Why App Store not available for OSX earlier versions?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kgresko, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. kgresko macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2006
    I have an older version of MAC OSX which does not qualify to get the App Store.

    I would have thought Apple would have made it available to all MAC OS X operating systems?

    Anyone think of a reason why?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    They don't to support older OSs anymore, maybe Leopard could have been in there, but I think they want to move away from that as fast as they can, especially with Lion on the horizon.
    And SL is still available for 29 USD for all Intel Macs.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Probably because they decided to make it a 10.6.6 option. Jobs mentioned that this is a 10.7 enhancement that will make it into 10.6.

    Apple has a long history of not adding features to legacy OS' You want the latest and greatest feature, you'll need to upgrade.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    It makes it easier for developers; 10.6 had a lot of new features that were _very_ useful for developers, but only if you don't support earlier versions. This move makes it a lot easier for developers; anyone downloading your app from the app store is running 10.6.6.

    And experience shows that people who don't want to pay $29 to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard, and even more people who are still stuck on 10.4, aren't the people who are most likely to buy new software anyway.
  5. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    They probably are just concerned about the compatibility between Apps and PowerPC since 10.4/10.5 can run on a PPC. So even though you run 10.5 on Intel, there are many people who don't, and that would cause issues.

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