OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Again Available on the Apple Online Store

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is once again selling OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on the Apple Online Store for $19.99. The return was noticed by the French site MacGeneration. Apple had pulled Snow Leopard from its site after Mountain Lion was released earlier this year.

    This is significant because Snow Leopard is required to run the more recent versions of iTunes that newer iOS devices require, and it is also the last OS X operating system that could only be purchased on physical media.

    For users who want to upgrade from Leopard to Lion, they need to purchase Snow Leopard in order to gain access to the Mac App Store.

    Article Link: OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Again Available on the Apple Online Store
  2. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    10.6.8 is still Apple's best OS. Lion and Mountain Lion are just bloatware that went through the iPadification process. I'm not 'upgrading' to any new release of OS X until they improve on performance and stability and bring back Expose to what it used to be. Also, get rid of versions.
  3. kirky29 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Lincolnshire, England
  4. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    So does this mean that iTunes 11 will run on SL?
  5. Macman45 macrumors demi-god


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I think it has a lot more to do with the upgrade path rather than a nod from Apple. They want users to progress, and in order to do it, SL is required. It still doesn't get away from the fact that making software download only isolates many on slow Internet connection speeds though.
  6. RoelJuun macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    Please add the drivers for current hardware Apple.
  7. pancakedrawer macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    the good olde days

    This was easily the best update of OSX in a long time. It improved stability and back end operations significantly without messing around with gimmicky iOS apps marketed as 'features'
  8. Macrolido macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Monterrey, Mexico
    Best version of OS X ever. I hope iTunes 11 will be compatible with SL.
  9. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    Forever on SL is what you will be.

    ML > SL
  10. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    the minimum OS to download ML. but 10.6.8 is stable as a rock, if sl would support icloud I would stay with sl.
  11. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    I get Exposé, but seriously, what's wrong with Versions? I've recovered many documents and unwanted changes with it. A great feature.
  12. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Good times. Mountain Lion fixed a lot of what I hated in Lion, but I still liked both Leopards better than either of the Lions.

    I'd really love to see more emphasis on the mac side for 10.9 instead of making it more iOS like. It's time for iOS to get more mac like instead of the other way round. Hopefully the recent changes at Apple make this more likely.

    True story, as I was writing this I was listening to a song called 'Carnival' by Kevin Devine - some lyrics:

    #'Cos I tamed a lion once I stole his roar
    I stripped his pride away but he found more
    So now he's out to take what's his and shove my future in my face
    Scare me back in my place
    So soon so soon you've got it beat 'til it eats you

    Seemed apt somehow! :)
  13. karmakat macrumors newbie


    Feb 10, 2004
    Yes! That's how I feel as well. In fact, I tried to upgrade my 5-year-old iMac with 4GB RAM and 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo and it brought it to its knees. I had to downgrade back to Snow Leopard and let me tell you, that was a 2-week e-mail reverse conversion nightmare.

    Yes I want a new iMac, but the cash is just not coming in to cover one. (Dream: I can't imagine how fast a new iMac would be if you loaded with SL.)

    I do love some of the improvements in Lion/Mountain Lion and wish I could have them, but the performance tradeoff makes it unappealing at best for now. I hope 10.9 fixes that. Who knows, when I finally get a new iMac, perhaps I won't care since the performance will be fine again, I hope.
  14. skellener macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    I just installed Mountain Lion the other day straight from Snow Leopard. While at first I really didn't care much for Mountain Lion - once I turned OFF the iCloud junk, it now seems pretty good.

    I was on Snow Leopard for a long, long time. After the fiasco that was Leopard - I decided to skip Lion. Just like Leopard - it seemed half-baked. Everyone here is correct. Snow Leopard is a fantastic OS. They still use it at my work. No issues with it at all. But Mountain Lion seems to be a bit snappier. I do like that. This is on an old 2008 iMac.

    The only thing that kills me is how outdated Apple Mail seems. It still doesn't even archive mail properly when using it IMAP Gmail. I'll keep using Sparrow until it breaks. Apple should have purchased Sparrow and the guys who made it a long time ago - but now Google owns it and them. Maybe with Jonny Ive in charge now - we'll see a big improvement in Mail.
  15. Simplicated macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2008
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
    Thank you for your elaborate proof. I am totally convinced that ML > SL.
  16. Zaren macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2000
    I agree on the creeping featuritis of 10.7 and 10.8, but if you want to talk about "best OS", you'll have to do a lot of work to get me to turn away from System 7 :)
  17. The Bulge macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Up your ass.
    Where's your proof?

    It's a useful feature where before there was none. Saved me more than once.

    All in all ignorant and baseless post.
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    435713 macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2010
    Apple you are sooo stuck in the past selling optical. :p

    Serious note: I found that SL was the best overall OS they had and wish they were just now getting ready to release a new one instead of this iDevice OS yearly release cycle. Should at least be getting 5 year support on the OS's especially for machines that almost all are over 1k.
  19. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    Ah, Snow Leopard. You were there to help me across the river when I decided to come over from the Windows side. You showed me how a well written OS can put the "P" back into PC. You showed me how important customization, gestures, shortcuts, etc. are. You showed me a vast amount of professional and capable software can be integral to an OS, and just be there when I need it without getting in the way. You had backwards compatibility in mind (Rosetta) as you looked to the future.

    It took me less than a month to fall in love with the whole "Mac" experience, and shun Windows forever.

    Then Lion happened.
    Then my 2012 MBP can't connect to my external 1TB drive through USB 3.0.
    Then my Apple TV can't connect to my WiFi provider.
    Then my iPhone 5 can't connect to my WiFi provider.

    Bitter Apple.
  20. bitcloudrzr macrumors member

    Aug 25, 2012
    I always wondered what it would take for all the crazies to come out.
  21. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    The return of the last great OS!!
  22. Kaibelf Suspended


    Apr 29, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    That's a riveting story. I'll file that one with the people who said they will never let go of command-line interfaces. If you refuse to buy a copy of a new OS until they go back to an old method (just for YOU), then I guess you'll be on your current OS for quite a while. Happy Thanksgiving!
  23. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    Ignorant and baseless? Yeah, not like me having worked on Snow Leopard for 3 years has anything to be experienced with or have any basis of my dislikes for the gimping of 10.7 and 10.8.

    Thank you, for that wonderful and well thought out response, I'm now convinced that I'm wrong.
  24. capoeirista macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2007
    Snow Leopard is a great OS (although Tiger is my favourite) - absolutely rock solid. I resisted Lion (thankfully), but have been half-considering Mountain Lion...
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    otherjobs macrumors member

    Apr 16, 2011

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