Apple Product Support Fail

It is not unreasonable, IMHO, for Apple or any other software company to not impede their progress with the necessity of making their new products work on PPC as well as Mac Intels at this point. Apple introduced the Intel chips quite a while ago and people have had a fair amount of time to transition if they wish to stay current.

The G5 Quad Core computers were introduced less than 4 years ago, in October of 2005. It’s hardly unreasonable to expect a current OS and software to be compatible, especially after dropping over $3k on each machine. It’s not like it is horribly outdated technology. I mean, seriously, these are 2.5GHz, Quad Core machines that can take 16GB of RAM, not a Performa 6400. As far as plugins are concerned, most developers have kept their plugins compatible with PPC machines, and again, run beautifully in LP8, and aside from LP9s memory issues, run fine in 9.

And remember when Apple introduced the Intel chips 3 years ago, and none of the plugins worked for the first year? We had an Intel Quad Core sitting UNUSED for 2 years before plugin developers finally caught up. Had to buy the G5s just so we could keep working! So much for staying current. As a loyal Apple user and customer, these recent updates have proven to be a huge disappointment.

But it doesn’t look like we can go any further on the G5 machines, as Apple will no longer build Mac OS for the PPC platform. Leopard 10.5.8 marks the end of the line for PPC machines. Looks like our studio plan is going to be work the G5s to death, squeezing as much life out of them, and then wait for just the right moment to buy the next 16-Core 128-bit Intel MacPro with OS 10.8, running slightly outdated plugins because the developers couldnt quite keep up and get their 128-bit versions out…. right before Apple declares the Intel MacPro obsolete and stops supporting them past 10.9. Maybe we can wait it out until OSXI comes out.

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