Apple returns Snow Leopard to Apple Store

Karen Haslam
23 November, 2012
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Apple is selling Snow Leopard on its online store again. The software, which many Mac users discovered that they required following their recent upgrade to iOS 6, costs $20.99.

Snow Leopard was pulled from Apple’s site after Mountain Lion was launched earlier this year, however, following the launch of iOS 6 in September it emerged that iOS 6 required iTunes 10.6, which required Snow Leopard.

As we wrote at the time iOS 6 launched, users were finding that having updated their iPhone or iPad to iOS 6 their device was rendered incompatible with the version of iTunes they were running on their Mac, and in some cases it was impossible to upgrade their Mac to a version of iTunes that was compatible because they were running a OS that predated Snow Leopard.

Purchasing a copy of Snow Leopard is the only option for owners of older Macs that wish to update to the latest version of iTunes, required since the iOS 6 update.

The return to the Apple Store suggests that Apple has been receiving a significant number of pleas from owners of older Mac models.

Returning Snow Leopard to the Apple Store also gives users of newer Macs that are still running Leopard (if there are any out there) the opportunity to take advantage of the Mac App Store, without which they will be unable to download any of the newer operating systems from Apple.


2 people were compelled to have their say. We encourage you to do the same..

  1. Jacko says:

    Apple is greedy for forcing users who want Mountain Lion to first get Snow Leopard and is stupid for not even explaining that properly anywhere on their website.

  2. Sam says:

    As of February 2013 it appears the Apple store does NOT provide Snow Leopard as a download

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