Apple finally removes Python 2 in macOS 12.3

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Apple will no longer bundle Python 2.7 with macOS 12.3, according to developer release notes for the next software update. Python 2 is unsupported as of January 1, 2020, and no longer receives bug fixes, security fixes, or other changes.

Apple says developers should use an alternative programming language instead, such as Python 3, but it’s worth noting that Python 3 also doesn’t come pre-installed on macOS. Developers can run the /usr/bin/python3 stub in Terminal, but it prompts users to install the Xcode Developer Tools, which includes Python 3.

Apple has warned that future versions of macOS will not include Python 2.7 in macOS Catalina Developer Release Notes in 2019. At the time, Apple said Python 2.7 was included in macOS for compatibility with legacy software.

“If your software depends on scripting languages, it’s a good idea to bundle the runtime into the application,” Apple said.

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