Over the past few years, Apple has released new versions of its OS X software, with the latest being OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Prior to that we had Mountain Lion, Lion, and Snow Leopard which was released back in 2009, a good four years ago, and it would seem as though Apple’s support for the four year old operating system could be coming to an end. While Apple has not formally announced anything, it was speculated that this could be the case in a recent Safari update which included updates for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, but not Snow Leopard. As it stands Safari 5.1.10 is the most-current update for Snow Leopard and was last updated back in September.
Speaking in an interview, Andrew Storms, the director of DevOps at CloudPassage, “Let’s face it, Apple doesn’t go out of their way to ensure users are aware when products are going end of life […] They live by the motto that users will just take all updates all the time as soon as they become available. Or users who are left in the dust will just go to the store and buy a new device.” In any case the browser is still usable, it just probably will not sport the same features or bug fixes that might have been included in later updates, but with OS X Mavericks being a free upgrade, those with older but compatible hardware should upgrade lest they don’t want to be left out of the loop.