Apple fans have been disgruntled over the past few years with an apparent forced obsolescence of hardware. But how much truth is there in this? How long does Apple support their devices with up-to-date operating systems? By support I mean from the moment a Mac or iDevice is released until it is no longer supported by a version of Mac OS X or iOS.
For example, the first MacBook was released in May 2006 and came with Mac OS X 10.4. It was supported through 10.6, but it couldn’t run Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which was released in July 2011. Therefore it had an officially supported life of 5 years and 2 months.
Oct 21, 2019 macOS Catalina introduces new security controls. For example, apps are now required to ask your permission before accessing parts of the drive where documents and personal files are kept. Let’s take a look at what’s new for security in Catalina. X11 Forwarding in Linux/Mac OS X – For Macs, your best option is to download xQuartz from xQuartz.org. This is free software which will allow you to forward X11 on a Mac. Download the xQuartz DMG, open it, and follow the installation instructions. Run xQuartz from the Applications folder. One current workaround until Apple hopefully releases a security update, is replace the vulnerable systems init with the Mac OS X 10.3 init, located in /sbin. Recompile init Another option if you don't have access to Mac OS X 10.3, is to recompile the init from Mac OS X from the Darwin Source with the -DSECURE flag set. Caveat: in order to get emacs to open the current directory in Dired by name mode, you need to use. Environment: OS X Yosemite Version 10.10.2; GNU Emacs 24.4.2 (x8664-apple-darwin14.0.0, NS apple-appkit-1343.14) of 2014-11-13.
Does buying an expensive Mac Pro give you longer support life over the cheaper Mac mini, or does the higher price of a MacBook Pro reward you with longer support life over a consumer-aimed MacBook? Let’s find out. Below is a table listing each Mac product line.
For each product line, I have listed three versions (if available): the earliest version of each line to support OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, and 10.8 Mountain Lion. This gives the maximum support life of each product. Of course, if you buy one later on, nearing the release of the next version or purchase a used machine, you get less support. This should be reflected in the price you pay.
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For Macs capable of running Mac OS X 10.8, I have included support life for 10.9 Mavericks, as all Macs that can run 10.8 will be able to run 10.9, which is due to be released later this year. Apple are releasing a new version of OS X each year, so 2014 should see 10.10, and nobody knows what the hardware requirements will be. I am assuming Apple will increase it and doubt very much that a 2007 iMac or a 2009 MacBook capable of running 10.8 and 10.9 will be supported in a 2014 operating system.
For the purpose of this article, we will assume those early machines running 10.8 (and soon 10.9) will end OS support in August 2014, which is roughly when 10.10 should be released.
The news that OS X 10.9 Mavericks will run on the same hardware as OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is a huge boost for current Mac users. It is the first time since the release of Mac OS X 10.3 Panther in 2003 (which required built-in USB) that no hardware hikes have been included and extends a lot of Macs supported life by another 12 months at least.
Looking through the table, it seems the average supported life from Apple is just over five years, with a few exceptions. The original MacBook Air falls short at only 4 years and 6 months and the Mid 2007 Mac mini falls short of the five year mark also, both models due to not being able to run Mountain Lion.
The Mac mini is Apple’s budget Mac. It originally aimed at Windows users, hoping to entice them to switch. It came with no accessories, assuming you had a monitor and USB keyboard and mouse from your existing set up. Retailing from US$499 in 2005 for the original model and $599 for later ones, it was Apple’s cheapest Macs since the 2000 model iMacs and the ATI eMacs coming in behind at $799. For this reason, you can forgive Apple for not support it as long as a Mac that is double in price. However, the first Mac Pro – retailing at $2,499, nearly 5x the price of the Mac mini – only received 5 years and 11 months support, a little over a year more than the Mac mini.
The few exceptions to roughly five years of OS support – which must please their owners no end – are the Mid 2007 20” iMac at 7 years and the Mid/Late 2007 MacBook Pro at a whopping 7 years 2 months.
What does this all mean? Well, it should help you gauge what sort of machine will provide a better cost-per-year, and for those on a tighter budget this could give them an extra two years before they feel the need to replace it.
Okay, before you all scream This is Low End Mac and point out that many people still use older, non-supported Macs, just because a Mac loses support by Apple doesn’t mean it is useless. That is not what this article is about.
Snow Leopard Lives
A 2006 Intel Mac running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is still fully supported by most developers, and with a user base of around 30%, Apple cannot ignore it. [Editor’s note: Site analytics show 24% of Intel Mac users visiting Low End Mac are using OS X 10.6.] Apple in the past have taken a “current plus previous” approach to supporting Mac OS X, meaning when 10.5 Leopard was released they still released Security Patches for 10.4 Tiger – but not 10.3 Panther.
However, Apple recently released a Snow Leopard Security update, despite it being two revisions back from today’s 10.8 Mountain Lion. Interestingly, there are more Snow Leopard users than Lion users [16% according to Low End Mac analytics, vs. 24% for 10.6], which shows both how good Snow Leopard was and how many early Intel Macs are still around that cannot run anything higher.
How Long for OS Support?
This provides an interesting look at just how long you get support for an Apple product. Support is meant as currently supported by Apple and able to run the latest OS. A first generation MacBook shipped in 2006, is now 7 years old, and is still used by a lot of people, still supported by developers, and still being offered security updates by Apple if it’s running Snow Leopard. It isn’t obsolete – far from it, it can still run the latest Flash and Firefox, unlike a G4 or G5 Mac.
However, there are still plenty of people who use a G4 and are happy with it. One interesting point about Intel Macs over PowerPC Macs is that once Apple do end all support for your Mac – it is Intel based – so it is possible to run Windows or Linux on it, as both tend to run on older hardware. As much as it pains me to say it, where Apple ditched Core Duo and early Core 2 Duo Macs, not allowing them to run Lion or anything higher, they will run Windows 8 or the latest Ubuntu with full support.
A device is useful depending on the needs of the user. Some people need a top-end brand new Mac, but some people can get by using a PowerBook G4.
To see how Apple supports iDevices in comparison to its Macs, see my companion article, How Long Will Apple Support Your iDevice.
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In my past couple articles (BeOS or NeXT: Did Apple make the wrong choice? and User Interface: Mac vs. BeOS), I’ve described parts of BeOS. It’s a technically impressive OS that lacks some of the finesse that the Mac OS has.
All the advertising about Mac OS X may convince low-end Mac users that they want to have a modern operating system. It seems like it would be nice to have preemptive multitasking, protected memory, and symmetric multiprocessing.
Let’s make an important distinction. Just because BeOS has a better foundation for stability doesn’t mean that it will be more stable. Mac OS X also has a much better foundation than the traditional Mac OS, but many users today are experiencing crashes and kernel panics. When I tried BeOS on my main computer, I was able to crash programs and effectively crash the hardware where I would have to reset the computer with the hardware switch. But over time, modern systems like BeOS or Mac OS X should tend toward reliability.
Besides BeOS, your other option for a modern OS is GNU/Linux. LinuxPPC, for example, supports a wide variety of Macs and has a lot of power and good performance. But Linux is more difficult to administer. When things go wrong, it can take a lot of time to figure out how to fix it. It’s definitely more complex than the Mac OS or BeOS.
Let’s dispatch two common questions first.
Where do I download the PPC version of BeOS?
With version 5.0, Be created two versions of BeOS. The personal version is free for download, but it only works with x86-based computers. This version has some special software that allows it install without repartitioning a Windows PC’s hard drive. In a way, it’s like a Trojan horse virus. Once the file is installed, it can run BeOS on a Windows computer.
Be could have done the same thing on the PPC version but decided to focus its efforts on the x86 platform. To use BeOS on a Power Mac, you need to get the professional version. It’s called professional because it includes some additional licensed software (like RealPlayer G2) and codecs (like the one needed to encode MP3s). It’s available for about $35 from gobesoftware.
Will BeOS work with my Mac?
I won’t repeat Be’s own compatibility page, but my general rule of thumb is that if your Mac is upgradeable to a G3 through it’s processor card or L2 slot, it’s probably compatible with BeOS. No 7200s, first generation NuBus Power Macs, and no PowerBooks are compatible.
BeOS doesn’t support Macs that shipped with a G3 or G4, like the iMac or G4 Cube. Lack of support is probably the all-time question. There’s a lot of history to it.
The short story is that Apple refused to provide information about the motherboards. Be decided that it was too risky to build a business by reverse engineering Apple’s motherboards, so they put their efforts behind porting BeOS to x86 processors. But BeOS can support the G3 processor. I used BeOS on a PowerCenter Pro/G3 and had no problems. And talk about fast!
BeOS Compatible Macs
These are the only 8 Mac models that are compatible with BeOS. Compatible models all have a PCI bus and a PowerPC 603/603e or 604/604e CPU. Macs not on this list are not supported by BeOS.
- Power Mac 8600 and 9600: Supported below 250 MHz, some 250 MHz models are compatible and some are not, 300 MHz and faster models are not compatible.
- Power Mac 9600 MP
- Power Mac 8500 and 9500, including 9500 MP
- Power Mac 7300 and 7600
- Power Mac 4400 (7220 in some markets)
All 603- and 604-based Power Computing models are supported. All Motorola StarMax models are supported. All Umax SuperMac models are supported. All DayStar Genesis MP models are supported, but some quad-processor models have a different logic board that is not supported.
Here is a little something for all of you Mac-lovers who use Windows. A quick and easy way to have Mac OS X mouse cursors on a PC running Windows 7, Vista or XP. Although personally I’m not a Mac person, one of the first things I do after installing a fresh copy of Windows is change the mouse pointers to the Mac OS X. Mac os x cursors for windows vista windows 7. Mac OS X Windows Logo Cursors. By StickyChannel92 1184 Same as Mac OS X, but I did some art of the Windows logo. Mac OS Cursors. Vista & Win 7 icons. Find out how Vista icons differ from XP icons. See how RealWorld Icon Editor handles Vista icons. Graphics archives links. Dec 06, 2018 macOS cursor on Windows 10. Cursors are not a single image. In fact, it’s best to think of a cursor as an entire theme with different images for different states that your cursor indicates for example, the pointer, the wait/delay, the caret, etc. In order to get the macOS cursor on Windows 10, you need to download this file from DeviantArt.
Installing and Using BeOS
If you are considering using BeOS on Macintosh hardware, you need to realize that software is not binary compatible. That means that software that works on the x86 platform doesn’t work on the PPC platform unless it was designed to be compatible. The reverse is true as well. Since BeOS was available on the PPC before x86, it used to mean that Mac users had more options.
Now the x86 platform has more momentum, because Be doesn’t support newer Macs. This can be a problem. For instance, the best BeOS browser, Opera, is only available for x86 processors. If you feel like Macs are treated like second class citizens, wait until you switch to BeOS – you might soon get the feeling of a fourth class citizen.
Installing BeOS is as simple as installing the Mac OS. The installation CD loads up quickly and gives you a few options of software to install. I can’t mention any of the problems of installation, because I’ve only done it three or four times – and every time I tried it, it worked flawlessly.
In contrast, Linux has eluded me. I bought my first LinuxPPC in 1999, but I couldn’t get it to install from the CD, since I had a third party CD-RW that it couldn’t understand. Then I tried installing from the hard drive and could almost get things to work, but it wouldn’t actually install the files. I have used Unix before and probably could get it to work if I worked on it long enough. It just never seemed worth all the effort.
Using Mac Software with BeOS
If you are going to use BeOS on your Mac, Basilisk II is the most important piece of software you can have. Basilisk II is a Mac emulator that allows you to emulate up to a Quadra and run your Mac software within BeOS. (Another option is SheepShaver, but I think that’s been discontinued.) When I first tried Basilisk II, it wasn’t too reliable, but it is an open source program and has been steadily improving. When I last tried it on Windows 98, it was stable and useful.
Basilisk II has a lot of options that let you tune the performance to make the emulated Mac work well. It is not well suited for games, but it works fine with text-oriented programs like Quicken, WordPerfect, or a school grade keeping program. Because it is software that emulates a hardware Mac, it has different performance bottlenecks. Some things seem slow, but others are quite snappy. On a 200 MHz Pentium II, it performed about like a 20 MHz Centris 610. That’s a little slower than Apple gets with it’s 68k emulator, but it’s usable for a lot of software.
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Should you try BeOS? For $35, BeOS offers a lot of things to try out and play with. Now that Mac OS X is out, you might want to play with that instead – it seems to have a much better chance at becoming a major desktop contender. If your one goal was to increase your productivity, BeOS would be a poor bet. Chances are that the time you spend on BeOS are not going to give you a big return on your investment.
But BeOS is only $35. If you have a compatible Mac that is just sitting around, this is $35 that will let you do some amazing things with the hardware. You could use the included routing software to make a BeOS router for less than the cost of IPNetRouter on the Mac. BeOS also has some cool audio software that could let you do things that would cost a lot on the Mac.
You might even want to try it just to give another point of reference for how things could work. The better informed we are, the more we can push Apple to realize the potential of Mac OS X.
- BeOS or NeXT: Did Apple Make the Wrong Choice?, 2001.04.16. Did Be really have the better operating system for the PowerPC?
- BeOS or NeXT: The Right Choice, David Puett, 2001.04.18. Another look at BeOS – and why Apple did right to choose NeXT instead.
- BeOS and BFS, 2001.04.20. “BeOS does things a bit differently than the Mac OS or some other OSes.”
- User Interface: Mac vs. BeOS, 2001.04.23. Be had the opportunity to make a better interface than Apple.
- NeXT: Apple’s Right Choice, 2001.05.07. Why choosing NeXT instead of Be was the right move for Apple.
- BeForever and BeNews, two BeOS Web sites.
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