G5 and G4 Mac Computers Reach End of Road?
According to Apple Insider, "Documentation included with copies of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard distributed during Apple's developer conference this week confirm that the next-generation operating system does not presently support Macs with PowerPC (PPC) processors."
This means that users of the older pre-Intel Power PC G4 and G5 processor equipped Apple Macintosh computers will likely not be able to use the next version of the Mac OS X operating system.
For users of these computers it means that applications that require Snow Leopard will not be able to be used on PPC Macs and that new applications will likely not be universal (PPC compatible). This will push departments that have older Macs to upgrade their systems sooner.
Potentially university lab computers that are two or three years old may not be able to use Apple's next version of their operating system or any software that might be designed to operate on it. If the next version of Adobe's Creative Suite is PPC compatible, for example, the one after that might not be.