.. what about the G4?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by coolocity, Jun 25, 2003.

  1. coolocity macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2002
    Central New York
    I know Apple said that the G5 will be able to support all 32 bit apps.. but what about the 64 bit apps? Since they are going to be selling 32 and 64 bit machines, do you think apple will slowly stop producing software optimized for the G4?
  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: .. what about the G4?

    Not every application will benefit by being recompiled in 64 bit mode. The applications that won't benefit can be compiled in 32 mode only until some processor comes along that doesn't support 32 bit applications.

    Applications that run better in 64 bit mode will come in two categories. Ones that have botha 32 bit and 64 bit binary available. And those that may only come out 64 bit. I expect applications to have both binaries available for a couple of years at least. Although with any luck, they'll keep both 32 bit and 64 bit binaries for a few years.

    Also, a 64 bit application by its very nature takes up more memory, so if the 64 bit version doesn't gain any performance, sticking with the 32 bit version might get one better overall system performance.

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