Friday, September 21, 2012

Apple extends supports for Snow Leopard

In an unusual move, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) has quietly released a security update for its OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. Though the company has never spelled out its support policy for older versions of its desktop operating systems, Apple has always dropped support for older versions of its OS when it has two newer versions on the market.

"In the past, Apple has stopped serving security updates for one edition around the time it has two newer in play," explains Computerworld's Gregg Keizer. "If the current OS X is dubbed n, then n-2 support ends at the debut of n." The release of Lion last year, and Mountain Lion earlier this month, effectively puts Snow Leopard two versions behind. Indeed, the last security update for Snow Leopard was shipped on May 9.

Read more: In unexpected move, Apple releases security updates for Snow Leopard - FierceCIO:TechWatch

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