Deprecating Support for Mac OSX 10.6.8

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Isto

Player Support Specialist

04-25-2014
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Hey Summoners,


We wanted to give you an early heads-up that in a few patches (Currently targeting the 4.9 patch) we'll be updating our minimum system specifications for Mac players from 10.6 "Snow Leopard" to 10.7 "Lion". This decision follows Apple stopping development on security updates for 10.6 - you can check out this Ars Technica article for details. Over time, this switch to 10.7+ will allow us to leverage Apple's more recent tools to create a better League experience for Mac users.

For those of you still on 10.6, there are a few potential routes you can explore:

A free upgrade to 10.9 "Mavericks" - the latest version of OS X. According to Apple's website, the following machines are compatible with 10.9:
o iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
o MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
o MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
o MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
o Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
o Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
o Xserve (Early 2009)

If your machine isn't included in the list above, you may still be able to purchase an upgrade to 10.7 "Lion" for $20 (Machines incompatible with 10.9 "Mavericks" are also incompatible with 10.8 "Mountain Lion"). A list of machines that can upgrade to 10.7:
o iMac (Late 2006 or newer)
o MacBook (Late 2006 or newer)
o MacBook Pro (Late 2006 or newer)
o MacBook Air (Early 2008 or newer)
o Mac mini (Mid 2007 or newer)
o Mac Pro (Mid 2006 or newer)

If you're unsure of your machine's compatibility, you can use Apple's Service and Support Coverage check to find out.

If neither of these solutions work, you'll need to switch to running the Windows client through Bootcamp or another Virtual Machine program to continue playing League of Legends on 10.6. That said, we strongly recommend upgrading to a newer computer as soon as you are able to (though we know this isn't a possibility for everyone). Since Apple has dropped security updates for Snow Leopard, your system (and your LoL account) will become increasingly vulnerable to risk. We'll keep you updated if our schedule changes in the coming weeks.

Thanks!

Update: We've bumped this change back again to the 4.9 patch and have also directly emailed players who are on 10.6 just to be completely sure that this message gets to everyone it needs to.


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Aquarea

Junior Member

05-18-2014

Hmm.Hmm, I'm on a MacBook Pro Late 2010, but will it lag with Mavericks?
Thanks!


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NPC Tsaab

Junior Member

05-21-2014

So will this mean that our games won't crash as much as it use to if we update our computer? I'm still going to update my computer, but I'm wondering if it will let us actually complete a game without crashing or freezing once. If it does, HURRAY. If it doesn't, I'll somehow manage.


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RasheedR

Senior Member

05-21-2014

Will we be unable to play league if we don't make the change?


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FreakinUnoriginl

Senior Member

05-22-2014

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Originally Posted by Aquarea View Post
Hmm.Hmm, I'm on a MacBook Pro Late 2010, but will it lag with Mavericks?
Thanks!
On older machines Mavericks shouldn't have much of an impact on performance, neither positive nor negative. On a 2008 MacBook with 2GB of 1066MHz RAM I noticed slightly slower boot speed, which wasn't an issue after installing 4+ GB of 1333MHz RAM. If you're gaming you should have at least 4GB anyways.


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Eiforya

Junior Member

05-24-2014

Is their a riot staff member or anyone from riot that can address the issue of the client not updating after it hits archive_1.raf and with the KPbs going all the way down to 0. With also saying that 380-390 mb is remaining. The time continues to fluctuate as, if it was still updating, but nothing appears to change as the KPbs is still at 0. This occurred through trying to update the client but it was stuck at 33% with the 2/2 calculating differences going from A-Z updates with no apparent change or actual update. So I decided to reinstall the application but however received the archive_1.raf situation. Would appreciate someone from Riot to address the issues that several mac users are currently dealing with.


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FreakinUnoriginl

Senior Member

05-24-2014

The patching issue is not Mac-specific. In the Help & Support section there's over a half-dozen threads on the first two pages specific to getting stuck at 33%, with OSes from Vista, 7, and 8, in addition to Mac OS X. Unfortunately they have a sticky in Help & Support suggesting that it's a connection issue or anti-virus interference, which seems like a shot in the dark as I haven't seen anyone report that following their suggestions have resolved the issue.


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silentscout556

Junior Member

05-27-2014

I have the newest macbook pro available running 10.9.3 and literally every game i get "attempting to reconnect" at least 5 times a game causing me to dc and caused a 1 day ban. Now im affraid to even play because im afraid of getting a permeant ban.


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Associate Software Engineer

05-27-2014
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Originally Posted by Aquarea View Post
Hmm.Hmm, I'm on a MacBook Pro Late 2010, but will it lag with Mavericks?
Thanks!
Apple has done a good job of making Mavericks use fewer resources than Snow Leopard. So it's likely you'll actually run better.

However, I can't give you a guarantee, as we have not specifically tested that combination.


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Associate Software Engineer

05-27-2014
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Will we be unable to play league if we don't make the change?
Correct, you will be unable to play League of Legends if you don't make a change to stop using Snow Leopard. We'll no longer be using the SDK for Snow Leopard, and will start using features only available in Lion and later.