- Jul 31, 2012
- HD4600 / RX 570
- Mobile Phone
Possibly, but I think the difference now is that Apple is a 2 trillion dollar plus company that can afford to extend Intel support longer. That's why 4-6 years is more likely for this transition.My guess has always been macOS support for approx 3-5 years after the last Intel Mac has been officially discontinued.
Back in 2006 the iPod was their biggest selling device and they were not as flush with cash. They didn't yet have the iPhone cash cow, iPads and the Apple watch, all which have very large profit margins. They dropped PPC support rather quickly in the mid 2000s and moved on to Intel as fast as they could. Back then Macs were their main source of revenue. No app stores or other sources of revenue to fall back on. When you look at iOS 15, it still supports the iPhone 6S which is a crazy long time to support any smart phone. The 6S with 6+ years of support.
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