Originally Posted by TBaggins
I honestly don't know when I'll be upgrading. I know I won't be paying Job's ridiculous price of $2000 for a 15" notebook, so I could be waiting a looooong time.
And Mel, I understand you're trying very hard to put a happy face on it, but fact is, Apple used to let you upgrade the OS on your Mac for many years after you bought your machine, and that was a nice edge Macs had over PCs. But not so much now, regardless the reason, and it is indeed a bummer, whether or not you believe I 'need' Leopard or not.
Like I said, I won't be advocating Macs over PCs to friends/family based on longevity anymore. Three years is simply too short a period of time to be shut out of Leopard... end of story.
So much NOT "End of story". Either you're not reading my posts thoroughly, or you have your mind made up.
Are your friends and family high end power users that need the top model Mac Pro?
If not, then you can sit back, the three year life doesn't apply. I thought I made that pretty clear.
Also, you're confusing the concept of getting the latest upgrade, which, after all, is NOT a new OS, merely an upgrade.
That doesn't lessen the value of the machines that are available. Most new programs will work just fine on them, as few developers write their programs to only work on the latest release, but usually at least the one before as well. This means that machines five, six, and possibly even seven years ago, will work.
As you're not talking about pro apps here as I was, there's no problem. And, as I said, there is a way of getting the OS on older machines, as long as you are willing to put up with slower performance, which has ALWAYS been true for New OS upgrades on machines that were five years old, or used an older chip. Nothing new here.
The last upgrade closed out a lot of machines as well, and that was two and a half years ago.
Macs are still far more viable than PC's of the same age. That hasn't changed either.
You are comparing it to Vista Aero, which obsoleted machines bought just a year earlier, if they weren't high end machines when bought. This isn't a fair comparison then, as we're talking about Mac machines for home use that are about five years old.
If you want to buy the cheapest Home version of Vista without the Aero GUI, then a machine bought three years ago MAY work.
But the full version of 10.5, the only version available, will work in full GUI mode on that five year old machine.
So, where's the lack of longevity? Compared to what? Mainframes?