[Development] Qt 6.5 Is Irrelevant for More than 95% of Mac Desktops

Tuukka Turunen tuukka.turunen at qt.io
Fri Dec 23 11:37:27 CET 2022


One more thing to note related to 10.15 support in Qt 6.5 is that even if it is dropped from the supported platforms (as has been planned), it doesn’t mean it would be impossible for someone to use it in their application. Of course, deploying to an unsupported version means more testing and possibly some fixes to be picked. It is never recommended to run on a non-tested (in CI) configuration, but doing the testing for the application is still an option. That said, staying for a while with Qt 6.4.x is another option for those who still need to support 10.15 during next year.



From: Development <development-bounces at qt-project.org> on behalf of Vladimir Belyavsky <belyavskyv at gmail.com>
Date: Friday, 23. December 2022 at 11.54
To: development at qt-project.org <development at qt-project.org>
Subject: Re: [Development] Qt 6.5 Is Irrelevant for More than 95% of Mac Desktops
For my company, dropping support for macOS 10.15 in Qt 6.5 is also problematic,
as we'll have to stick with Qt 6.4 or consider dropping support and updates for about 15% of our users.

Here are our internal statistics on the current macOS distribution to real average users,
based on a really large number of customers:
- macOS 10.14.6 ~ 5% (fortunately Qt 6.3.2  it's still functional there)
- macOS 10.15.7 ~ 10%

As a developer, I understand the reason for stopping legacy OS support,
but it will not be easy for me to explain to the management why we once again
should stop supporting quite a large number of our users. (they are still angry after dropping Win7)
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