Anyway of getting App Store on powerbook G4?

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  1. markymark87uk macrumors newbie

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    I've always had a windows pc or laptop and I wanted to know if a mac was for me without spending £1000+ so I bought an old aluminum powerbook G4 running 1gb of ram on Leopard 10.5. I've now seen advertisments about the macstore and as far as I can see you need to have snow leopard to use it. The problem I have is that snow leopard wont run on a G4 because it doesnt have an intel processor.

    So am I right in saying that it is impossible for me to get the app store without upgrading the laptop? Is there any backroad where you can download it from or is it possible to update the processor to an intel (not me but a professional store)?

    Sorry but im a novice when it comes to macs.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You can't upgrade the processor of a PPC to an Intel; it requires a complete logic board change plus other stuff.

    The App store is 10.6 only; I don't even think it has the PPC code.
     
  3. junk macrumors newbie

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    Nope.
    The G4 is a great machine though. Hang onto it as long as it still does what you need it to do.
     
  4. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    old-wiz is correct, you won't have any luck with the App Store and your G4. There are several reasons why, first, the store is an Intel based application and the G4 is a PowerPC processor, the code is incompatible. IF you could find an emulator to get the AppStore to work on the G4; everything in the AppStore is for Intel, thus you'd have to figure out how to get it to work (assuming with the same emulator) but that would be difficult, incompatible and damn slow.

    Unfortunately, to experience Mac, you should have really picked up an early Core2duo; that would give you the oldest processor that is supported today. Apple has, several times now, changed processors on their main product lines, and they aren't afraid to leave old technology behind. From an engineering point of view, I see the wisdom in this, it really does push things forward. From a consumer point of view, you want your stuff to be compatible forever . . . but that really is silly.

    I'd sell the G4, pick up a MB with a Core2Duo and move forward with life. Sorry for the bad news.
     
  5. junk macrumors newbie

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    I disagree - to experience the App Store you need an intel, the G4 running Leopard is still a very viable machine for many people (email, browsing, word processing, anything not needing a lot of processor heavy lifting).
    I'd wait till you find something you can't do on your G4, then get an intel - by then they will be faster and cheaper.
     
  6. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030

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    He did, he wants the AppStore. Not about the viability of a G4, I think it's a fine machine, but he wants the AppStore, so he doesn't have a lot of choice.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    my wife uses an iBook G4 as a secondary computer for web surfing and e-mail and it's just fine for what she uses it for.
     
  8. junk macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I hear that, but, besides curiosity, what does he want the app store for? I mean, the app store is only any good for, erm, buying apps. So my advice is suck it up until there is an app, not a store, that he needs that requires intel. But whatever, I guess the op might be suffering a store fetish. Or something.
     
  9. urbanrave macrumors newbie

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    Hello, i own a PowerBook G4 too and a Macbook white but the screen is ******* i need a new screen, but anyway there is an app called Bodega
    and i use it on my PowerBook, there u can download apps and buy apps to the powerbook its like app store, u should trye it

    http://appbodega.com/
     
  10. kec72291 macrumors newbie

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    I am having the same issue. I have a mac powerbook g4. Is there any way to get imovie on it?
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    You will have to locate an iLife disc and install iMovie from the disc.
     

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