Apple, Panther, and 32-bit OS's
TheRegister.co.uk follows up a previous story regarding Panther with a claim that Apple has confirmed that Panther is technically a 32-bit operating system with 64-bit support.
They reference this PCWorld.com article which quotes Greg Joswiak of Apple Computer... however, the pertinent quote from the PCWorld.com article is not attributed to Joswiak. PCWorld writes:
- Apple hasn't announced plans for a pure 64-bit operating system; Panther, an updated 32-bit OS due out the end of this year, will have Jaguar-like 64-bit support.
64-bit vs not 64-bit has spawned a significant debate but it's unclear how much relevance this has towards the average user -- especially as the Register claims that applications will be able to make use of the 64-bit addressing of the G5 under Panther (and 10.2.7).
PCWorld reminds users that "a 64-bit desktop computer won't make your word processing program run faster".