updated 08:57 pm EDT, Thu May 8, 2014
Snow Leopard dropped from latest driver updates
On Thursday, Apple updated its drivers for Canon printer, scanner and AIO products for Macs running OS X 10.7.x (Lion), Mountain Lion (10.8.x) or Mavericks (10.9.x). The updates are likely to already be included in the forthcoming 10.9.3 update, and updates every currently-available driver alongside adding new support for new models. This is the first time that no Snow Leopard version of a driver update has been available.
Last month, Apple updated drivers for supported and new Xerox printers, print servers and its WorkCentre line, and released two versions: 3.0.1 for Lion and higher, and version 2.3 for Snow Leopard (10.6). Assuming the company does not issue a later separate version of the drivers for 10.6 in the next few days, active support for it can be assumed to have ceased (apart from the possibility of some needed iTunes and security updates).
The Canon update adds support for the E400 and E560 line of combination printer-scanners; the IP2800 and IP8700 printer series; the IX6500 series; the MG2400, 2500, 3500, 5500, 6400, 6500 and 7100 printer-scanners; the MX470 and MX530; the P200 series and the PRO-1 v1-1 series, all of which are inkjet based. Apple's update also covers a handful of new laser printer models, including the MF6100 series, the MF6100 Fax, the MF6100 PS3, and the MF6800 series and Fax version.
The "combo" update file, which contains all the updated and added drivers, weighs in at 257.2MB -- however, most users will simply employ Software Update, which downloads "delta" versions for only the relevant drivers on a users' system. A list of all support Canon printers can be found here.