[summary] Apple intel transition (was: Re: Status of 6.0 forproduction systems)

Chad Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC chad at shire.net
Sat Nov 19 14:51:47 GMT 2005

On Nov 19, 2005, at 5:19 AM, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org
>> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org]On Behalf Of Chad
>> Leigh -- Shire.Net LLC
>> Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2005 12:27 PM
>> To: Free BSD Questions list
>> Subject: [summary] Apple intel transition (was: Re: Status of
>> 6.0 forproduction systems)
>> and so most upgrades
>> will happen on the normal HW upgrade cycle that an particular Mac
>> user follows.
> So, since your the expert on this, what is the "normal HW upgrade  
> cycle"?

Whatever cycle people use to buy new machines.  Most people or groups  
have cycles they follow (even if it is not something they realize  
they do).  For some, there is a written policy.  For others it is  
driven by budgets.  For others, when the old machine starts to feel  
long in the tooth.  For a small minority it is every new generation  
(the early adopters and techno geeks).

> I suppose all Mac users follow the same upgrade cycle, huh.

For each person or group it may be different.  Some may do it every  
18 months, some every 2-3 years, some every 3-4 years.

>> Chad
>> most of whose Macs are built from parts from eBay and parts shops and
>> PC parts [total 3 Macs in the last 3 years -- personal and business
>> owned], though he does have 3 original purchased Macs from Apple
>> since 1998 [all business owned], 1 of which has been passed on to
>> others.
> Hmm - so your own upgrade cycle is what, 8 years?  From 1998 to 2005?

????  I upgraded to a G5, because of business and tax reasons.  My  
personal upgrade cycle is when I can afford it.  Sometimes it  is 2  
years, sometimes 4 or 5.  Some older machines are still used for side  
tasks like the original Bondi Blue 233mhz iMac (running OS X now),  
which is used by the family for email etc.  Some older technology  
based machines (the eBay built ones) are 5 year old motherboards etc  
with new PC parts because I can get a machine much less expensively  
than buying a new one and I have a certain need.  Like needing to run  
OS X Server for some customers and not wanting to buy an XServe since  
the customers are not paying for that.

> Or were you gonna keep those original Macs longer than this year?
> So, Apple is going to be supporting PPC for another 8 years, then.   
> OK.

Could be.  I would guess at least 3-4 years after the last PPC based  
machine stops being part of Apple's line up.  We are at least a year  
from that point and probably more like 2.   That may not quite add up  
to 8 years but it probably adds up to 5-7 years.  We'll see...


> Ted

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