intel apps on ppc

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by rm19, Jan 3, 2011.

  1. rm19 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    is it possible to run intel apps on a powerpc through some magical way or a way to get around the giant X through an incompatible program on a ppc?
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    Virtual PC worked ok for lightweight Windows apps. When I last used it for some amateur radio logging apps, I ran Win2k.
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    there was virtualPC, however if you're talking intel Mac apps, you're sadly SOL.
  4. rm19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    powerpcs are dieing and its kinda sad cause new mac cost alot man.
  5. hayduke macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2005
    is a state of mind.
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    Technology moves on. Apple can't support everything forever.
  7. itickings macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    I'd rather classify them as zombies more precisely, they are still ticking around, aren't they?

    Apple supported PPC long enough after the transition I think. It is a business decision after all, and my Mini would probably've choked on a more recent release than Leopard anyway. Not to say that it isn't horribly annoying with several interesting third-party applications only supporting Intel, 'cause it totally is...
  8. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    My wife quite happily uses an iBook G4 for web browsing and e-mail. She's watching a youtube video right now.
  9. Biolizard macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    I've got a Mini happily doing some Distributed Computing on the BOINC platform for World Community Grid.
  10. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    its just some apps from adobe for example ,photoshop cs5 needs on a windows pc just a pentium 4 which is a single core processor and windows xp service pack 3 , so it just needs a computer from 10 years ago ,not saying it will fly under that hardware , but it can be installed,

    but it needs a intel multicore processor under OSX and at least 10.5.7 ,
    so it will run on a hackintoshed netbook with 1,66 ghz atom processor with 1 gb ram , but it will not on a PowerMac G5 quad 2.5 ghz with 16gb ram from 2006

    and no it was not the software industries decision to abandon ppc it was Apples decision to declare the PPC architecture as useless for modern computing
  11. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    Most of the computer running PPC are relatively useless for using as main computer because they are getting dated. But they can still be used for a specific purpose like a server or file storage if someone would want to keep one. Don't get me wrong I love my old macs but yet again they are old and 5-6 years ago the newest one came out and 5 years is a long time in the electronics industry.
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    ilove my old Mac's too , its the design that i really love , for me even a eMac is just a beauty and a iMac G4 is a peace of art and the iMac G3 make you smile whenever you look at them , even the early intel iMac in this nice white casing make you feel happy , the modern grey/ black cases make me feel sad
    and i came to the point now where i say why should i care about modern software , its not worth spending money for something that that only runs on hardware that makes you sad :(
  13. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    Thats exactly how I feel about it. PowerPC is quite capable of running the software thats out today. I'm using my Powermac instead of my MacBook Pro as my primary setup and I don't feel like I'm missing any performance at all. Why so many developers have decided to start coding Intel only software instead of Universal is crap. While I don't think its necessary to support legacy hardware forever, why the heck does the Pentium 4 see more love than the G4 and G5 which are far superior. Windows XP is a decade old and for some reason Adobe doesn't have a problem supporting that old ****.
  14. rm19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    powerpc is amazing and very durable but people are moving on and ppc is dead. i myself are a contributor, i got a new mac(as a gift) and i dont use my ppc anymore because of various problems, but if not for those problems i would use it all the time.
  15. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    I guess you consider all the 3 big current game consoles dead also then. They are all PowerPC powered.

    Dead at Apple yes.. not the rest of the world.
  16. zen.state macrumors 68020


    Mar 13, 2005
    What are you trying to do with these intel apps you want to run? Tell us and we can give you PowerPC alternatives.
  17. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
    Its amazing how extremely ignorant people (you) can be in such a "modern" world.
  18. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2011
    Somewhere in Cyberspace
    PPC, Dead?

    "The news of my death have been greatly exaggerated" - so goes the old Mark Twain quote, and the same can be said for PowerPC. As My mac pro sleeps at nite, I am typing this right now on my G4 1.67 Hi-Res PowerBook.. So long as a PowerPC mac can do what you want it to do, despite what Apple says, it will never by obsolete.

    Remember that! With that said, the return of my G5 Quad is happening! It just got shipped out today.. Feast your eyes on this setup:

    Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5 Ghz 4x2 PowerPC G5
    250 and 500 GB SATA II Hard drives
    256MB ATI Radeon x1900
    4GB memory, for now
    fast 22x super drive

    This machine will be used as my everyday desktop machine, closely networked as a file server with my mac pro to host files for all my systems.

    PowerPC dead? I think not.. Intel and PPC should be friends, not enemies.

    We have one father: Apple, but Apple said to PowerPC - "You are old enough, my son, Go out into the world and let your younger brother Intel stay with us"..

    Thats how I see PowerPC now.. Its on its own, where as the younger brother, Intel is being raised.
  19. rm19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    i agree with Joshuarocks, ALL APPS SHOULD BE MADE UNIVERSAL SO PEOPLE DONT NEED TO KEEP UPGRADING................but then again, its business for apple, by making intel only apps, in a way they force people to upgrade which = $$$$$$ for them.
  20. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    There is a lot more to applications than universal binaries. If an app is written for snow leopard and uses snow leopard specific APIs, then a universal binary would be useless as it would not run on a ppc machine. The APIs can change quite a bit between releases of the OS, and apps written for version xx.Y are not guaranteed to run on xx.Y-1.
  21. rm19 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2011
    yeah in a sense its a business trick for them again. Create OS specific apps --> Ppl will have to upgrade if they want those --> people buy it --> $$$$$$ for apple.

    But i do agree with you, thats very true!!
  22. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    Huh? In some cases, things only work on Intel machines. It's not as simple as there just being a button that needs to be pressed to make a PowerPC application...

    PowerPC processors work very differently. For math heavy applications (and games), there are very sound reasons why it may be very difficult to make a PowerPC version.

    It's not just a business decision.

    In addition, Apple's developer tools no longer work with PowerPC. This is not actually a business decision. The licensing changed on the existing compiler and they had to drop it.
  23. josemedeiros007 macrumors newbie

    Feb 20, 2015
    San Jose, California
    Yes, you can, some one wrote an emulator to do that.
    " Qemu-Darwin-user allows Mac OS X/Intel Applications to run on Mac OS X/PowerPC. It's conceptually similar to doing the opposite of Rosetta and was therefore referred to as "Attesor". "

    I just found this in a Google search.
    Running Intel Mac applications on PowerPC Mac"
    I learned a long time ago working in IT for IBM, Intel, LSi Logic, etc, that just about any thing can be done in the software with in reason, as long as you have people with the talent dedicated to making it happen.
  24. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2015
    Rochester, MN
    they actually could they just CHOOSE not to. Just like MS didn't have to end support for Windows 2000 or XP they CHOSE to.
  25. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    Hmmm, if legit, further development of this could make it a very useful tool.

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