CNNMoney is reporting that Apple has pulled the plug on updates for OSX 10.6, better known as Snow Leopard. Snow Leopard was released in 2009 and it’s estimated to still be running on 19% of the world’s Apple computers. This really comes as no surprise as Apple has released three versions of OSX since, Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks. This really shouldn’t be an issue for most, as long as your Mac is a 2007 model or newer, you can just head over to the App Store and download and install OSX Mavericks for free. Upgrading to Mavericks is quick and painless and highly recommended to keep getting those security updates.
As we’ve reported over the past few weeks, OSX is not bulletproof when it comes to malware or virus threats. Continuing to run Snow Leopard is a huge security risk you would be taking. Unfortunately for those who’s Macs are older than 2007, you’re pretty much stuck until you get a new machine. Not saying that your machine will cease to operate, it will just be operating without the latest security updates and patches. With the popularity of Macs on the rise it only makes sense that hackers and criminals are now targeting the platform. There was a time when instances of malware and viruses were very low on Apple’s products, mostly because the user base was very low compared to their competitor, Windows. Why target an OS that has 10 users when you could target one that has 1000 (not actual numbers just used for reference).
So hit that App Store icon and search for Mavericks or hit this LINK to find out how to upgrade. How many of you are still running Snow Leopard? Will you be upgrading? What do you think about Apple dropping support? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter and Facebook!