Originally Posted by talksense101
I think it is too early to drop Power PC support. What exactly does the Intel CPU provide that the Power PC doesn't? (leave performance aside). The universal binaries have been working very well for several years now. Is there is a compelling reason to ditch universal binaries?
Yeah, dropping PowerPC seems a bit early!
And the rumour says it won't be a major update, focussing instead on the 64bit Intel platform. Hardly an enticing reason to upgrade unless it's a significant performance jump for 64 bit intel machines.
So, as you say - could there be a compelling reason to upgrade?
Could it be that 10.6 is taking Macs in a new direction, in some way?
If it was, only being available for new Macs would make sense...
Originally Posted by MiMiC
Also, i'd suspect that Apple will include some touch features and possibly voice as the platform is now ready and has the power, which could be why non-Intel machines won't be included. <snip>
I do hope voice is included as this would enable us to work out of reach of our systems, but i imagine that touch in more important to the creative side, so that will be first and foremost.
If Apple was to make a new touch-based OS, then it'd only work on New Macs. Naturally enough, there's no reason to support PowerPC or 32-bit. In fact, no reason to support computers released even in the last 6 months, just computers with multi-touch-based screens.
Originally Posted by solipsism
I am not buying it. Security and stability should be addressed with each point update. Plus, i don't see how Apple can market spending $129 for a new OS that only adds security and stability but rules out all 32-bit and PPC versions of the OS.
If 10.6 is introduced next week I would expect that bells and whistles to be shown to entice the audience. I don't see how Apple—who best attribute is arguably their marketing—would try to sell a new OS that had no new features to lure us.
Yeah. AI compare it to 10.1.... which was a FREE release.
If free then sure people will upgrade... and 10.5 will continue to be fixed and refined too.
If it costs - then once again what new features could lure us in.
* touch screens
* voice control??
* system self-reinstall (I mean - it deletes itself, reinstalls OSX from online, installs your apps from online, and restores documents/music/movies from your TImeMachine, Online backup, Previous Purchases, and iPod syncs
* seamless Xgrid - speed up every computer on your network by sharing processing power.
* user mobility - log in to any Mac and get your own desktop (including documents/apps/music/etc)
And a final thought - is it possible that Apple is toying with the idea of a subscription based OSX combined with .Mac? $10/mth for the OS plus unlimited .Mac usage for online backups and user mobility.