macOS

Recommended Computer Specifications

Below are the recommended specifications for students who intend to keep a computer for four years without a major upgrade.

Operating System macOS Monterey (12) or newer with the latest security updates
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 Dual-Core or Apple M1/M2

Graphics (GPU) Integrated graphics
Memory (RAM) 8 GB

Storage 258 GB flash storage (SSD) with at least 15% free
Networking Hardware

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless capabilities

Software Active and updated antivirus software; updated web browser

Minimum Computer Specifications

Below are the minimum required specifications for any macOS computer to be used on UCSC networks.

Operating System macOS Catalina (10.15) or newer with the latest security updates
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 Dual-Core or Apple M1/M2
Graphics (GPU) Integrated graphics
Memory (RAM) 4 GB
Storage 128 GB flash storage (SSD) with at least 15% free space
Networking Hardware

Wi-Fi (802.11ac) wireless capabilities

Software Active and updated antivirus software; updated web browser

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