Er gingen al langer geruchten dat Apple de G3 met nieuwe firmware zodanig zou hebben gemankeerd dat upgrading naar een G4 onmogelijk werd gemaakt. The Register heeft deze geruchten vandaag bevestigd:
According to the MacInTouch Web site, Apple's Tech Exchange bulletin board was bombarded with complaints about the fix, introduced in the G3's most recent firmware update (see Apple crippled G3 Macs to bar PPC G4 upgrades).
Apple subsequently pulled the discussion thread, but before it did so, an Apple employee wrote: "Notes to consider after reading this [thread] include the fact that there is no shipping or announced PowerPC G4 processor upgrade from Apple or, as far as we know, any other company and we're not aware of any documentation that indicates any Power Macintosh G3 computer was marketed as being upgradeable to a PowerPC G4 processor."
In other words, G3 owners were wrong to assume their machine was upgradeable simply because previous models have been. Or, more bluntly, if you now want new Mac processor technology, you'll just have to buy a new Mac.
XLR8 (van de Accellerate your Mac site?) zegt een fix bij de hand te hebben. Meer daarover lees je bij The Register.