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Problem with upgrading soon
Authored by: Panjandrum on Jun 16, '05 04:47:21PM

I think that those of us who are "worried" about upgrading our machines before the new Intel-based units become available probably remember the '040 to PPC switch. It was only a very short time, much less than a year, before applications started being written for PPC only, even though in many cases the 68k machines would have had plenty of power to run the program. This didn't happen for major products like Photoshop for quite some time, but it did happen with a lot of programs, including a substantial portion of the shareware scene. Was this Apple's fault? Not really, it was the fault of the people writing the software, but the result was the same; lots of hosed 68k owners.

I, for one, have decided to put off any purchase of Apple hardware until I can buy and Intel-based box. I require my machines to have a very long usability arc, and just can't afford to be out a major investment. I'll put one last G4 CPU upgrade in my sawtooth to make it through the next couple years, and see how things turn out with the whole Intel switch.

On another note. Aren't the chips Steve just talked about 32-bit and not even multiple CPU-capable? That's would really suck. I do a lot of heavy-multitasking on my system and am not looking forward to a machine with a single-cpu. I'm hoping I'm wrong on this point...

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