Thinking of buying the latest version of Apple's Mac OS X? Have a Power PC over
four years old? Well, according to media reports you might as well go out and
buy a new Mac, as an 800MHz machine won't cut the mustard with the latest
Reports from AppleInsider tell of the minimum hardware spec of the new Leopard
10.5 OS being "an Intel processor or a PowerPC G4, 867 MHz or faster, or G5
processor" – so get ready to ditch your 800MHz PowerBook G4, Titanium, 800MHz
PowerMac G4, 800MHz iMac G4, 800MHz iBook G4, and 800MHz eMac.
The publication said that a Leopard install on a 800MHz PowerPC G4 systems ran
"too slow" and so any attempt to install comes up with a message "cannot be
installed" on the machine. Other requirements for the OS include a DVD drive,
built-in FireWire, at least 512MB of RAM and at least 9GB of hard disk space.
Other rumours have version 10.6 (no word on the codename – we'd like it to be
called Ocelot!) of the OS ditching PowerPC entirely leaving only Intel-based
Macs capable of upgrading.
We'll have to see how things pan out, rumours like these have a habit of coming
As it is, Apple released
three updates of Mac OS
X 10.5 Leopard operating system just a few hours apart on Friday, this could
mean that development could be drawing to a close and the code is ready for prime-time.