Percentage of 32-bit users

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  1. henrynw macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    Does anyone know the percentage of Mac users who are still running a 32-bit system, versus 64-bit?

    If anyone has a link to some online survey results, that would be awesome.

    We are building some software and want to know if there's any point in supported 32 bit.

    Thanks.

    Henry
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    Snow Leopard supports 32-bit. why would you drop 32-bit? maybe in a coupla years.
     
  3. portent macrumors 6502a

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  4. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Don't forget about the iPhone it is 32-bit.

    It isn't a Macintosh however it does share a lot of base code with OSX.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Read the article and you'll realize no matter what % are running what, unless 64bit is needed, then 32bit would work fine. Simple logic would also deduce that good number of people are running 64bit macs due to the rapid adoption of Apple computers in the past years. Do the math to figure out what % has what. I can find the data and do a good estimation within an hour or 2.
     
  6. portent macrumors 6502a

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    Absolutely flawless logic. If all you need is a 32-bit space, then naturally all you need is a 32-bit space.

    But it doesn't answer the question.

    Obviously, we only need to know how many Macs were sold in the 32-bit era, how many Macs were sold in the 64-bit era, and then add the numbers up and divide, right? I mean, Apple releases sales numbers every quarter!

    Hmm.

    Wait.

    It seems like Apple's sales numbers aren't broken down by processor, or even model. All we get are "desktops" and "laptops" every quarter.

    Mmmm. And it seems that Apple was selling 32-bit and 64-bit desktops simultaneously from 2003 up until 2007 or so. That's a looooong time.

    And...oh yeah...we don't know how many of the older machines have been replaced, or have broken down. We can't assume that all of those old G4s are still alive and kicking, can we?

    How we are to find the answers we seek?
     
  7. otis123 macrumors 6502a

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    not alot of stuff uses 64bit yet, hell programmers just started taking advantage of multiple cores, hardware is often years ahead of software.
     
  8. DualShock macrumors 6502

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    Unless of course you play Crysis on the PC.
     
  9. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Apple will. It's likely this stat or simliar will be discussed at WWDC if it isn't easily findable.
     
  10. Riverbird macrumors member

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    My Macintosh says I have a Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz. Is this a 32-bit processor or 64-bit?
     
  11. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    Googling
    "Intel Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz. Is this a 32-bit processor or 64-bit?"
    Google says it's 64-bit.

    "The Core 2 brand refers to a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core CPUs based on the Intel Core microarchitecture".
     
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  13. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    What benefit will your customers have if your software is 64 bit? Is that benefit worth reducing the number of potential customers by any percentage? Ask your marketing people how sales will be affected.
     
  14. Riverbird macrumors member

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    Thanks! I remember reading that now... a while back... but I have short term memory loss I guess ><
     
  15. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    The most recent figures for web traffic show that 1/5 of Mac Users have a PowerPC Mac. Those are pre-Intel users.

    Considering that the Intel Core Solo and Core Duo based Macs came out AFTER that and were on sale less than two years ago, there will be many users still using 32 bit.
     
  16. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    Why not make this a poll?

    It'll give you some idea to go from.
     

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