OS X Snow Leopard Is Not Dead
Last week, Apple released OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion and Lion specific fixes for the “go to fail” SSL certificate issue. The mothership did not, however, release an OS X Snow Leopard fix, which lead a notable chicken little (aka ComputerWorld’s Greg Keizer) to state that Apple had de facto abandoned OS X 10.6.
In a word, no. No, Apple has not abandoned OS X Snow Leopard, which runs one about one-in-five Macs, and we know this based on two simple facts.
Firstly, OS X Snow Leopard does not include the faulty “go to fail” code. If you have a Mac running OS X 10.6, you can discover this for yourself — just open the goto fail; // Apple SSL bug test site in Safari (image above).
Second, Apple still sells OS X Snow Leopard on DVD ($19.99).
So, again, no, Apple has not stopped supporting OS X Snow Leopard.
Apple will, in all likelihood, continue to support Snow Leopard for at least as long as the company continues to sell this legacy, four-and-a-half year old operating system.
Now, back to our knitting…
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