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Power Mac - Will PowerPCs become redundant?


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I'm a little concerned that my G5 powerpc in the future will become completely redundant, not even an old work horse, but completely useless. Because more and more I'm seeing stuff being only available for Intel macs eg Adobe After Effects CS4 is no longer compatible for powerpc's.

In the future will software only be available for intel macs? Should I bite the bullet and sell my powerpc before its worth plummets to $0? What are ur thoughts?
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Yeah, unfortunately thats the way it's going. PowerPC is going to gradually lose support from developers until it is a completely defunct platform. You might have a couple years at best, but then there won't be any new software available, and it will sadly fade into obscurity.

In my opinion, yes, sell now while it has some value, and invest in an intel Mac.
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^ Absolutely!

But I would like to add is that does one require the latest softwares, always? There are time when you need to compromise, at least one should learn to. So if thats the case, you may very well live with it.

Nevertheless, the logical decision would be to sell it. Still, someone's gonna have the same fate.

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I'm a little concerned that my G5 powerpc in the future will become completely redundant,
First of all...I think that the proper word your looking for is "obsolete"...not redundant.

As far as your question...What the heck do you think has been going on for years & years ever since personal computers were introduced back in the late 1970's.

Eventually all computers become from a ...usability standpoint "obsolete"!

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NASA plans to still use them. Power PC chips
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They will keep going for years yet. Holy cow some folk are still using OS 9 and yet to progress to OS X!
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I'd sell it soon. PowerPC will be going defunct, and you will need to go Intel at some point.

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Holy cow some folk are still using OS 9 and yet to progress to OS X!
Yes, but some people drive around in Ladas. They still get you from A to B, but would you want one?
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Sometimes using an older computer and experiencing its speed or lack of; makes you appreciate how fast newer computers are! It kinda puts things into perspective
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As long as the developers build Universal Binaries, PPC machines should remain useful for some time to come. That's exactly why Apple built the framework for UB. If developers opt not to compile that way, they've just opted out of a big segment of a relatively small market. To me that seems shortsighted. Now, if you're a game developer whose product can tax every facet of a modern computer, that might be more reasonable. But I would say that most mainstream application vendors will probably develop Universal apps for some time to come.

In short, if you're the kind of person who needs to be on the bleeding edge, then it's past time to upgrade. If you're content to use older technology, there's no reason to jump ship unless one or more of your favorite applications comes out in a new Intel-only version and you simply must have the new features that accompany it.

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I'd sell it soon. PowerPC will be going defunct, and you will need to go Intel at some point.
I'm sure that one day the PPC architecture will no longer be viable.
That day however, is a still a long way off.
Mine are still going strong, with no sign of failure on the horizon.
Will I ever get an Intel machine?... probably, but not because I 'need' to go Intel or have a burning desire to 'go Intel'.
I would get one because I am in the market for a brand-new computer and Apple simply doesn't sell PPC any longer.

I still have a PS2... heck I still have an original Atari 2600. Sure, there are PS3's out there and XBox 360's. Yet, if the PS2 and Atari still work for me and entertain my desire to play video games, then I have no need for a PS3, Wii, or any other new-fangled game console.
The older consoles are just that... older.
They aren't defunct or obsolete as they still being used and enjoyed.


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Yes, but some people drive around in Ladas. They still get you from A to B, but would you want one?
I dunno, they seem okay to me
Even the generic looking ones don't seem that bad.

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I'd sell it soon. PowerPC will be going defunct, and you will need to go Intel at some point.



Yes, but some people drive around in Ladas. They still get you from A to B, but would you want one?
Don't know what a Lada is!
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I willing to admit I didn't know what a Lada was when it was first mentioned in this thread.

But guess what...I used "Google" (as everyone should when they have a question about something)...and found out that a "Lada" is the brand name for an export only Russian made car.

Of course "Lada" could stand for something else...and if so, please explain!

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...an awful russian car. in fact, Top Gear just gave an episode about Commie cars...lol
And back to the point of this thread:
I have been thinking the same thing for quite some time. I have an iMac G4, which, when compared to an intel, is hopelessly slow, and they are now starting to make programs that dont work on PPC. Take Apple themselves for an example with their iLife suite in which iMovie only works on intel and i believe G5, but it is the basic idea of PowerPC going obsolete.
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Don't know what a Lada is!
There were two links to what a Lada is in my post:

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I dunno, they seem okay to me
Even the generic looking ones don't seem that bad.

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There were two links to what a Lada is in my post:
Sorry about that...I guess I missed the links in your earlier post!

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