Apple retires Snow Leopard from support, leaves 1 in 5 Macs vulnerable to attacks
The change was probably due to Apple's accelerated development and release schedule for OS X, which now promises annual upgrades. The shorter span between editions meant that unless Apple extended its support lifecycle, Lion would have fallen off the list about two years after its July 2011 launch.
None of this would be noteworthy if Apple, like Microsoft and a host of other major software vendors, clearly spelled out its support policies. But Apple doesn't, leaving users to guess about when their operating systems will fall off support.
###. As I understand it, 10.6 is the last OS that supports Rosetta. And at this point I don't even know how many Rosetta apps I'm running, since it all happens transparently.
Then again, I've still got a fairly fat Classic directory full of things I haven't been able to run since around 2006. Sometimes I stumble across a modern translator and then I regain access to a bunch of information.
Does that mean that <= 10.5 already counts as a legacy OS? I had no idea.
:: detour to apple site ::
Huh. I thought my son was talking through his hat when he said you can upgrade for free. (Inexplicably, the second-to-last OS is $19.99.) But then, the last time I can unambiguously remember updating an OS without buying a new computer was when System 7 came in. That may also be the last system update that I unequivocally liked.