Triumph: They won't let anything get in their way of developing the Dick Tracy wristwatch.
Makh: If it's faster and more powerful, I don't care who makes it.
Fark Me To Tears: So... you're like a... cyber-whore?
unyon: My concern with this is compatibility
SVenus: Enjoy the Apple Tax
dameron: Good farking luck with that.
qsblues: Great. Now my next Mac won't work with even more software. I'm seriously contemplating switching to a PC if they pull this shiat again.
xanadian: Jesus, don't go AMD, Apple... :P
Bedurndurn: Good. Once they've got a monopoly on the CPU nobody will be able to realize that they're paying Apple more than 2x as the same hardware costs from anyone else on the planet.
Fubini: They could go with in-house chips, but I'm betting that their tech is nowhere close to what Intel produces these days for high-performance CPUs. Unless they're totally content with forsaking the high performance computer market (i.e. their Pro models) they're not going to totally switch away from Intel, because Intel has decades of experience making high-performance chips. For sequentially threaded execution they blow everyone else out of the water.There's also a fundamental contradiction between "thin and light" and "high performance." More performance means more power, and more power means hotter, more cooling, and more battery. All that given, I'm pretty sure that Apple does want to get out of the computing market, and move totally into their iGadgets market for casual computing.
Fubini: There's also a fundamental contradiction between "thin and light" and "high performance."
dready zim: Too many people are making do with old computers and won`t upgrade because their old computer works fine for their needs. What you need to do is completely change the hardware to force people to upgrade just to use pretty much the same software to retain compatibility with people they work with...
farker99: A lot of people like the current Apple hardware because it can triple-play (MacOS/Windows/Linux) on the same box. This means I can buy a single box and develop cross platform software without rebooting, just run a VM with the correct OS.
Ed Grubermann: Bedurndurn: Good. Once they've got a monopoly on the CPU nobody will be able to realize that they're paying Apple more than 2x as the same hardware costs from anyone else on the planet.Have you seen the markup on the Surface tablet? Apple wishes they could get those margins.
Skyfrog: Apple went to shiat when Steve Jobs left the first time,I guess history is repeating itself (except they can't get him back to save them this time).
Gordon Bennett: In 1991 the company abandoned backwards-compatibility by introducing System 7.Is this right? I was using an Amiga at the time so I can't be absolutely certain but I don't recall there being any major issues with backwards compatibility under System 7. Additionally I'm certain that the PPC based Macs could run 680x0 software perfectly well. The only time I can think of them abandoning the older software was with the Intel processors' inability to run OS9 alongside OSX.
WhippingBoy: I was finally going to take the plunge and plunk down some big $ for a Macbook Pro... Not sure if I want to buy something that will be completely obsolete next year...
Abe Vigoda's Ghost: WhippingBoy: I was finally going to take the plunge and plunk down some big $ for a Macbook Pro... Not sure if I want to buy something that will be completely obsolete next year...Another source I read said that any change would not take place for at least 4 years.
Great_Milenko: Apple despises anything that's compatible with the outside world.
AlphaG33k: Because we all know what happens when you ditch x86/32/64 compatibility.Macs have such a HUGE gammut of software available, as long as you are doing:-Audio Editing-Video Editing-Word Processing-Multimedia CreationIf your usage scenario is not here, good luck. Notice how "gaming" and "general purpose computing" don't fall into those categories?
Handsome B. Wonderful: Yeah good luck with that Apple.
jso2897: Handsome B. Wonderful: Yeah good luck with that Apple.Yes - it would be reasonable to presume that this is a very lucky strategy for Apple. Every step they have taken away from being a computer maker and toward being a toymaker has tripled their profits.
fluffy2097: Who is going to deal with a customer who sues their suppliers for billions of dollars?
spiralscratch: I think that System 7 may have been the first Mac OS release that wasn't compatible with every Mac that had been introduced. That's probably what they're referring to. PPC Macs could run 680x0 apps just fine (mostly), but the first PPC release wasn't until 7.1.2 (the first worthwhile PPC release was 7.5).
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