Snow Leopard is Intel-only

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by yoh_hectic, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. yoh_hectic

    yoh_hectic PhilMUG Addict Member

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    It's true, part of the refinement of OS X is no more PowerPC support. This isn't as bad as it sounds as the Apple's Intel transition started way back in 2005.

    So even if you bought a PowerMac G5 back in August 7, 2006 you had a run of more than 3 years.
     
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    loko__loko Well-Known Member

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    ows? haay.. my imac g4 ...
     
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    Leopard is working fine with my powerbook and no regrets with it. Part of Apple's slowly removing support for PPC macs.
     
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    Does apple have any valid reason why Snow Leopard can't be used on PPC Macs? Does it really have to do with the capability of the PPC CPUs?
     
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    perhaps because, they're no longer producing PPC macs and are inviting everyone to buy intel macs?
     
  6. rbenzon

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    It's probably a cost-benefit decision. It requires a lot of resources to support legacy systems, with little upside.

    This, of course, does not mean that legacy support. Leopard (maybe Tiger too?) will continue to evolve, and those updates will continue to be free.

    Instead of making Snow Leopard fat and heavy (like Windows) to support legacy architectures, focus on a leaner, more efficient OS for current and future generations of chips. I think it's a reasonable business decision, unless you prefer that they an abominable Snow Leopard for all, just to support legacies.

    My wife has a PPC iBook, which died a natural death. She got a Macbook, which we will soon be a Snow bunny. ;)

    On the other hand, I came across a blog recently that dispelled this rumor. So maybe Apple *is* deliberately trying to do a snow job. ;)
     
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    This is the shed of 6GB I guess...
     
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    Go Snow! we're all waiting for you.
    We're all ready to buy, just don't make us cry.
    Or you'll lose your following and worth,
    just like how Vista got burned even before hitting the earth.
     
  9. johannes

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    In Apple's efforts to trim off the fat from OS X, sacrificing support for the PPCs was inevitable. In the end, we get a faster and more efficient operating system. Pair that with the new Mac hardware and you get a better computing experience. At least, Leopard still worked on the older Macs. I don't think we can say the same for its Vista counterpart and the older PCs, hehehe... ;)
     
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    This was announced way back and people on leopard or PPC machines have had all the time to prepare for it.

    If Apple can make my already fast machine faster (I browse with 20-30 tabs open in firefox with itunes, transmission, adium, word, bridge and photoshop open with no problem) go for it!
     
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    Points well made! :)
     

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