05/10/2013 01:30 AM
Posted by Uxqatom
Does Apple suck for taking the iOS "drop support after a year" strategy with their desktop OS? Very much so.
Correct me here, but it isn't so much the OS as it is the graphics drivers, right? I'm under the impression that if nVidia and ATI were able to offer graphics driver updates directly then dropping OS support wouldn't be so necessary.
To that extent, I don't understand why Apple has to deliver the drivers.
Apple is in control of the OpenGL framework too, which those drivers rely on (remember, OpenGL is the only
framework that is in OS X for graphics - there is no alternative such as DirectX).
nVidia does provide occasional
graphics driver updates, but only for specific models. For other models with nVidia cards that have updates in those drivers you have to use something like Pacifist to install them, and even for some moderately savvy users that can be something they're leery of.
Also be aware that nVidia driver updates that are provided outside of Apple are specific to the version of OS X they were built against
. Install them on any other version, even if you're withing the same master version (Lion or Mountain Lion) and you'll get either a panic or grey screen on startup.
So the ball's really in Apple's court here.
If it were as simple as "just install the latest drivers and you're good" like it is in Windows XP, we'd transplant Lion or ML's drivers into Snow Leopard and merrily roll along. Unfortunately it's anything but
And so here we are.