Who Says You Have to Upgrade?
Ultimately, the only compulsion to upgrade to a brand new Mac in order to take advantage of OS X Lion is stylistic. Spending several hundred dollars on a new computer is fine, if you’re happy with what you will be able to do with it, but if you have different requirements then upgrading could be a mistake.
For instance, you might have legacy applications that you access via Rosetta; how would you feel after spending all that money on an OS X Lion Mac only to find that Apple were no longer supporting Rosetta, and that the software could no longer be used?
While the computing world might be moving on, you can still use a G5 computer with its 1.5+ GHz CPU and 1 GB of RAM to perform an astounding array of tasks, from running Microsoft Office 2008 to creating amazing sounds with Garageband in iLife 09.
Older versions of Adobe Creative Suite - allowing you the power of PhotoShop and Illustrator, for example - QuarkXPress for desktop publishing and many other top quality productivity and multimedia apps are all designed to run on G5 computers running Mac OS X, and these applications don't feature any wildly different features to the current releases.
With several years’ worth of software suitable for PowerPC processors ready to choose from, simply upgrading so that you can be part of something is a mistake, particularly when you are already part of something – a user of one of the most impressive range of Apple computers ever. The G5 range was a stunning and revolutionary selection of devices that finally confirmed that Apple were capable of building decent computers as well as operating systems.
Keep hold of that G5 – you’ll regret it if you don’t.
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