Apple recently changed its online store access requirements. Now, Apple Store will not be compatible with older versions of Safari and macOS.
In order to access the online Apple store, your Mac must run at least OS X 10.10.5 Yosemite or later, as well as Safari version 10.1.2 or newer. It has been reported by Mac Otakara that a message is being displayed on Apple’s website, for users that do not apply to the said requirements. It states that they are running an ‘Unsupported Browser Version‘.
If you attempt to access the online store from a legacy Yosemite build, a message will pop-up, urging users to download the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. And, since Yosemite-compliant iterations of those two browsers are already outdated, Mac users will be left no other option, but to update to a newer OS, one like 10.14 Mojave.
The reason behind this new requirement is further customer protection from online threats. And, by ensuring that you are running the latest OS and web browser software, Apple is doing just that.
The company is known to put a lot of effort to make its hardware and software products as secure as possible. It is expected that Apple will introduce a new slate of protection this fall, with macOS Catalina, iOS 13, iPadOS, watchOS 6, tvOS 13, and even internet-based utilities like Sign in with Apple.