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Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE[4]: Comment by Tuishimi
by Morgan on Fri 17th Sep 2010 00:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Tuishimi"
Morgan
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Upgradability is low, and OS X support cut-off means a >5yr old Mac is obsolete.


Tell that to the happy folks at lowendmac.com and other PPC/old Mac communities. Hell, I used a G3 PowerBook "Pismo" daily until last year when the power cord shorted and fried the logic board. "Obsolete" is relative; that ten year old G3 'book was the absolute perfect writing machine for me. It had one of the best notebook keyboards ever made, it was quick enough for simultaneous writing, web browsing and listening to music, and it was one of the most durable Mac notebooks ever made. Sure, I'd never play Doom 3 on it, but why would I want to? It was a tool that did its job well, and I am still torn between getting another one and moving into this decade with a new MacBook.

Back to the iMacs in question: All Intel iMacs, all G5 iMacs and most later G4 iMacs can run Leopard, which hasn't been cut off at all. The only thing truly obsolete on those PPC Macs is the video processor, as it is integrated into the logic board and limits usefulness with regard to gaming and watching videos.

Also, while they won't run Snow Leopard, by the time 10.7 comes out (moving Leopard to "unsupported") those Macs will be nearing 10 years old anyway. I'd say that is a good run for an all-in-one PC. Try installing Windows Vista (the older of the two currently supported Microsoft OSes) on a maxed out eight year old Pentium 4 and watch it choke and struggle. I know, I've tried it. On the other hand, Leopard on a G4 iMac is as snappy as Tiger.

As for the current crop of aluminum iMacs, I'd expect them to remain useful and supported at least through the next two OS releases.

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