MacRumors is reporting that it looks like Apple is preparing to ship Mac OS X 10.6.9, an update to Snow Leopard, which will bring iCloud compatibility to Snow Leopard. This discovery came about when a developer running 10.4 Tiger (really?) accessed his .Mac preference pane after upgrading his MobileMe account to iCloud.
He received the following notice in the .Mac preference pane:
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.
Of course, Apple has been solely testing iCloud with OS X Lion, with developer help. If there has been any testing of iCloud with Snow Leopard, it has been done internally at Apple. Additionally, Apple hasn’t made clear what the minimum system requirements for iCloud will be.
In fact, the only clue we have is Apple’s statement on some of the iCloud pages, which notes that some features will require iOS 5 and OS X Lion to function. So, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that Apple will roll out at least some iCloud functionality for their Snow Leopard customers in the form of a minor OS update.
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