We Want Snow Leopard 10.6.9


Okay, Apple. The time has come to listen your loyal Mac users (especially us old folks). We want Snow Leopard 10.6.9 — the software update which was rumoured to be released back in August of 2011. But wait — they say that cats have nine lives. If this is true, then Snow Leopard is living out its last life — life number nine (yes, the math is correct: 10.6 + 10.6.1 + 10.6.2 + 10.6.3 + 10.6.4 + 10.6.5 + 10.6.6 + 10.6.7 + 10.6.8 = nine releases = nine lives). Superstition anyone?

Why do we want a Mac OS X 10.6.9 update? Because us Snow Leopard die-hards want the full benefits of iCloud without having to upgrade to Lion. After all, iCloud is right here in plain sight on our iPhone (MobileMe users take note that you won't be so "mobile" as of June 30th, 2012).

Why don't we want to upgrade to Lion? Because of the Rosetta factor. And also — because we're not keen on Lion thanks to all of its user interface changes, bugs, slowdowns and spinning beachballs. We like the old Mac OS. The one that felt like a real Mac OS, not an iOS.

I dished out some serious coin for my iPhone 4S which came with iCloud pre-installed on it. We also use Macs here at MW Web Design which are only 14 months old. Why do we have to upgrade to Lion in order to use iCloud to its fullest extent? As we mentioned a while back, you can use iCloud with Mac OS X 10.6.8 (sort of) provided that you have an iOS device running iOS 5 or later (we were mostly referring to the Find My iPhone feature). But it sure would be nice to be able to take advantage of all of the iCloud features instead of just a few of them.

Some iCloud services will work with Snow Leopard after a lot of messin' around — but Photo Stream is one service which just won't work at all

And just when you think you're getting shafted because you can't use everything iCloud has to offer due to the fact that you're not an OS X 10.7 user, along comes this news today:

It's no secret that Lion hasn't quite caught on the way Apple thought (or wished) it would. If you spend a few hours checking out the feedback on the Internet, it's pretty obvious that many Snow Leopard users are holding off on upgrading to Lion until hell freezes over. In fact, this is the first time in my history of working with Macs that I've seen this many Mac users so reluctant to upgrade to a new version of Mac OS X. Don't believe me? Here are some interesting statistics from a US-based advertising and research firm report dated March 30th, 2012.

Since there are over 125 million iCloud users out there already, just how much work would it take for Apple to add full iCloud functionality to Snow Leopard and gain even millions more? You can download an iCloud Control Panel for Windows Vista and Windows 7 for crying out loud (and no doubt, Windows users more than likely take up a good chunk of that 125 million). It can't be a 64-bit problem like some have suggested (Lion requires an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor — all 64-bit). I'm running Snow Leopard in full 64-bit mode on a 14-month-old Core i7. Geez — do I ever have an old Mac, eh?

Back in February, we noted how quickly Apple seems to drop support for older operating systems and quite interestingly, I came across an article this morning which explains this decade-old (bad) habit in a bit more detail:

One thing we do have to commend Apple for is the fact that they actually released two security updates for an older operating system today — Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard (these updates are for Intel-based Macs only):

It was also a nice change to see Safari 5.1.7 released for Snow Leopard on the same day that Mac OS X 10.7.4 was released (which included Safari 5.1.7 for Lion):

Maybe Apple is finally starting to listen after all. Or perhaps the whole issue has just fallen on "def" ears once again. I have a feeling it'll be Nine Lives for Snow Leopard...

[Updated 05.20.12] Since we're talking about iCloud in this post, we figured it was worthwhile mentioning that we received calls from two different people in the Vancouver area this weekend who insisted that their iCloud accounts had been hacked. There's an interesting Apple Discussion about this issue which you may wish to have a look at. Whether it's true hacking activity, some sort of worm or just plain old spoofing, we recommend taking a look at your password and hardening it just to be on the safe side. Here's a link to Creating Strong Passwords from our, er — "friends" at Microsoft (this article stresses the importance of changing your passwords on a regular basis and also includes a link to a Password Strength Checker).

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