Originally Posted by BlastoiseBlue
Having actually considered an iPad in my search for a temporary laptop replacement, I'd say there's still a place for the PowerPC Macs, but it's a niche market. Do I wish I had bought the iPad? No. Most of my favorite Mac designs are native to the PowerPC years, and even if my iBook G3 (Dual USB) is laggy and takes forever to start up, and the ancient OS X 10.1.5 has very few compatible applications and won't run Facebook or Youtube, I'm glad I bought it. (Though I would have much preferred a G4, or better yet a Blueberry or Tangerine clamshell.)
In my opinion, fans of older Macs will continue to buy the iBooks and iMacs. Maybe fewer people will buy them and prices will go down for a while before they turn into legit antiques and join the ranks of Apple IIs and Color Classics. This would be a good thing for me, as I still want to collect one of every color. :P
I was in the exact same situation when I bought my Clamshell
. I'm not sure the later PowerPC's or any of the Intels will become antiques, though, because more people have started picking up Apples by then. It's true that they can do anything that they could when they were first made, obviously, but people want to do more with their technology, so it eventually makes an upgrade necessary (Also obvious). I, personally, don't really care for the changes in a lot of it, so I'm fine with using older technology, so I guess I might be a niche user. Actually, I was surprised Apple didn't package OS 9 with early versions of OS X, since OS X was really meant to be used along OS 9 a lot due to compatibility issues, etc.
Originally Posted by Cassie
Maybe someday I'll get a tablet, but for now PPC does everything I need and more, no reason to spend good money on something I don't need. And I like the keyboard/mouse(touchpad) interface much better; touchscreens are nice for navigating and whatnot I suppose, but they can become a bit cumbersome after a while, and don't even get me started on how much I despise virtual keyboards.
People buy tablets to mess around on the web and play games, and that's perfectly understandable. (I actually wouldn't mind having an HP Touchpad if I could, just to see what's supposedly so much better about tablets) I personally really only do light web browsing, maybe some medium-sized file downloading tops. Heck, I'm making this very post from a clamshell iBook running OS 9, there really isn't much I need power for.
But, I can't say I would recommend a PPC for someone needing to do YT/Flash based sites. It'll work, but probably not to their satisfaction, whereas I and many of us know the limitations these machines have and make do. Tablets are the future I suppose, but it's nice that PPC is still around and still very useful if you lower your standards slightly and know how to use them.
I think people who would like to use YouTube and Flash a lot might be fine with a PowerPC actually, but only with Linux due to a couple applications that actually run YouTube pretty well. And Flash is starting to be used a lot less, especially with HTML5. I do not understand some web designers' choices with those kind of things, like wanting to have one of those animated, really laggy things just for using links
, instead of just using an image. I've actually been using the mobile version of Facebook due to all of the changes to it that are completely slowing everything down. And now, even the mobile version is starting to become heavy-weight.