Can the oldest Intel Macs run Mac OS X 10.6 well?

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  1. printz macrumors regular

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    According to the Mactracker app, all Intel Mac computers can run 10.6 (the ones with 10.7 preinstalled notwithstanding). But can they run it at acceptable performance? I'm asking because I want to make sure if it's okay to make my app require Mac OS X 10.6, or do I have to try to support Leopard too?
     
  2. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Snow Leopard was essentially a leaner, quicker Leopard, so if anything, it should run faster.

    I remember it being very fast in comparison to Leopard on my old Core Duo MacBook Pro.
     
  3. itickings macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I know - If it runs Leopard with decent performance, Snow Leopard is not slower on the same system.

    Tiger might be faster of course...
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    The question is how long do you want to have to support old versions of OS X for? I would say 10.6 should be the earliest.

    And as for Snow Leopard, it was Leopard minus all the PowerPC code with some enhancements and improved performance.
     
  5. printz thread starter macrumors regular

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    Now the second question is, can people still obtain Snow Leopard legally?
     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    Yes - Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

    It's still available so people can upgrade to that and use the Mac App Store to buy Mountain Lion.
     

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