iPhoto ’09 Features Limited on G4 and G5 Models

As Apple progresses with its transition to Intel-based systems, users of older G5 and G4 Macs are gradually losing access to newer features.

The launch of iLife ’09 has particularly highlighted this issue, with some users noticing the absence of certain slideshow transitions in iPhoto.

Apple has addressed these concerns by publishing a support document that explains the limitations:

The number of slideshow themes available in iPhoto ’09 depends on your Mac’s processor and, in some cases, available vRAM.

Furthermore, Apple has updated the system requirements for GarageBand ’09, emphasizing that some of its most sought-after features, such as GarageBand Learn to Play, now require an Intel-based Mac with at least a dual-core processor.

There are also whispers that the upcoming OS X version, Snow Leopard, will cease support for PowerPC processors entirely.

This follows a similar move last year when iMovie discontinued support for PowerPC.


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