when will the 2009 be obsolete?

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  1. sparkie1984 macrumors 68000

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    Hi all,

    I was thinking today how long will it be until apple precludes the 2009 Mac Pro from the latest software updates, I think i am right in saying the 2008 was obsoleted this year so logically the 2009 next year?

    any thoughts?
     
  2. Zorn macrumors 6502a

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    No one knows at this point, but El Cap was compatible with all Macs that were compatible with Yosemite, so the 3,1 is still supported. It will be something of a tricky situation with the 2009 MP, particularly ones that were "upgraded" to 5,1s, as technically the 5,1 designation machine was the top of the line Mac Pro up until late 2012.
     
  3. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    You can use your Mac Pro with (random example) Mavericks, Office 2011, and Creative Suite CS6 for as long as you live if it doesn't break and if you don't need that machine to have compatability wth future file and web standards (you can buy an extra machine for that). Shouldn't let a corporation convince you something they sold you is obsolete just because they want to nudge you to spend more money. People still shoot with 60 year old cameras and use 80 years old music instruments. If you are creative you can do great things with any tools.
     
  4. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sorry to be clear I know it won't stop working. I meant when will it stop receiving the latest OS X releases
     
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    If the past is anything to go by (and it usually is) the 2009 Mac Pro will be difficult for Apple to shove out of the nest.

    There is only one Mac from 2006 that can easily run latest OS with full support for handoff, metal, etc. and that is Mac Pro because you can replace GPU and WiFi and BT cards.

    In fact it is quite likely that 2009 will still be running latest OS after the 6,1 is stuck in some older deprecated OS for this very reason.
     
  7. neomorpheus macrumors member

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    Well, my Renesas/NEC card stopped working with El Capitan, even though it worked great with the LaCie USB 3 drivers on my previous OSX installs on my cMP 4.1.

    So, the cMP wont be the limiting factor, but El Capitan could be.
     
  8. sparkie1984 thread starter macrumors 68000

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  9. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    It just means that Apple won't repair it for you. Given that the 2009, 2010 and 2012 machines are more or less identical it's going to be many more years before they stop supporting the machine on the software front.
     
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    People can also still boot up their Apple II systems and continue to use AppleWorks.
     
  11. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    New versions of Operating Systems can break drivers. This is a pretty common occurrence. The burden lies on LaCie to release an update.
     
  12. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    That's a little different. My 2008 MacBook lost support from the physical repair perspective several years ago but El Capitan still works with it and can be downloaded directly from the App Store without having to jump through any hoops to install.
     
  13. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

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    Can't imagine it'll be any time soon.

    The 2009 is very similar to the 2010. They're not going to EOL the 2010 anytime soon. They're both full 64-bit compatible machines, and they run fairly standard hardware. From what I've heard from Apple internally, XNU isn't changing that much anymore so the driver interface for OS X is relatively stable at the moment. That being said, it doesn't take them much effort to maintain the existing kernel extensions for these machines, so there's no real reason why they would drop support for them.

    Personally, I'm still running 10.8.5 on my 2010. Works fine, does everything I need it to. I don't really care if it's not getting updates anymore, because my home network is firewalled and I'm reasonably careful on the internet plus I have backups (and backups of backups).

    I guess what I'm trying to say is that you probably don't need to be running the latest software to have a useful machine. Apple would, of course, like you to believe otherwise, because that's what makes them so profitable. Life does get exceptionally simple once you put your foot down and decide that you're happy with what you've got (assuming it does everything you need it to, which my machine does).

    -SC
     
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    Off Topic:
    Is this correct from your signature: 5970 GPU ?
     
  15. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a

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    2012 + 7= 2019

    Windows 7 support ends 2020

    You start smelling burning sulfur.
     
  16. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

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    Whoops, never noticed that before.

    When I wrote that signature I meant the ATI 5870, which was the card my machine shipped with. That's sitting in my closet now, I've been running an eVGA 680 GTX Mac Edition for a couple of years.

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