Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.9 to Bring iCloud Support?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple appears to be preparing a 10.6.9 update to Mac OS X Snow Leopard in order to provide compatibility with the company's upcoming iCloud service. The following notice appeared in one developer's .Mac preference pane in Tiger after he had upgraded his MobileMe account to iCloud.


    According to the notice, users will have to upgrade to a minimum of an as-yet unreleased Mac OS X 10.6.9 in order to sync select content via iCloud.
    Apple so far has only been testing iCloud for OS X Lion with developers, regularly pushing out new builds of OS X 10.7.2, iCloud software and Photo Stream-enabled iPhoto 9.2 as it moves toward a public launch of iCloud.

    Apple has been quiet about absolute minimum system requirements for iCloud, although it notes on its promotional pages that some features will require OS X Lion.
    Apple has already confirmed that syncing of Mac Dashboard widgets, keychains, Dock items, and System Preferences are not making the transition from MobileMe to iCloud for any users, but if the alert notice being delivered to iCloud users on Mac OS X Tiger is correct, it seems that at least minimal iCloud functionality may be coming to Mac OS X Snow Leopard in the form of a full maintenance release.

    Article Link: Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.9 to Bring iCloud Support?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Outlook 2007/2010 huh? It'd be really nice if Outlook's calendar would integrate with iCloud.
  3. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    Is 10.6.9 going to fix the TRIM bug for 3rd party SSD drives?
  4. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    Ugh... Actually tempted to roll back to Snow Leopard if this is true. And avoid heaps of performance issues in Lion. :( Aperture 3 is plain torture right now on less than 8 GB RAM. Which is ridiculous. On the other hand, Apple may have future performance fixes in store for Lion. Decisions, decisions. ;)
  5. shartypants macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2010
    For users who have macs that can't run Lion, this is good news. I'm sure Apple realizes there are enough of these users to not leave them totally behind.
  6. g-boac macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2007
    Why in the world aren't Preferences, Widgets, Dock, and Keychains being synced?? These are some of the most fundamental features associated with keeping computers in sync, and in meeting the true intent of iCloud - that any computer you have is a "device", equivalent to any other device you own, and that they stay in sync with each other rather than you needed to spend all your time managing your devices and their content.

    This is a step away from that vision. What would it take for Apple to change? Or at least offer those services as paid premium options?

  7. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    There was never a doubt in my mind that iCloud would be compatible with 10.6. 10.7 just isn't widespread enough among Mac users to make it iCloud "Lion Only".
  8. Pegamush macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    wow, so the only reason people would want to switch to lion, will be in snow leopard too. sounds good to me.
  9. BuffyzDead macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2008
    This is HUGE for ME !!!!!....I really Hope So !!!

    My single iMac Core Duo, out of a 4 Apple Computer Home Network, is the sole machine that cannot support Lion.

    Yet I want doc synchronization, a la iCloud !!!

    I had actually been researching upgrading the CPU to a Core 2 Duo, and all the mess that entails, just to support Lion.

    Now, I will want to wait and see. :)
  10. FSMBP, Aug 29, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011

    FSMBP macrumors 68020


    Jan 22, 2009
    Good news considering Apple initially said iCloud wouldn't support its barely 2 year old OS (Snow Leopard) but is supporting Vista (which is competitor's 4+ years old).

    Hope it's true about Snow Leopard!!
  11. mms13 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    Or users like me, who could easily run Lion but choose not to. This makes me happy.
  12. termite macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2003
    Snow Leopard does not have a .Mac preference pane.

    It does have a MobileMe pane. So what is this screenshot real from?
  13. hlfway2anywhere macrumors 65816

    Jul 15, 2006
    Read. The. Article.
  14. ouimetnick macrumors 68020


    Aug 28, 2008
    Beverly, Massachusetts
    What about those on Leopard (PPC Users)

    I mean, why not support that, and Snow Leopard? Leopard was the last release for PPC, and SL was the last fore 32bit Core Duo, and Core Solo machines.
  15. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    It is not taken away until 30 June 2012. And time will tell what happens after that, I think nobody can make certain predictions that far out.

    Nobody forces you to switch from MobileMe to iCloud until then. Unless you feel entitled to the new features of iCloud and feel thus deprived of them if your preference for Dock, Dashboard and Preferences syncing prevents your from benefiting from the iCloud features.
  16. Biolizard, Aug 29, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 29, 2011

    Biolizard macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    RTFA. It says it's from Tiger.

    PPC is dead, dude. Just let it go.

    Edit: And I'm not saying that just to be an arsehole. Lots of OS code was rewritten between Leopard and SL. The Lion implementation of iCloud can almost certainly share most of its code with SL; the same might not be true of Leopard.
  17. Žalgiris macrumors 6502a


    Aug 3, 2010
  18. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
    If they support Vista it would be a huge mistake not to support snow leopard, their own OS...

    Now Im tempted to go back to snow leopard... :D:D
  19. cube macrumors Pentium

    May 10, 2004
    I want TRIM for any SSD. I am not moving to Lion until it has Rosetta.
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
  21. cvaldes macrumors 68040

    Dec 14, 2006
    somewhere else
    You will never upgrade OS X then.

    Snow Leopard is the end of the line for you.
  22. Justin122 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2008
    Great news. I'm glad to see that Apple are still supporting previous operating systems.
  23. makkystyle macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2002
    I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to really understand what Apple is doing here but it's very smart. I was hesitant to really embrace the iCloud concept because I was annoyed about losing Gallery, web hosting and some of the other functionality I've using for years in MobileMe/.Mac. Now I see that all those same features are bound to appear, just in the form of application specific items. I'm sure there is a new iLife and iWork on the way that will have cloud services built into the individual apps... iMovie will have something like a "theater" where you can share your creations through the cloud, iPhoto will have a "gallery" function, etc. But now, these services are free as added value to the app using the free iCloud storage given to everyone and the increased use of these features pushes users into a situation where they really see the value/utility of paying for subscription services to increase this cloud space. More people are introduced to these web services and more people pay to be a part of it. Brilliant really.
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Good news for us Snow Leopard users. At least we are still getting some attention.
  25. glynhughes macrumors member

    Nov 12, 2008
    This is welcome news, but couldn't they keep some mobileme functions working for PPCs on 10.5?

    e.g. 'back to my mac' and email syncing?

    Presumably they've got to make BTMM work for iCloud members with Time Capsules so it still works like it did with a mobileme account - so why not enable that for 10.5?

    And is email syncing so radically different in iCloud that 10.5's mail program couldn't be tweaked to work with it?

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