Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2018 14:15 UTC, submitted by Drumhellar
Mac OS X

When users attempt to launch a 32-bit app in 10.13.4, it will still launch, but it will do so with a warning message notifying the user that the app will eventually not be compatible with the operating system unless it is updated. This follows the same approach that Apple took with iOS, which completed its sunset of 32-bit app support with iOS 11 last fall.

This is good. I would prefer other companies, too, take a more aggressive approach towards deprecating outdated technology in consumer technology.

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RE: Not a good thing
by Drumhellar on Sat 3rd Feb 2018 20:23 UTC in reply to "Not a good thing"
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If you want eternal compatibility (Well, near eternal), stick with Windows.

Based on Apple's history, this is actually on schedule for a platform transition, even if partial.

The first mac came out in '84. The first PowerPC Mac came out in '95. The first Intel mac came out in '06. Now it's 2018 - just about time to excise the previous architecture. It's not like the writing hasn't been on the wall for years.

Users gain, also. Less work spent maintaining old API and kernel interfaces means more work can be spent on maintaining and improving 64-bit interfaces.

Also Several threat mitigation techniques are improved with 64-bits, meaning better security for users.

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RE[2]: Not a good thing
by bert64 on Sun 4th Feb 2018 06:04 in reply to "RE: Not a good thing"
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The first x86 mac came out in 2006, but x86_64 was already available then... It was Apple who chose to go with the 32bit core duo series for their first x86 laptops and imacs... The first mac pro was 64bit right from the start, as was the second generation of macbook.
The G5 was also 64bit, the 32bit macbook was actually a step backwards...

They could quite easily have gone direct to 64bit x86, and never had to worry about 32bit compatibility at all, but it's all because intel's only competitive laptop chip at the time was 32bit... They would have had to go with a power hungry p4 chip, or used an AMD processor in their laptops.

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RE[3]: Not a good thing
by SWC01 on Tue 6th Feb 2018 11:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Not a good thing"
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The G5 was also never available in a mobile device, which (iirc) was one of the reasons Apple decided to switch to Intel at the time.

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