What about when rosetta ends?

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  1. Sweener88 macrumors 6502

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    Whats going to happen when apple no longer needs rosetta? will there be an update for all the people that just bought intel macs ( im about too) so they too run natively?
     
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  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Not quite sure what you're getting at here. :eek:

    If we take Classic as an example, Apple has a pretty good history of not phasing out this sort of thing until most people don't need it anymore.
     
  4. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    No reason to worry about Rosetta dissapearing. It'll be so far back in history then that it won't matter any more.
     
  5. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    Rosetta will be around until the PPC's disappear...

    On another note, mad jew, I cannot stop laughing about your avatar....
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    True, even after the last PPC Mac has been sold, it will be years later until Rosetta is no more. As Mad Jew pointed out, take Classic for example. :)

    Same here, it is quite amusing! :D
     
  7. eAspenwood macrumors member

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    confused on your question.

    I don't see intel macs being at risk of being left out in the cold in the future. All mac software (those still in business) will move over to Univeral Binaries over the next few years. Rosetta will be less and less needed.

    As the intel macs replace ppc's out in the world, software companies will be more focused on intel mac, and less incentivized to thoroughly test and support PPC macs.

    This I think would beging to happen over the next 3-5 years.

    So I would be more concerned if I had just bought a PPC mac.

    -- J.
     
  8. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    as a side note, i still use classic on a regular basis.

    and osx came out in what, 2001?

    5 years. in 5 years there will still be alot of UB's, rosetta will still exist, and there will still be the occasional oddball program that you actually still have to use in rosetta
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, pretty cool. It's the brainchild of our very own gekko513. :)
     
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    Will universal binanries stop being made ever, and will programmers just start making their software only to run on the intel macs?
     
  11. plinkoman macrumors 65816

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    yes, eventually.
     
  12. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Yup, same way that most Windows programs won't run on 486's or early or even not-so-early pentiums, we will all have to move on eventually.

    I expect the UB will be around for a fair while yet, there's just such a huge install base of PPC Mac users around the world that need and will pay for software so companies will keep making it for them until it's no longer feasible.

    I fully expect Apple to drop G3 support for 10.5, turning the G4 into today's G3 - it works but things are so much cooler on G5's and Intel Macs. G4 support will probably go with 10.6 (not too sure on that though unless 10.6 is a long ways off. The G4 was the best portable processor Apple had until just 3 or 4 months ago so it could stick around for a while, you'll just need a quick one, 1GHz+) and PPC altogether with 10.7 or 10.8. Mind you, with a release period getting longer and longer that could be 6 or 7 years off. Perhaps PPC will die with OS XI??

    You'll be fine for a long while yet I suspect, at least until it's time to buy a new computer by when all Macs will be well and truly into their Intel-based lives.

    I can't wait to see what 5 years will bring.
     

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