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Posted by Lothar Scholz
Jun 29, 2020 at 05:31 PM

 

I intended to buy DevonThink, Bookends and HoudahSpot from the current SummerFest 25% discount.

But with AppleSilicon coming i really hesitate. I still remember the fast G5->Intel transition and that Rosetta was kicked out very very fast. I’ve written emails to the support teams and asked for their upgrade policy but no reply so far.

Will you still buy macOS Intel only software now or wait until we get fat binaries? 

 


Posted by Paul Korm
Jun 29, 2020 at 06:01 PM

 

First consideration is that Apple will not begin producing machines with the new processors until late this year, and then they will need to filter into the market past that time.  Second, is that nothing about the processor change requires you to buy a new machine.  Was Rosetta really “kicked out very very fast”?  Even if so, what happened more than a decade ago is probably not an indicator of the current market.

Your choice, but personally if I had a reason to buy one or more of the products on your wish list, I wouldn’t forego the purchase because something unknown might happen several years in the future.

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Jun 29, 2020 at 09:11 PM

 

I couldn’t live without HoudahSpot. Reminds me of the old Zyindex days.

Lothar Scholz wrote:
I intended to buy DevonThink, Bookends and HoudahSpot from the current
>SummerFest 25% discount.
> >But with AppleSilicon coming i really hesitate. I still remember the
>fast G5->Intel transition and that Rosetta was kicked out very very
>fast. I’ve written emails to the support teams and asked for their
>upgrade policy but no reply so far.
> >Will you still buy macOS Intel only software now or wait until we get
>fat binaries? 
>

 


Posted by Lothar Scholz
Jun 29, 2020 at 09:51 PM

 

>the processor change requires you to buy a new machine.  Was Rosetta
>really “kicked out very very fast”?  Even if so, what happened more than

First Rosetta never worked with optimized G5 code (only G4).
And it was introduced with Tiger 10.4 and stopped after 10.6.
It was only acceptable translation because PPC was so bad compared to Intel.

 

 


Posted by Listerene
Jun 30, 2020 at 12:57 AM

 

There are a few reasons that I’ve chosen to use MacOS and a macbook, in addition to more powerful Windows machines: DevonThink, Scrivener (I’ve gave up hope that the 2.5-years-in-progress —stable—Windows Scrivener update will ever occur). Most of all, I bought a macbook because it had the ability to run Windows on macs.

It remains to be seen whether ARM DT or Scrivener will ever happen but that last? Windows on ARM macs? Not gonna happen, probably, at all and certainly not for the 32-bit Windows apps I use. That’s a deal-breaker for me.

Personally, I said “bye Timmy” since the bozos gave their latest WWDC. MacWorld, by the way, agrees with you (though, of course, not me). Read their opinion, here.
https://www.macworld.com/article/3563738/you-shouldnt-buy-a-new-mac-right-now.html

Timmy, himself, refused to give a timeline for when x86 mac support would go away (along with 3rd-party sw updates) but DID note that it could be 2 - 200 years. That low-end estimate? That seems oddly near and is unsettling. He COULD’VE just said 5 - 500 years, were that 2 years thing not on the table. After all, he’s heard the rumors about the PowerPC history—and that 5 year timeline—being applied to Intel Macs SO I’m considering that 2-year mention a strong tell.

Would Apple do that to their users? They sold them (and me) a defective keyboard for 5 years, knowing that it was defective all along. So, yeah, concern for users ain’t high on Timmy Cook’s list. You or I do that, we go to prison for fraud. Timmy just laughs on his way to the bank.

 


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