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Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.9 to Bring iCloud Support?

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.
You will no longer be able to sync with this machine because you've upgraded to iCloud.

iCloud requires a computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopard v10.6.9 or later for Contacts, Calendars, and Bookmarks.
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.
Some features of iCloud require iOS 5 on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation), iPad, or iPad 2, or a Mac computer with OS X Lion or a PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7 (Outlook 2007 or 2010 recommended).
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.

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104 months ago

Snow Leopard does not have a .Mac preference pane.

It does have a MobileMe pane. So what is this screenshot real from?

Read. The. Article.
Rating: 16 Votes
104 months ago
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.
Rating: 11 Votes
104 months ago

I am not moving to Lion until it has Rosetta.

You will never upgrade OS X then.

Snow Leopard is the end of the line for you.
Rating: 9 Votes
104 months ago
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!!
Rating: 8 Votes
104 months ago

Snow Leopard does not have a .Mac preference pane.

It does have a MobileMe pane. So what is this screenshot real from?

RTFA. It says it's from Tiger.

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.

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.
Rating: 6 Votes
104 months ago
this "no Keychain syncing" kills me. WTF???
Rating: 6 Votes
104 months ago
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?

Rating: 5 Votes
104 months ago

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. :)

Don't bother. my iMac Core Duo... I replaced the 1.83GHz Core Duo with a 1.66 GHz Core 2 Duo. On the bright side, its a bit faster, and in Activity Monitor, all Apps that CAN run in 64 bit now run in 64 bit :)

On the down side, I was expecting, and i'm correct, the EFI will stop you.
Unless you can change it, the EFI will not allow to boot from a hard disk with Lion installed. I can't even run the Lion installer in SL. Instead of saying it requires a bla bla, it simply says it will not run on this machine.

Same goes for attempting to boot off a Lion install disk I made.. it doesn't work.

Basically, only upgrade and put a C2D in if you will continue to use SL, and want snappier performance, and 64 bit... IF you want Lion, get a different Mac.
Rating: 4 Votes
104 months ago
This is great

I think tons of people are running snow leopard still that it's to risky to not give any updates to people.
Rating: 4 Votes
104 months ago
I'm glad, now I can 100% stay on SL.
Rating: 4 Votes

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