- Mar 30, 2005
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Maybe not. Microsoft has been working on a Windows version that will run on ARM computers. They already have one experiment that works somewhat.
It's too early to be alarmist about such things. I'm sure that Apple wouldn't make the move unless all of their bases were covered.
That will mean keeping an Intel machine around as long as you need to run Parallels. Apple has already announced that Rosetta 2 on an ARM does not support virtual software (Parallels, VMWare, VirtualBox). As far as any time line guess goes, we can look back at what Apple did when going from PPC to Intel. Within 3 years from the changeover, Apple no longer supported PPC machines and Rosetta died when Lion was announced.I will be using Parallel to run Windows 10 and hopefully Tim Cook keeps his promise to support Intel processors for several years - which could mean 2 to 3 years?
What is this time frame you are referring to?Within 3 years from the changeover, Apple no longer supported PPC machines and Rosetta died when Lion was announced.
One has to define what "support" means. Snow Leopard didn't run on PPC Macs. But I have a Mac running Snow Leopard right here next to me. It does support PPC applications. Apple didn't suddenly deprecate all things PPC. And the release of Snow Leopard didn't mean that Apple stopped putting out security updates for PPC Macs running older versions of the Mac OS. Nor did Apple stop taking in PPC Macs for repair contemporaneously, nor did they stop selling parts for PPC Macs at that time. Third parties mostly made all of their software so that it would work on both PPC and Intel for at least 5 years.Snow Leopard was released in 2009 and that ended PPC support.