Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 4th Jun 2008 19:04 UTC
Mac OS X Mac OS X 10.5, Leopard, may only be six months old, but rumours are already abound as to the next update to Apple's operating system. According to several sources, it's going to be called Snow Leopard, it won't contain any major new features, and is planned to go gold master December 2008, available a month later. The big rumour: it's going to be available for 64bit Intel machines only.
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Apple reps visiting campus yesterday...
by snozzberry on Wed 4th Jun 2008 23:22 UTC
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...made it clear that "G" branded equipment (PPC) has been deprecated. I remember telling people for some time that Leopard would be the final OS X release for PPC, and it looks like I was right.

If they are in fact going 64 bit, this makes sense for a few reasons:

1. It obsoletes 32-bit Hackintoshes even faster.
2. Research geeks who were promised 64-bit computing when the G5 came out are finally getting it back.

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aesiamun Member since:

And completely kills software upgrades for hardware that is less than 3 years old. My 1st generation macbook is not 64bit and will be left in the cold if they choose to not release 32bit versions of Mac OSX updates in the future.

This would definitely make me a sad panda.

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dlundh Member since:

While I understood the reason for Apple to go Intel on desktop machines and portables I never understood their move away from PowerPC for their server kit.

IBM has been busy all along making the fastest server chips in the world and Apple could easily take advantage of it- dropping PPC support obviously takes them on a single path.

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snozzberry Member since:

Historically, Apple has had love-hate relationships with their CPU vendors. Motorola repeatedly screwed the pooch on deliveries, and IBM thumbed their noses on developing the G5s the moment they found larger customers than Apple.

PPC smoked early Pentiums. It did. But Intel caught up and started showing signs of developing things that Big Blue had no interest in following (like efficient power consumption) because fabwise, IBM is all about niche markets now.

Would there be a benefit in continuing to develop for multiple architectures? Absolutely. Is IBM interested in being a part of that path? Absolutely not. As far as IBM is concerned, Cell is their future and Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo are their customers. Realistically I have doubts their commitment to Big Iron is any stronger than their commitment to making PCs was.

Edited 2008-06-05 15:50 UTC

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