The original rumours concerning Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard stated that it would be available only for 64bit Intel processors, leaving PowerPC G4, G5, and early Intel Macs out in the blue. While Steve Jobs’ keynote and the preview pages at Apple.com did not speak of any hardware cut-offs, Gizmodo got their hands on a hardware requirements document for the Developer Preview release of Snow Leopard, and it contains bad news for PowerPC users.The document, titled “Developer Preview Information”, lists the minimum system requirements for the developer release of Snow Leopard.
Image taken from Gizmodo.
So, support for the early Intel Macs is there; the cut-off point is PowerPC, which is sure to be not well received by G5 and late iBook and PowerBook owners (I own a G4 PowerBook myself). Of course, these system requirements are anything but final, so they may change in the future.
There’s always a chance that they just cut PPC from the devloper builds to get it out quickers(and to let the devs know where the future lies), but the G5 might still make the final cut.
Hardly proof of anything. The support may even be there, but it’s missing either the ability to boot, or maybe there are bugs, or maybe Quicktime X doesn’t work on PPC yet. Everyone seems to be suggesting that PPC support has been “removed” rather than just present but buggy.
I’m not saying it will definitely support PPC, I’m just saying the requirements for the dev preview is hardly proof that the final won’t work on PPC.