Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 12:26 PM (in response to White-1)
Apple are making no formal announcements about Snow Leopard support. For most of us it is a relief that the security element is being taken care of. 10.6.8 1s the best OS around, none of this virtualisation nonsense, a real work horse. As I see things, may it long continue.
And it's not just the App store it is there for, access to Rosetta, a foundation stone for many excellent programs is not available on the Lion family OSs.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 12:49 PM (in response to White-1)
Apple want people to move onto Mountain Lion, as generally on recent Macs it is faster and it offers more features. However, some people absolutely hate it. I am not one of those people, so I may be biased.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 12:55 PM (in response to White-1)
None of us knows or are likely to be party to the knowledge. It is no longer supported with the system updates, the last being about 18 months ago. There have been a few for iTunes but it is the Java and security updates that we have seen fairly regularly. For how much longer: your guess is as good as mine.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to edex67)
Microsoft also wants people to move onto Windows 8, but no one really does… Windows 7 is still supported for about two more years and will recieve security updates until 2020 something..
So if I want to have a long lasting and secure OS I'd need to go back on Windows? Because Macs are really expensive and it has some problems. For example cracks in white MacBooks. It'll be repaired by Apple, but yeah…
So, basically if I wanted long lasting OS I'd need to back to Windows? I know that the average life time for a piece of technology is actually about for years and I am not blaming them for dropping support to older MacBooks. It is totally understandable, but they could give security updates to Leopard (10.5) for example…There once were security updates for Leopard, which really surprised me.
They don't even tell you when they'll drop support. On Microsoft's webpage there's written the date when they'll drop support for XP for example.
I'd say that my MacBook is working just fine and it's a bit shame that it actually can run 10.8 (with hacks, but will have problems with brightness and wont wake from sleep).
It's also shame that they don't support 10.5 anymore, because many people have PowerPC Mac Pro's with 16GB of RAM and so…
So, basically if I wanted a computer that I could use securly for a long time I'd need to switch to PC, yeah?
Currently Being ModeratedMar 15, 2013 1:41 PM (in response to White-1)
All the programs for power PCs will run on 10.6. Snow Leopard (Word being one of the favourites) because, I believe, of the Rosetta facility.
You cannot expect Apple to support systems that are totally out of sync with their current developments. It has become something of a generational thing and to be frank I'm in agreement there. We with Snow Leopard have been lucky just because of the Rosetta connection coupled with the need for a platform from which to launch the early versions of App shop.
Incidentally, my 2007 10.6.8 has given no trouble at all and I confidently expect to be able to use it for at least another five years, if not more. Time has shown I can happily live without a succession of updates, particularly of the number that Windows has to issue.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2013 6:54 AM (in response to White-1)
It might have seen security support removed already, if not for the fact that Snow Leopard is the gateway to Mountain Lion via the App Store for Leopard, and possibly a few Tiger users. The Snow retail DVDs are still being sold by Apple, and now even online after that had been discontinued for some time.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2013 8:14 AM (in response to White-1)
So it's not because of most mac users use 10.6?
Most Mac users are on 10.6, about 40-45% of them. 12% are on 10.5 (likely PPC) and 3% still on 10.4.
Apple doesn't support 10.4 or 10.5 any longer. However they do support 10.6.
OS X 10.8 was released only a year after 10.7, so they got about 20% market share each.
But how long do you think they'll support it more?
Will it become Apple's XP?
Apple just released a security update for 10.6, so they are certainly paying attention to it.
Also like was mentioned AppStore is on 10.6.8, so for the interests of security Apple has to kind of pay attention to 10.6.8 as to prevent it being used to get into AppStore.
Also they don't want another flashback incident on their hands by ignoring too many of their users for security updates.
Apple also released iTunes 11 for 10.6.8 too.
However Apple didn't release Safari 6 for 10.6.8, so you need to use Firefox as it gets updates and more rapidly than Safari.
Some days ago I downgraded to 10.6 from 10.7 (on my white MacBook early 2008) and with 10.6 it's so much faster. It boots up with 15 seconds while in 10.7 it does about 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Applications open more quickly and everything. I've just realized that my computer wasn't made for 10.7 exactly. I'd like to use 10.6 as long as possible, because I love the OS. It's perfect.
I couldn't agree with you any more. Running 10.6.8 on the latest top of the line Early 2011 17" that will run it and it SCREAMS.
10.7/10.8 are absolutely crap, bloated, stupid and ugly.
For your old white 2008 machine that's 5 years old, 10.6 is the best for it. So you were right to downgrade.
Since your machine is at it's end of life stage, you might not have to worry about Apple leaving 10.6 for security updates, it might die before Apple leaves it behind.