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When the Leopard Sneak Peek pages went live on apple.com Monday, the 64-bit section touted Leopard’s universal nature (no separate Intel- and PowerPC- based versions) with the following sentence: “From G3 to Xeon, from MacBook to Xserve, there is just one Leopard.” Obviously the inclusion of […]

When the Leopard Sneak Peek pages went live on apple.com Monday, the 64-bit section touted Leopard’s universal nature (no separate Intel- and PowerPC- based versions) with the following sentence: “From G3 to Xeon, from MacBook to Xserve, there is just one Leopard.”

Obviously the inclusion of the word G3 and Leopard in the same sentence would seem to indicate the latter would run on the former. But maybe a marketing writer didn’t run that sentence by the proper authorities, as the sentence was removed from the page the next day. If there was any question whether or not Leopard would support G3s, I think the removal of that sentence answered it ahead of next Spring.

Ironically, Google’s cache of the page only includes two sentences: the aforementioned one and “All features referenced in the Mac OS X Leopard Sneak Peek are subject to change.”
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  1. I can’t imagine apps like Time Machine and Spaces would run very smoothly on a G3.

  2. I just hope, this doesn’t mean that I won’t be able to use Leopard on my G4 Powerbook either :-(

  3. You’ll probably be able to use Leopard, but just like XP on an old P3 500, it won’t be screaming. I think you can probably tweak some settings and get it running at least as fast as Panther. Might not have all the cool features, but hey G3 is pretty old!

  4. Macenstein » Macenstein Archive » Apple (sort of) confirms Leopard will not run on G3 Macs Wednesday, August 9, 2006

    [...] Not that it will come as much of a surprise to anyone, but Apple may have made it semi-official that the next iteration of OSX (Leopard) will not support the “ancient” G3 processor. A posting over at the theappleblog notes that just after Monday’s WWDC Keynote speech, the Leopard Preview page listed a line of copy reading “From G3 to Xeon, from MacBook to Xserve, there is just one Leopard.” [...]

  5. They changed it again. It now reads: “Leopard delivers 64-bit power to both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs, so you don’t have to install separate applications for different machines. There’s only one version of Mac OS X, so you don’t need to maintain separate operating systems for different uses.”

  6. Hmmm

    Tell me how do they make 64bit os work on 32bit processor like core duo …. only core 2 duo and xeon have EMT64 there is no way to run Leoprad on core duo …. maybe Leopard is not 64 and all this is cheating.

  7. “I can’t imagine apps like Time Machine and Spaces would run very smoothly on a G3.”

    Why you say that for Spaces?

    I use space.dock 0.7 on a G3 since 2001 and spaces in leopard is not so different…

    http://space.sourceforge.net/

  8. I hope G3s are supported…

    If not, I should be able to run the installer on another, faster computer and use my internal hard drive as a target disc in Disc Target mode. It allowed people to install Tiger on coloured G3s, why not on my opaque iBook G3?

  9. So how long will it be before Apple abandons the PPC altogether? The G5 was never fully deployed i.e. no G5 PowerBook, so that leaves only the G4. Why bother continuing to support it when there are all those new customers to concentrate on? I’ll just wait for it for a OS X release that runs on non-Apple hardware before I forsake my inverted-apple-gram G3.

  10. “The G5 was never fully deployed i.e. no G5 PowerBook, so that leaves only the G4.”

    It *was* fully-deployed. The problem is that the G5 generated too much heat and took too much power for Apple to want to put it into a notebook form factor. Therefore, no G5 PowerBook.

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