Originally Posted by solipsism Scenerio 0x00...
I think they will be dropping 32-bit Intel AND PPC from Snow Leopard, but it won't be the last version of OS X to support those architectures. If we call SL 10.6, I think there will be a 10.7, say, Lion and a 10.8 Mountain LIon. Lion, like Leopard, will support PPC and 32-bit to allow for at least 4 years of support between compatible OSes. Lion will be the last OS X version to support 32-bit Intel and PPC.
Those that are still using non-64bit x86 machines will still be using Leopard just fine and still receive updates as usual, but all NEW Macs will come with the streamlines OS and those with modern Macs will be able to purchase the OS if they choose to.Scenerio 0x01...
Apple does kill PPC and 32-bit Intel support with Snow Leopard and offer a newer version for older systems. Instead it extended the life of Leopard as a viable and modern OS by supplying point updates for longer than usual to make sure they support these aging machines. For example, Apple may take Leopard to 4 years old with 10.5.18, which would include new feature sets from Snow Leopard.
I see no reason why they would cut 32 bit support.
If fact, they CAN'T cut 32 bit support.
First of all, 32 bit costs OS X no loss in performance, so there is nothing to gain there. The code is also clean, so no problem there either.
Then there are the problems in doing it.
The first generation Intel machines would also be left out, as Yonah is 32 bit. Not good!
Secondly, and most importantly, Apple will be cutting out Office and Adobe's programs. Really not good!
How many other programs are 32 bit? I bet most of them are, and will continue to be.
These developers would be rightfully pissed if they had to redo their programs again. They also won't be happy being told that they must work with an old OS.
This is some time in the future.