I have an older G5 Mac with the dual PowerPC CPUs. Because it is not an Intel based Mac, I have finally hit the software “wall” and cannot upgrade any further. I am looking for advice about web browsers, because I cannot install Chrome, Opera keeps crashing, and Firefox just doesn’t seem safe being at version 3.x. I’m not a huge fan of Safari, and upgrading to a new Mac isn’t an option right now.
The Apple we know and love today is full of smart cookies who are confident in their product mix and clear in their direction: Innovate, iterate, and don't spend too much time looking in the rear view mirror while leaving the rest of the industry in the dust. But on the way to the top, the company took some weird twists and turns that just seem so...un-Apple. Then again, without these growing pains, Apple wouldn't be where it is today.
Let's look back at some of the major forks in the road...
Quicken has always been a popular choice for keeping tabs on Mac users’ finances, but publisher Intuit hit a speed bump with the product when Apple moved from PowerPC to Intel processors -- and then completely wiped out when OS X Lion removed Rosetta, the key to running PowerPC apps. But a new Lion-compatible install of Quicken may be the first step in a new direction.
Remember Apple’s controversial move from PowerPC to Intel processors? Ready for Cupertino to shake things up once again? A new rumor claims the company may be looking at a transition from Intel to ARM processors “in the not too distant future.”