Apple ceases to support older versions of Apple software and hardware five years after it was last sold. This means they no longer issue updates, including security updates, or sell parts for them. Also, most third party software vendors will not support their applications running on obsolete equipment or operating systems. Technology Services will also not support obsolete or vintage Apple hardware.
What does this mean for me?
The lack of updates can leave the computer vulnerable to attacks and intrusions, putting the computer, the user, and the entire University at risk. For this reason, obsolete Apple software or hardware will not be supported without an exemption from the Division of Technology Services. Any computer found running obsolete or vintage Apple software without an exemption will be blocked from the network.
What can I do?
You have three options regarding the out of support equipment – upgrade the software to a supported range, replace the hardware with supported gear, or receive an exemption from Technology Services. Please email email@example.com or call 715-425-3687 with any questions or to request assistance in determining the best option to meet your needs. Technology Services staff would be happy to assist in looking for alternative software or hardware solutions that will work with a supported operating system to ensure that the chosen solution can be adequately supported by Technology Services staff.