Apple, and the demise of Intel Macs!

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  • Luc J. Vermeersch

    Big Sur is here!
    What do we know about compatibility of the Spitfire products?

    The compatibility table indicates macOS 10.10 or higher... Does this include Big Sur?

    I did not have any problems when migrating to Catalina, but the move to Big Sur appears a bigger risk.

    Please advise!

    Thanks!

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  • Andy Stark

    Been using Big Sur for a while now. Updates to the official release a few days ago. Everything works fine with Spitfire software and libraries for me. No issues at all.

     

     

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  • Richard Nash

    My plan is to camp out on a Hackintosh for a year, watch the lemmings dive over the cliff, then get an M2 based MacPro when all the problems are sorted - I'm using a lot of outboard kit too. Why pay thousands to have your whole setup not work?

    As the old rule says: If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
    i.e. Do you NEED to upgrade? Unless you have professionals throwing live projects at you then the answer is, for now, no.

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  • Kim Ho

    I'm one of those lemmings!! But in all fairness it was broke and needed fixing. Here's my sad and confusing tale...

    I'm a newbie wanting to start to learn and work on film scoring, but my computer is too old to run Kontakt 6. So I got Kontakt 5, and bought Spitfire's Albion One, but it doesn't run on Kontakt 5 (from what I can decipher, right?). What to do? Buying a new computer seems like a good way to spend lots of money! So I get a new Macbook with M1 chip. Bad move. Kontakt doesn't run on the new Macs. So now I have an old computer that's too old, and a new computer that's too new. Lovely!

    I'll go get me an Intel chip Mac, but my question here is: which OS is best for Kontakt and therefore Spitfire libraries? I have read that Big Sur may not be the best choice. Please advise me friends. Another mistake and my kid won't be going to university!

    Thanks,

    Kim

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  • Richard Nash

    For now there are three answers:

    1. Sit and wait, these product will be supprted

    2. Build a hackintosh

    3. Google DOSDude1 and get your old machine running Catalina

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  • Kim Ho

    Computer is a dinosaur... 2009. Won't even support Sierra or Mohave.

    Looking at a refurbished Mac Mini, w Catalina upgrade

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  • Richard Nash

    Yeah, I'm running a Mac Pro 3,1 that goes to Catalina but I can put a new SSD in, boot off the DOSDude1 memory stick and it will run Catalina.

    Nothing in the hardware is incapable of running newer OSes but the wrapper the installer is in checks to see if your computer is on the supported list. Older machines just need a little work to get drivers working with them as, the code exists, its just not implemented.

    I have the documents Apple Geniuses have on the scren at the Apple Store, the screen you are not allowed to see. There is a flow diagram and unless its a simple fix, they ask you four pointless questions, then announce "Its a logic board fault, it will cost £600 to fix - Or we can sell you an iMac today for £1,200!" [smile]

    Its worth knowing that if you Mac is screwed and you where going to buy a new one anyway.

    Don't be suckered into believing the marketing hype, Macs are repairable and I've known Mac users ready to spend £2,500 on a new machine - in one instance it hadn't been rebooted in over 10 years and the other he'd never opened the case and it was completely full of fluff!

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