Apple just updated retired OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard for the first time since 2013

Gregg Keizer
29 January, 2016
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Apple yesterday took a trip back in time when it offered an update for OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard, an edition it last patched in September 2013.

The “Mac App Store Update for OS X Snow Leopard”—quite a mouthful, even for Apple’s naming conventions—was issued Wednesday so that 10.6 users could continue to access the Mac Apple Store, the apps available there, and most importantly, the upgrade to OS X 10.11, or Intel in 2006. Additionally, Snow Leopard was the final version able to run on Macs equipped with 32-bit Intel processors, making it impossible for owners of some older machines to move beyond 10.6.

The Mac App Store update for Snow Leopard can be retrieved by selecting “Software Update…” from the Apple menu.

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  1. Andy says:

    Charming that they can update the App Store but not Safari or anything else…

    I’ve been using Apple since the IIe. I used to get a great usage window 10+ years but that window has shrunk now to maybe 5 years – at the same time, Linux distros have improved to the point where these tactics will no longer force me to buy a new mac, but seriously consider leaving the landfill churners that Apple have become.

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