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Apple pulls support for desktop OS after less than five years

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Nearly one in five fanbois have been left potentially vulnerable to hacking attacks after Apple announced the end of support for OS X Snow Leopard.

The OS was only launched about four-and-a-half years ago and is still relied upon by about 20 per cent of the world's Apple-loving population.

The fruity firm released a patch for the latest version of OS X, Mavericks (10.9), yesterday – along with patches for Mountain Lion (10.8) and Lion (10.7). These plugged 21 security holes.

However, it did not offer the same for Snow Leopard (10.6), which is a clear indication that Apple is happy to allow it to go extinct. These 21 holes are presumably still open in old timers' systems.

“Let’s face it, Apple doesn’t go out of their way to ensure users are aware when products are going end of life,” said Andrew Storms, director of DevOps at security company CloudPassage.

So fanbois: it's time to get with the times. After all, Mavericks is free. What are you waiting for? ®

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