Updated Leopard requirements to exclude 800MHz systems

Just weeks ahead of its public launch, Apple Inc. has updated the minimum system requirements for its next-generation Leopard operating system to exclude 800MHz PowerPC-based Macs, AppleInsider has learned.

IMO, any PowerPC Mac that’s below 1.2 Ghz is unusable with the web. Which why I am forced to have JS and Flash completely disabled on my 867 Mhz G4 Powerbook — otherwise it’s useless. Maybe Apple didn’t want people to have this kind of experience with their Macs and so they decided to not support Leopard with the 800 Mhz systems. On the other hand, I get this slowness with Tiger too, so I don’t think that this was the driving force behind the decision. More over, I heard of people running Leopard on much slower Macs and it worked fine.

Taking all these points into account, it makes me believe that Apple simply wants more of your money, and doesn’t want to spend the engineering time to optimize further Leopard for PowerPCs — let alone asking Adobe to optimize their damned Flash 9 PPC port which brings my Mac to its knees and stops registering clicks after a few seconds (no matter what browser I use).


Ralf. wrote on September 24th, 2007 at 3:12 PM PST:

Every day a lot of crap “news” goes around the mac rumos sites and as long I can not read this on Apples site – I do not believe it.
At the time the 867MHz PowerMac G4 comes out, they still had the “Good”, “Better”, “Best” model range. And at that time the “good” model was a singe CPU PowerMac G4 running at 867 MHz and the “best” model was a dual 800MHz G4 system.
Following the Leopard requirements rumored today, this will leave out the “best” dual 800MHz system but include the single G4 867MHz system.
This will make no sense to me.

Trent J. Townsend wrote on September 26th, 2007 at 7:35 AM PST:

Well I am certainly leaning toward the argument that Apple is doing it primarilly as an attempt at getting more money from previous customers, I also seem to recall that Apple’s ppc binaries were optimized for size (to make them smaller) instead of optimizing them for raw performance.

I suppose it could just be that it would be a real pain in the butt to make Leopard run adequately on the older ppc chips, tho I do recall Thom mentioning having talked with people who’ve used recent Leopard builds on such hardware and claiming performance to be satisfactory.


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