MacFixIt reports that the final release of Panther definitely won't support beige G3 or earlier PowerMacs, nor will it support PowerBook G3s that lack built-in USB ports.
The report quotes one developer, speaking on the condition of anonymity, as saying:
"Any successful installations [ie current ones] are likely to be unstable and definitely unsupported. Future builds will not even install on these models. I've been directly told this is the case. [...] This is in keeping with Apple's statement that it will support its computers for a period of five years before considering them obsolete/vintage."
Although this information (assuming it's true) isn't particularly surprising, it will be an affront to more than a few Mac users.
Editor's note: So, should Apple support Macs that are more than five years old in new OS releases? Or, alternately, would extended support merely hold the platform back for laggardly few?
- Podcast: Brown M&M, Apple event, wearable, tattoos, Dropbox vs iCloud + More
- That FLIR iPhone heat camera can steal PIN numbers
- Apple special event set for September 9
- Dropbox changes to a single 1 TB Pro plan
- August Smart Lock begins shipping
- iPhone 5 Battery Replacement Program
- Otterbox announces Alpha Glass screen protector
- OS X Yosemite allows screen sharing over iMessage
- Final Cut Pro suite gets minor updates
- Visual history of Apple designs
- Evernote Webclipper for Safari get big update
- Podcast: Looftlighter, Sapphire Glass, Robin Williams, Google Customer Service, plus more
- Apple mission statement on its culture of diversity
- A look at Apple University
- iPhone 6 prank
- Podcast: iPhone announcement date, traffic school, Apple-Samsung lawsuit, plus more
- iPhone event reportedly set for September 9th
- Apple, Samsung work towards burying the patent hatchet
- OWC adds software RAID option for ThunderBay external storage
- The Verge: Comcast’s internal customer retention guide
- Lightning dockStubz connector helps solve problem of docking with a case
- iPassword offering extension for third party iOS 8 apps
- MacBook Pro lineup gets Haswell CPU bump, more memory
- Podcast: Walkie-talkies, iOS 8 betas, CES and much more
- FLIR One Thermal iPhone case goes on pre-order
Browse and search for more articles