How long will Apple support Intel-based Mac computers?


I guess that Apple will provide technical support for the Mac on the Intel processor for no more than five years.

Apple refuses to use Intel x86 CPU in favor of its ARM chips. As a result, for everyone who does not want to stay overboard, this means only one thing: be thoughtful with purchasing Intel-based Macs.

You might think that this is another debate over which is better – x86 or ARM. Or you may decide that something doesn’t fit together and that Apple – despite its almost endless resources and money – will not be able to overtake AMD, Intel, and Nvidia.

However, there is also a practical reason why you should not spend from $ 1,500 to $ 4,500 for a new Mac – you might simply be overboard.

Making the announcement, Tim Cook said that Apple will continue to support Mac at Intel for years. But we can assume that this could mean two years and two hundred years.

If the past is just the beginning of the story, then you can study the issue of Apple’s last big transition, from PowerPC to Intel x86. The wiki said the transition was announced on June 6, 2005. The Intel-based Mac was introduced in February 2006, and the first Intel-based MacBook was introduced in April 2006. Later in 2006, Apple announced the “end of the transition.”

The latest release of OS X 10.5 with PowerPC support came out in October 2007. Two years later, when OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” was released in August 2009, it no longer supported Mac on PowerPC.

By 2011, Apple had abandoned the Rosetta project, which translated code from older PowerPC applications so that they could run on Intel. Apple has finished all support for Mac on PowerPC. The result is four years of OS support and six years of support for PowerPC before Apple stopped everything.