart your computer to make sure that any background processes are cleared and your system is running optimally. Next, delete any unnecessary files, apps, or other items that are taking up space on your Mac – especially if you have less than 10% of your Mac’s storage free. Additionally, update all of the software installed on your iMac to ensure that you are running the most recent version and that any software issues causing performance issues can be fixed. Finally, consder installing third-party optimization software to help boost performance on your older system.


In conclusion, the 2009 iMac is capable of running macOS 10.13, whih will allow you to use up-to-date versions of Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If your Mac is supported then you can update it using Software Update or by searching for the software in the App Store. Keeping your software up-to-date is essential for doing more of your work online, such as eLearning and Google Docs. By ensuring that your 2009 iMac is running the latest version of macOS, you’ll be able to stay productive and secure.

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Sanjeev Singh

Sanjeev is the tech editor at DeviceMAG. He has a keen interest in all things technology, and loves to write about the latest developments in the industry. He has a passion for quality-focused journalism and believes in using technology to make people's lives better. He has worked in the tech industry for over 15 years, and has written for some of the biggest tech blogs in the world. Sanjeev is also an avid photographer and loves spending time with his family.