Yesterday, I explained why I wasn’t rushing to install Mavericks, the latest incarnation of OS X, onto my Macs.
But technology journalist Larry Seltzer has raised an interesting question which might make me change my mind.
Are there going to be any more security updates for Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?
Historically, Apple has issued security updates not just for the current version of Mac OS X (which is now Mavericks) but also the previous (Mountain Lion), and sometimes even the one before that!
But with Mavericks offered as a free update, will Apple feel any duty to issue security updates for the earlier version of the operating system?
Right now, the signs aren’t looking good. No security updates are showing up in Software Update, or on Apple’s website, for those sticking for a while with Mountain Lion - and Apple hasn’t (at the time of writing) responded to Larry’s requests for confirmation one way or another.
The issue is made more serious, because Apple *has* released lengthy details of the security vulnerabilities that Mavericks fixes.
Lets hope that Apple doesn’t let its Mountain Lion customers down and *does* release a security update soon for those who are holding off upgrading to the new version.
If it doesn’t, well, I might have to re-evaluate my decision and take the plunge after all…