Strange days, indeed. OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard was new in August 2009 and Apple stopped selling it not long after OS X 10.7 Lion shipped in August 2011. However, as the MobileMe shutdown loomed earlier this year, Apple gave away free Snow Leopard DVDs in order to boost Lion and, by extension, iCloud adoption.
That promotion, however, ended months ago.
Now, believe it or not, Apple is selling OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard DVDs at the online Apple Store for the rather reasonable price of $19.99 with free shipping thrown in for good measure.
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The retail return of the OS X 10.6 DVD adds fuel to recently hatched notion that Snow Leopard is Apple’s Windows XP — an older version of their OS that users rationally, and otherwise, cling to. In this case, it’s support for PowerPC apps via Rosetta emulation.
Still running Snow Leopard, why? Any plans to “upgrade”?