Apple Silently Starting to DROP PowerPC Platforms
This week Steve Job’s announced the new iMacs, iLife ’08 and iWork ’08. Well, the one thing that I don’t seem to remember seeing until people who still have a dual G5 1.8GHz iMac or a G4 Powerbook ran out, bought it and then discovered it’s hard coded to only run on the G5 1.9 Ghz and of course the Intel based Macs.
This, I feel, is a bit too early to do it. Also, even though there is a big push to go “HD” there are MANY of us who have yet to take the jump. With that said, I feel there’s still a large need to edit standard definition video. High Definition is nice looking and all, but some things like family events don’t necessarily need to be filmed in HD. Also, a 1.0 GHz or higher CPU CAN edit video and play video very well. I should know…I do it. Granted, I don’t do HD, but I still do some standard def every once in a while.
What this all boils down to is a artificial limitation. Apple has put a artificial limitation on the software because they seem to be ready to leave the G4 and G5 owners in the dust. Even those who bought their G4 Powerbook a month before the Intel MacBook’s came out. The G4 itself is still a very capable processor and my Powerbook is still pretty speedy.
Yes, rendering is a bitch on my G4, but it works. It’s slow, but it works fine. I just start the render before bed and it’s usually done by the morning.
I am sure glad Linux does not put these limitations in…AT ALL. Don’t believe me? Try it. Get a Ubuntu CD and install it on a 800 MHz machine. Yep….it works. Might be a bit slow, but it works. The FOSS community DOES NOT put artificial limitations in their software. They let US make the decision if we want a unresponsive machine.
Gee, thanks Steve. Thanks for thinking I am a moron.