OS X 10.6 won't support PPC

Posted by: Topper

OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 09:31 AM

From MacRumors...<br><br>As we approach the release of Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), Appleinsider suggests that this may be the last major Mac OS revision that supports the PowerPC architecture.<br><br>Looking ahead, those people familiar with Apple development cycles speculate that Mac OS X 10.6 will exclude support for PowerPC-based Macs entirely, requiring that users have one of the company's Intel-based systems which first began making their way to market in early 2006.<br><br>Cited as speculation, Apple may not yet have made a decision on this matter. Apple has made no announcements about Mac OS X 10.6. Based on the most recent Mac OS development cycles, Mac OS X 10.6 would not likely ship until 2009.<br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 10:19 AM

As well it shouldn't. Even though both of my macs are PPC, I think by 10.6, Apple should drop them from supported machines.<br><br>
Posted by: DLC

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 10:36 AM

When was the last PPC? 2004? 2005?<br><br>and when will 10.6 ....code named "[censored] galore"* come out ??<br><br>(* well it's kinda a cat's name ) <br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 11:06 AM

[color:blue]"(* well it's kinda a cat's name )"</font color=blue><br>I've seen all the James Bond movies<br><br>Last PPC was either late 2005 or early 2006.<br>OS X 10.6 will come out at the earliest sometime in 2009.<br><br><br><br><br>
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 11:07 AM

I agree but what about poor people like drjohn?<br>Well...that's a bad example. drjohn is probably still using OS 9.<br><br><br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 11:17 AM

Last I knew, DrJohn has a macbook!<br><br>
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 11:23 AM

What's this world coming to? You can't count on anyone anymore.<br><br><br>
Posted by: OSXaddict

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 11:26 AM

No kidding. I am getting behind the times with my macs. My newest one is starting it's 5th year.<br><br>
Posted by: drjohn

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 06:39 PM

<br><br><br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br>
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 07:29 PM

Oops, my bad!<br><br><br>
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 07:41 PM

Howsabout some more RAM, drjohn? <br><br>&#63743; &#63743; &#63743; &#63743;
Posted by: Optimus_George

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 08:10 PM

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Posted by: drjohn

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 08:37 PM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Howsabout some more RAM, drjohn?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Send it and I'll install it. <br><br>I think about more RAM occasionally, but mostly what I use the laptop for doesn't challenge it much. <br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br>
Posted by: drjohn

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 08:47 PM

I'll bet that newer model with the extra .16 GHz really flies. <br><br>Old farts, the hidden caulk of civilization. Jim Atkinson<br>
Posted by: Optimus_George

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/24/07 08:54 PM

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Posted by: Jim_

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 05:18 AM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>When was the last PPC? 2004? 2005?<p><hr></blockquote><p> ????? They discontinued the Mini and laptops, G4's, and the G5 towers just a year ago, 2006. I doubt 10.6 will be PPC only. That would make a lot of only 2.5 to 3 year old machines out of the loop and a lot of mad people.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 07:41 AM

Hope you're right. I can't see having to buy a new computer two years from now just to run the new OS.<br><br>&#63743; &#63743; &#63743; &#63743;
Posted by: Jim_

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 08:47 AM

Apple has historically supported all machines with a new OS for around 4-5 years, sometimes a little longer. My MDD 867 just made the cut, it was discontinued 4.5 years ago. The 733 Quicksilver isn't supported but the faster ones are, those are just over 5 years since they discontinued them. The previous G4 models are 6 years or more, not supported. System 9 and OS X were pretty much the same timeline. <br><br>Of course things can change, but the cycle is what they have done in the past. If you figure another 1.5 years for 10.6, plus the year and a month since the G5's and G4's I mentioned were discontinued, you're looking at only about 2.5 years, 3 if they make it another 2 year cycle on the OS. I doubt they'd drop support for hardware that quickly.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Posted by: Trog

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 09:48 AM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I doubt 10.6 will be PPC only<p><hr></blockquote><p>Now that is something you can take to the bank! <br><br>I think you make a good point that they tend to support for a good five years out, but I think this is going to be a bit different for a couple reasons. Maintaining support for old, slower PPCs, while building a new OS for newer, faster PPCs is a whole lot easier (and far cheaper) than creating a new OS that must work flawlessly on two, completely different chipsets (Intel and PPC). A better comparison than looking at past cycles involving G3 to G4 to G5 might be to look at their length of OS support for 68K after the PPC transition.<br><br>Its way too early to even worry about, but they will drop support for a model when it becomes too much of a liability, either financially or development-wise. One thing we all know about Apple development is they are pretty quick to cut their losses and move on when technology changes.<br><br>
Posted by: Jim_

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 10:29 AM

Quadras from 1991 could run system 8.1, 1998. 8.5 came out in Oct '98, it was the first PPC only. 7 year cycle. OS 9 was about the same. 10.0 cut the cycle to about 5 years.<br><br>Oh hell, I just got "I doubt 10.6 will be PPC only". Dumbassİ <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Posted by: DLC

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 03:22 PM

I can't believe they censored my "p u s s y" comment !!<br>geez.... senstive and they don't support James Bond !<br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: G4Dualie

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/25/07 11:03 PM

Not too worry, Apple will continue to support PPC until the number intel models surpasses the combined totals of all G4s & G5s twice over.<br><br>As long as you and I continue to extend the value of our computers by updating our software and adding upgrades, we'll keep the market for the PPC alive and remain relevant in Apple's eyes.<br><br>I believe OS X has slowed down the rate of attrition of the PPC.<br><br><br>M i c h a e l (OFI)
Posted by: iPirate

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 09/27/07 07:37 AM

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Posted by: MacBozo

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 06:28 AM

What's your source for supported (unsupported) hardware? Will my 1.2 GHz G4 frankenMac make the cut?<br><br>
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 06:31 AM

I would think that Apple would drop G4 support entirely and still support G5s for a little while longer. These machines simply run forever. My frankenMac G4 will be 8 years old this Christmas.<br><br>
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 06:42 AM

Both the G4 and G5 are PPC.<br>Leopard, which is coming out this month, will still support PPC.<br>But the next operating system after Leopard will stop the PPC support.<br>Probably not a real big deal. G4 and G5 users will have to stay with Leopard until the end of time.<br><br><br>
Posted by: DLC

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 06:44 AM

"G4 and G5 users will have to stay with Leopard until the end of time."<br><br>Could be worse !<br><br>you could be stuck with VISTA !! <br><br>David (OFI)
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 06:48 AM

Isn't that a laugh?!<br>Vista users are going back to XP. That is absolutely the strangest thing.<br><br><br>
Posted by: Jim_

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 07:31 AM

The cut off will be determined processor speed only hopefully. Just because the original hardware was below the 867 Mhz threshold hopefully they won't disallow it to run on that cryeria alone and onlky look at processor speed. Unless there's some sort of legacy chip limitation, model of G4 chip, ATA controller model, etc.<br><br>Even if so I'd say something like exposfacto will come to the rescue.<br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Posted by: Jim_

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 07:36 AM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>I would think that Apple would drop G4 support entirely and still support G5s for a little while longer.<p><hr></blockquote><p>Like I mentioned above, the G4 Mini's and laptops, and the G5's, were just discontinued end of summer of 2006, a year ago. I doubt they will drop support for them any time soon. I'd say at least through 10.6 should be good.<br><br>You been gone? <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/04/07 08:56 AM

You been gone?<br><br>Vacation. Pics sometime today.<br><br>
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/05/07 01:24 PM

Well, if my G4 doesn't make the cut, that'll justify my getting a new MacBook or Mini. <br><br>
Posted by: Jim_

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/05/07 02:05 PM

Yeah, unfortunately my MDD dual 867 just makes the cut, I need another excuse now, bummer. <br><br>------> JD's Trivia game<br><br>------> MCF-MM Trivia game
Posted by: lanovami

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/11/07 09:18 PM

"Appleinsider suggests that this may be the last major Mac OS revision that supports the PowerPC architecture."<br><br>That pace sounds just about right. 10.5 would be too early.<br><br>We are what we repeatedly do. -Aristotle
Posted by: Topper

Re: OS X 10.6 won't support PPC - 10/11/07 09:25 PM

Yep, after I posted it I said to myself, who cares?<br><br><br>