- Feb 18, 2011
- i5 650
- Classic Mac
- Mobile Phone
If you look at the the transition from PowerPC to Intel it was about 4 years before PowerPC code was dropped from the OS from Tiger in 2004 throughSnow Leopard in 2009. The last machines that could run Leopard came out in late 2005 - The last PowerMacG5 and they had 3 years of OS support after Leopard came out. If we use that as a timeline with the annual release of the OS on a yearly basis, we'll probably see at least 3-4 more releases of the OS that will support the last Intel machines over the next 3-4 years. But with a 2-3 year transition the last Intel machines will come out in roughly 2022/2023, but should see support till 2026 for the OS.Plenty of time left for us. At least another 6-7+ years.
What is going to be interesting though is what will happen to the new MacPro? If the new "low end" machines are beating the pants off of the iMac Pro right now? What will the future "high end" machines do? I could for-see pros buying the chassis for a certain spec and as new MacPros coming out an option to send the machine in for an upgraded board or a trade-in program. This would all be similar to what Apple did in the days of the first Macs. Quite a few 128Ks were turned into "Fat Macs" - the 512K Mac.