“Apple’s decision to end support for OS X Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) is reasonable — but it’s the kiss of death for a large segment of the Mac resale market,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “You see, Snow Leopard was the last version of OS X that ran on early edition Intel Macs. It was introduced in August 2009 four years after Apple announced the transition to Intel processors in Macs.”
“Macs running Snow Leopard still account for around 25 percent of active Macs. The implication is that these users are still using older Macs, and are on Snow Leopard to run OS X on them,” Evans writes. “Why? Two reasons: one is Apple; another is Adobe.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The real reason is Rosetta. Mac OS X Snow Leopard is the last OS X version that’s able to run PowerPC-only applications. Even four and a half years later, an eternity in the tech universe, it’ll still take quite some time for Snow Leopard use to drop off as it normally does for other unsupported OS X versions.
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