Sunday, January 14, 2024

I Sipped the Kool-Aid

I've had an iPad for years. I've given up and moved to an iPhone, even enabling iMessage. Then I bought an Apple Watch.

Now I've gone and bought a Mac, actually a MacBook Air 2015. I got it CHEAP!
But the last macOS supported on the MacBook Air 2015 was Catalina 10.15.7. Not only haven't there been any security patches for Catalina for a while but it was 4 versions behind.

Then I found OpenCore Legacy Patcher (OCLP). OCLP is my kind of hack. Apple deprecates versions of their Mac hardware by requiring new but basically insignificant hardware. OCLP updates the Mac's firmware in memory to fake that the newly required hardware is present and then the new macOS runs without complaints. Even the performance is good.

But it's not for the faint of heart. As of this post, the installation instructions ( are for version 0.6.6 while the current version is 1.3.0. And some of the steps are implied rather than specified.

There are lots of other guides on the Internet but they all seem to assume a pretty good understanding of macOS.

So, if you're game, it works great.

My MacBook Air 2015 is running Sonoma 14.2.1.

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