The latest iMacs and MacBook Pros with M3-based chips have officially launched today, and now that macOS Sonoma has been out for over a month, you would expect those machines to come pre-installed with that version, right? Well, not quite.
According to several users on X such as Daniel Rotar (known as ZONEofTECH on YouTube), they reported that their 14-inch MacBook Pro and iMac models with M3 chip came preinstalled with the previous version of macOS Ventura (13.5). That version came out back in July, so it’s possible that Apple had been stockpiling those machines for several months in advance of their launch.
Ok, here’s something weird.
Our M3 MacBook Pro shipped with Ventura and can’t seem to update to Sonoma at all. Version not compatible.
Our M3 Pro MacBook Pro shipped with Sonoma.
Did anyone else get an M3 that shipped with Ventura? pic.twitter.com/me0kLZjk6f
— Daniel (@ZONEofTECH) November 7, 2023
However, another bigger issue they were facing was that they couldn’t easily update their systems to the latest version of macOS Sonoma, so they would have to manually install the update through the Install Assistant. However, Apple has released another supplementary update (14.1.1) later today, which could resolve the upgrade error that owners with the latest machines were facing. It’s only a matter of time before whether that update will fix this issue.
Do you own an M3 MacBook Pro or iMac and have experienced this issue? Let us know in the comments below or on X at @Appleosophy.