6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2013 12:57 PM by Brandon2184
White-1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

My MacBook can't run 10.8 (of course with some hacks it can), but my default it wont run 10.9 either, right? Now I am using Snow Leopard and it's possible that it wont recieve security updates soon.
Then I only have Lion left and I'll be stuck with it?


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: OS X 10.9 wont run on my MacBook either?
    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    White-1 wrote:

     

    Then I only have Lion left and I'll be stuck with it?

     

    That's correct.  At some point in time, all macs start to be come technically obsolete and do not support the newer versions of OS X.

  • 2. Re: OS X 10.9 wont run on my MacBook either?
    White-1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    But Mountain Lion can run on my old MacBook and it almost ran well. Only screen brightness issues ( I am not able to lower the screen brightness) and this is the only reason why I can't run it.

    So Apple actually dropped the support on purpose yeah?

     

    I guess I must say Hello to PC world…

  • 3. Re: OS X 10.9 wont run on my MacBook either?
    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    yes, it's called planned obsolescence.  Just because you won't be able to run the most current version of OS X doesn't mean that the mac can't serve you well for at least a few more years.

  • 4. Re: OS X 10.9 wont run on my MacBook either?
    Brandon2184 Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)

    Snow Leopard was released in 2009, my guess would be Apple will continue to provide security updates for Snow Leopard for a few more years. Especially since there is still a large percentage of people still using Snow Leopard due to the PowerPC compatibility. You never know, though.

  • 5. Re: OS X 10.9 wont run on my MacBook either?
    White-1 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    So you want to say that Lion will get security updates for a few years more? I'd be okay with it. It's just some people still use computers from 2001 with XP till this day.

    It'd be too brutal if my Mac wouldn't recieve security updates in 2015 for example, because it's made in 2008. It's really unfair that early 2008 mac cant run Mountain Lion, but late 2008 can… How should've I known?

  • 6. Re: OS X 10.9 wont run on my MacBook either?
    Brandon2184 Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)

    I have no idea, but based on history:

     

    Tiger was originally released on 4/29/2005, and received its last security update on 09/10/2009 (~4 years and 4 months; Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4218)

    Leopard was originally released on 10/26/2007, and received its last security update on 5/14/2012 (~4 years and 6 months; Source: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1222)

     

    Lion was originally released in July 2011, which implies you should be good until around 2016 or so, but again you never know. It is yet to be seen what the change to a yearly release schedule for OS X will do to Apple's obsolescence schedule in a few years. That is, if OS X even still exists in a few years.