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 I would prefer other companies, too, take a more aggressive approach towards deprecating outdated technology in consumer technology.

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Typical Apple
by mz721 on Mon 5th Feb 2018 02:49 UTC
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Apple is great if you fit into their box. They tell you what you want (you don't need a USB port, you don't need a headphone jack, you don't need 32-bit support...) and if you agree (ie like their products and like having the latest version of stuff) then fine. If you like anything out of the ordinary ... not so good. It's good we have choice in the marketplace. Windows is more ragged than Mac but much better for long term support and range of software. Linux is there if you don't need to use commercial software or can virtualize it, but you prob have to be a little more savvy. Mac is great if you don't want to think about the machine at all (and are happy to pay for the privilege) and don't do anything bespoke.

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RE: Typical Apple
by agentj on Mon 5th Feb 2018 04:09 in reply to "Typical Apple"
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USB or headphone jack is completely different than 32bit support. What's the point of maintaining 32bit apps ? Changing app from 32bit to 64bit is simpler than interfacing USB-C device to USB 3.0 port. If you use some severely outdated piece of crap of software that developer never bothers to update, then stick with the old ass caveman hardware.

Linux and compatibility ? It's a complete joke. Linux apps will usually break the next week after you compile them and update any library in the system - that's why no serious developer will ever support linux unless they fix their compatibility problems. Shipping .so or static linking is laughable "solution" - you miss various things. They drop support for various things in kernel all the time, because - IT'S A MAGIC - there are no infinite developer resources.

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RE[2]: Typical Apple
by Kochise on Mon 5th Feb 2018 06:11 in reply to "RE: Typical Apple"
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Probably because not every software needs more than 4GB of memory. Things worked pretty well until recently, 32 bits is enough for Word and stuff. If you need them to be 64 bits then there are questions pending. Not everyone runs a server farm in their garage. At least 32 bits apps are more easily sand-boxed into a 64 bits system. Better security it is.

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RE: Typical Apple
by REM2000 on Mon 5th Feb 2018 08:48 in reply to "Typical Apple"
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Thats the key thing though, its why a lot of people (not all purchase apple equipment).

You purchase it knowing it has a set working life but during that life it's going to be fully supported in both software and hardware. Like you say you purchase apps from the vendors and you buy into their support cycle as well, which if you use the mac for work is pretty much how you will see that device and others such as a company van on lease.

As others have mentioned Windows is the other route, you get one year support from the company supplying the hardware, you then can pay for support for windows, however people can run software and hardware for as long as they wish, if something breaks then they either pay microsoft for help or replace the item (sorry we dont sell that scanner anymore, purchase our new one) however you have more control.

Personally i use both, i see the benefits in both, with apple i know im on a treadmill and i accept it as it works well for me. However i do use my windows pc to play older games and run older software.

Checking my mac i see that all of the software i use is 64bit already so i wont be affected by the upgrade, one of the last hold outs for me was dropbox.

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