End of Innovation for PPC-Based Macs?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by clayj, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. clayj macrumors 604

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    So today we saw the launch of the Intel-based Mac mini... complete with new software such as Front Row with Bonjour. Now, obviously we should not expect ANY more PPC-based machines from Apple... but there is a huge installed base of PPC-based iMacs, PowerBooks, iBooks, Mac minis, and Power Macs out there, and they don't stop working just because of the new Intel-based machines.

    My question is this: Is Apple going to bother releasing/selling software such as Front Row for older machines, which are perfectly capable of running it? Or are they going to use the new features as a lever to convince people to buy new hardware? I'd like to be able to run Front Row on my PowerBook and my two Mac minis, and I'd even pay to be able to do it legitimately.

    I'm just a bit concerned that Apple is only paying lip service to the concept of continuing to support older hardware.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    FrontRow will only ever be supported on machines that have Apple Remotes and shipped with FrontRow. This includes the last PPC iMacs.
     
  3. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Well, with reference to Front Row, there is a hack-of-sorts allowing it to run on machines it didn't originally come bundled with. I am not sure how "legitimate" this is to you.

    I have it running on my G5 iMac, being the revision right before it's integration. It is activated through Keystroke and since I have a wireless keyboard and mouse, it only slightly less elegant than using a IR-based remote.

    As for the larger picture, there was a G5 based iMac with FR, so PPC should be continued to be supported if only not to exclude that model.

    Don't have a link for the "hack". I am sure someone will point you in that direction, if you didn't know about it already.

    Hope I was helpful...
     
  4. clayj thread starter macrumors 604

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    But surely Apple COULD develop and sell a package which includes the FrontRow software, a USB IR remote receiver, and an Apple Remote. There is nothing stopping them from doing this if they want to.
     
  5. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    Daystar offers 2 MHZ G4 processor upgrades for AL Powerbooks. That'll keep the power in Powerbook for some time.
     
  6. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Wow how slow were they before? 2 mhz :)

    Yes apple has lost interest in PPC i'm afraid. Stupid they sell the remote and the apple dock but still don't want people with ppc to have frontrow.. :mad:
     
  7. blackfox macrumors 65816

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    Evidently, you can control FR w/ either SailingClicker or Romeo, using bluetooth (and your phone) instead of Apple's remote and IR.

    You could do this on any mac, officially supported or not (with the hack). This opens up some interesting possibilities if, like me you have various vintages of macs scattered around the house and want to use the new features of FR2 (w/bonjour)

    FWIW
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    While you can get the hack to work (it's trivially easy to do so), I completely agree that an Apple-supported package with remote, receiver, and official FrontRow CD would likely be well received. They could price it at, say $50, and it would sell well.
     
  9. arcobb macrumors regular

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    Why oh why... is apple usng IR on any of their macs... when we have Bluetooth? :confused:
     
  10. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    It will have dramatically cut down the production cost of the remotes themselves, and of other compatible devices like the universal dock and the new speakers.
     
  11. jadekitty24 macrumors 65816

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    I sincerely hope that this isn't the direction Apple is going. They are pretty well known for supporting older systems, well, at least a bit better than its PC counterparts, at least in my opinion. I can only hope that the computer I now own (ppc) will be as seriously regarded by Apple as the latest and greatest. I'm no less a customer than a person who has bought an Apple machine for the first time.
     
  12. me_94501 macrumors 65816

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    <guess class="educated">We can probably expect PPC support for about as long as Apple has supported OS X on older machines. I'd say about five-six years; three to four at the least.</guess>
     

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