Why aren't any of the Apps Universal Binary?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Joshuarocks, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Joshuarocks macrumors 6502

    Joshuarocks

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    I was browsing the App Store recently and even the most simplest and smallest are INTEL ONLY.. Granted, I know its been like 4-5 years since PowerPC has been dropped, but you would expect that most of the smaller apps on the app store would be UNIVERSAL BINARY? I have the following macs, of which 70 percent of my work is done on my PowerBook G4(everyday computing tasks, while on the mac pro I do my dvd ripping, and some dvd encoding).

    Its a real shame that UB is dying, but you would think the many minor software developers would design some of these apps to work on both Intel and PPC..

    My macs: 2010 6-core Mac Pro(originally was 2009, but bought new boards for it). PowerBook G4 1.67 Hi-Res 17 inch w/PATA SSD. PowerBook G3 Pismo, or "pismo" for my OS 9 nostalgia, and finally a Gateway P-6860fx gaming laptop for my windows needs.

    While I did install windows 7 on my 2009 parts, the 2010 parts I haven't attempted to install windows 7 on due to problems I heard with the newer graphics cards.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The app store is only available in 10.6.6, which only works on Intel anyway, so there's no need for universal binaries.
     
  3. Joshuarocks thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Still doesn't answer the question..
     
  4. yetanotherdave macrumors 68000

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    Yes it does, why support universal binary on a system that is intel only?
     
  5. JoeG4 macrumors 68030

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    Apple isn't going to make money off of PPC mac users - even if they made profits off of universal binaries it just isn't worth it to them I suppose. Too bad. They'd rather see all of the G5s and G4s that are still perfectly usable in landfills.

    Why is beyond me. I refuse to throw away a perfectly good computer. >>

    So yea, no 10.5.x version of the App store, and if you make your app a universal binary apple will not allow it on the app store. Strange I know.
     

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