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What's Going On With Apple?

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 28, 2009, 7:46 AM


So what's the deal with Apple and Snow Leopard? First time in my life that I feel like Apple is kind of screwing me over. I'm still using 10.4.11, I just never got around to updating to 10.5. I was waiting for Snow Leopard. But when Snow Leopard released, Apple pulled Leopard off the market. Basically they are forcing you to buy both Leopard & Snow Leopard as a box set for like $170. Plus Snow Leopard only runs on machines with the Intel processor. I have an older G5, so I can't use it. So if I want to upgrade to 10.5, I have to buy 10.5 and 10.6 even though I can't use 10.6.

How could they lock out everybody who owns a machine that's more than 3 years old? Do they really expect millions of users to spend thousands of dollars on new machines just so we can upgrade? Seems kind of nuts and it's not like Apple to pull a stunt like this. Am I missing something?

I have to take a ride up to my local Apple store to see what's up.

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DavidRaid Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
Apple has always seemed to overcharge it's users to me.
I mean, you cannot even upgrade much of the hardware without replacing the entire machine. It seems Apple now wants to do the same with your software. =/
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I accepted a long time ago that I'd have to pay more for the computer. And I'm fine with that. I've worked with PC's and Mac's are vastly superior so I know what I'm getting for the extra money. But Apple has never pulled a stunt like this with the OS. When the new OS was released, the older OS was always still available as a stand alone. I have to think there are still more non-Intel machines in use than the newer Intel machines given that even with minimal care, an Mac desktop will easily run for 6 to 8 years. So I just don't get what they are trying to do. They can't realistically expect people to dump perfectly good machines just to upgrade the OS. That's nuts. Despite what PC fanboys think, it's not the way Apple operates. They treat their users pretty well.

I have to be missing something, so I have to take a ride to the store and find out what's going on.
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DavidRaid Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Let me know what happens. I suspect you should be able to get 10.5 somehow, without having to pay out for Snow Leopard. If not, it sounds like a cheap excuse to push users into the latest system.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fingers crossed!
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I haven't upgraded after 10.4.11 myself. I have an Intel Mac, but still I get what you're saying.

A three year old mac is by no means old and useless. I remember that 10.3.4 or was it 10.4, could be installed on the old G3 iMac's.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought my G5 in 2004 so it's not that old. It runs perfectly and I haven't had any compatibility problems with software or web apps. It just needs a RAM upgrade. It should last at least another 3 or 4 years. There's no way I'm going to buy a new machine now.

What about all the people who bought non-Intel units back in 2006? They can't expect those people to buy new machines only 3 years later! Most people will just upgrade to or stay with 10.5. So why would Apple try to force non-Intel users to buy Snow Leopard when they know they can't install it. Doesn't make sense.

I'll post an update to this after I go talk to them.
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
I have no clue whats up with Apple. But to be honest, a lot of stuff Apple does piss me off, but they can't be faulted for their hardware! (Except for the mini display ports on the Macbooks a while ago...)
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I'm don't pay Apple extra for hardware. I pay to use their OS so I don't have to use Windows.

And yeah, there are a couple GC titles I'd like to try. But I have to manage my gaming budget closely :lol: Nov., Dec. and Jan. are going to be expensive months! I may need a vacation before it's over :lmao:
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
Haha, I hear that!
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