From iBook to MacBook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Hobbit, May 19, 2006.

  1. Hobbit macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Hello everyone,

    I appologise if my question has been asked before..i couldn't find it in the forum.

    I'm thinking of selling my iBook to buy the new more powerful there anything i need to be aware of before i make this move? Will i be able to install my current G4-processor programmes (such as Microsoft Office for Mac) on the MacBook?

    Your advice is most appreciated..Thank you.
  2. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816


    Dec 24, 2005
    You will be using G4 apps on an emulation layer called Rosetta. It will run your apps slower, although many (including Office) run fine. Most apps are working their way to become a Universal Binary, where they will be able to run at native speeds on Intel.

  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    You can run PPC apps from your G4, but not anything that needs Classic. You will want to add more RAM to the MB to improve Rosetta (the PPC emulator) performance.

  4. kugino macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2003
    yes, some rosetta apps like microsoft office will run slower than they would if they were a UB...but they may run faster than your current ibook! some have argued that on a dual 2.0 intel mac (like the imac), rosetta is comparable to a 1.33 G4...i don't know if that's true or not, but it's close. office on my intel imac is just as fast, if not faster, than on my ibook 1GHz...
  5. Hobbit thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Thanks for the replies.

    one more question, does anyone know if the Macbook has heat problems like the macbook pro?
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    There seems to be some reports of it running warmly, but not to the degree of the MacBook Pro. But truthfully, any laptop is going to run warm at times- my iBook G4 sure does. :)
  7. macanudo macrumors regular


    May 9, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    Just to let you know, the firmware update to the MBP has significantly decreased the heat of the unit. Althought it still gets hot when doing processing-intensive tasks, it doesn't get nearly as hot as before installing the update.

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