Apple dropping PowerPC support in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is a very good thing

“If Snow Leopard is all about a bedrock for the future of computing, why do so many people still call for their legacy hardware to be supported?” Seamus Byrne asks for APC Magazine.

“The focus of Snow Leopard is on core upgrades, not shiny new features. A bedrock focused update that delivers a streamlined, enhanced OS X. Stability. Efficiency. A ‘new generation of core technologies,'” Byrne writes. “All this is about raising the floor on the entire system. Multi-core optimisation, support for 16TB RAM (yes, Terabytes), and a language to allow developers to tap the power of the graphics processor are just a few of the key upgrades. But you can’t lift the floor and let people walk around where the floor used to be all at the same time.”

“The shift to Intel coincided with the greatest leap in processing power this decade, as Core Duo chips left the competition far behind. Back in 2006, video editing tests at Creative Mac showed a Core Duo MacBook (entry level, not a MacBook Pro) was directly comparable to Dual G5 desktops of the day,” Byrne writes. “Laggards, you have two options: suck it up and join the future, or leave the rest of us to enjoy the spoils of progress. Cutting legacy support should be applauded and embraced…”

“Accept it, folks. You’re on old hardware, the clock is ticking… and Apple isn’t Microsoft with its eternal legacy support at the expense of OS advancement,” Byrne writes.

More in the full article here.


  1. Hey guess what? I will continue to use my “old” PPC hardware until you have to pull it from my cold dead hands!! (Or until they come out with a Macbook Pro with a 1 TB SSD.) ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I agree with this article, BUT probably still a full third of the Macs out there are running on PowerPC chips.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, 10.7 or even 10.8 should have been the cutoff from a consumer’s perspective. Then again, Apple has a lot of folks smarter than me running the show.

    And, no, I don’t want the future of the OS held back by legacy stuff. I just want stuff I bought a couple of years not to be considered legacy.

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