Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Product Information

  • Overview

    If you need to purchase Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, you may order it from this page.
    The current version of the Mac operating system is macOS Sierra. To learn more, please click here.

    Note: Some OS X Snow Leopard features require an Apple ID; terms apply. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. For more information for OS X Snow Leopard, see the Snow Leopard Installation and Setup Guide.

Questions & Answers

Answers from the community

  • Answer

    OS 10.6 is Snow Leopard, that is what you are trying to put on. To my knowledge, Snow Leopard is o OS 10.6 is Snow Leopard, that is what you are trying to put on. To my knowledge, Snow Leopard is only available on DVD from Apple and once installed all updates should be done through "Software Update" under the "Apple" menu. If you downloaded Snow Leopard from somewhere, you may have downloaded an update instead of the full retail version of Snow Leopard.

    You will require the Snow Leopard DVD. It was recently sold out at the online Apple Store, but I see it is available again but with a 3 to 4 week wait time (probably so Apple can get more DVDs produced).

    Please note that your old iMac must have an Intel processor in order for Snow Leopard to install. It cannot have a PowerPC processor.

    To check which processor the old iMac has, go to "About This Mac" in the "Apple" Menu. To be able to install Snow Leopard, make sure the word "Intel" appears somewhere beside "Processor".

    (Also note: Snow Leopard will not install on Macs sold since 2011 or so, but Snow Leopard may run on more recent Macs. Simply install on an external drive using an old intel-based Mac, then connect drive to newer Mac and try starting up from it.)

    • Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
    • 04 15, 17
  • Answer

    Depends on your Mac.

    If it has a PowerPC processor, then OS 10.5.8 is the last OS X that will wor Depends on your Mac.

    If it has a PowerPC processor, then OS 10.5.8 is the last OS X that will work on your Mac.

    If it has an Intel processor, then you can upgrade to Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) and do a software update to OS 10.6.8.

    Then depending on your Mac's hardware, you can upgrade directly to OS 10.7, OS 10.8, or OS 10.11. (OS 10.9 and OS 10.10 are no longer available, as any Mac that can run those versions, can also run OS 10.11.)

    Once OS 10.7 or later is running on your Mac, and if your hardware is supported (which I doubt) you can upgrade to OS 10.12.

    Note that OS 10.11 & OS 10.12 are free downloads through the App Store app which is installed with all Macs from OS 10.6.8 onward. OS 10.7 & OS 10.8 are also downloaded through the App Store app but first require the purchase of a redemption code through the online Apple Store.

    • Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
    • 04 8, 17