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11-12-2012, 04:20 PM
Apple dropped all support for PowerPC about a half a decade ago and with OS X Lion completely dropped running PowerPC applications..
Starting with OS X Snow Leopard, you need an Intel-based Mac to get that update. Since then, we've had Lion and Mountain Lion. So The PowerPCs at Leopard are sufficiently back there in time and new applications are focusing purely on the newer versions of OS X and Intel-based Macs..
So essentially, what you are seeing a lack of support from current and near future applications dramatically reducing the longevity of the PowerPC based Macs and thus the cheaper price.
If you already had the PowerPC-based Mac, you can find ways of extending it's life by finding old versions of applications and so on, but if you are looking to purchase a Mac, then your best bet is to stick with the Intel-based one and find the NEWEST one you can find based on your budget..
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