Switching to Intel means the end of Classic.

In yesterday’s write-up,I included Apple’s decription of Rosetta that contained the following section:

Rosetta does not run the following:

* Applications built for Mac OS 8 or 9
* Code written specifically for AltiVec
* Code that inserts preferences in the System Preferences pane
* Applications that require a G4 or G5 processor
* Applications that depend on one or more kernel extensions
* Kernel extensions
* Bundled Java applications or Java applications with JNI libraries that can’t be translated

The bit about “Applications built for Mac OS 8 or 9″ nagged at me a bit. Did that mean that Apple was going to re-engineer Classic to run as an Universal-binary and have PPC be emulated? The answer, confirmed by John Gruber at Daring Fireball is that Classic support ends with the PowerPC. Once Apple’s switched to using Intel processors, that’s the end of Mac OS 9 running in Classic as far as Apple’s concerned. With Apple declaring the death of Classic way ahead of time, it’s now going to be an opportunity for an outside developer. Will someone pick up and run with it?


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