MacBook Pro M3 ships with macOS Ventura, but it can't yet be upgraded to macOS Sonoma over-the-air

Joe Rossignol

Apple's new entry-level 14-inch MacBook Pro with the standard M3 processor began shipping to customers on the last day, and some early adopters have discovered that the laptop cannot currently be upgraded to macOS Sonoma over-the-air.

As @aaronp613 noted on X, at least some 14-inch MacBook Pro models with an M3 chip shipped with an unreleased build of macOS Ventura 13.5 installed. When users try to update to macOS Sonoma in the System Preferences app, macOS Ventura 13.5 is shown as the latest available version instead of macOS Sonoma 14.1.

One user who has encountered this issue is Daniel Rotar. host of the ZONEofTECH YouTube channel, according to a post he posted today on X. Additional users on the X and MacRumors forums have mentioned this issue.

Given that macOS Ventura 13.5 was released in July, it looks like Apple started stocking the 14-inch MacBook Pro with the M3 chip a few months ago.

It's unclear when Apple will address this issue, but in the meantime, software researcher Nicholas Alvarez said affected users can download the Setup Assistant for the M3-compatible version of macOS Sonoma 14.1 and manually install the update. You can also enable the macOS public betas for the update to appear.

Update: As 9to5Mac notes, this issue appears to be affecting the new iMac with the M3 chip, because good. p> Related Reviews: MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches, macOS Sonoma Buyer's Guide: MacBook Pro 14 and 16 inches (Buy Now) Related Forums: MacBook Pro, macOS Ventura, macOS Sonoma [176 comments]

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