[Solved] PowerPC Applications No Longer Supported: Sly Ways To Evade

Last Updated on August 4, 2022

Yesterday, I opened my MacBook and tried to play the Football Manager 2006 game on that. To my utter disappointment, the notification appeared “PowerPC applications no longer supported.”

I wasn’t surprised as I knew Mac OS versions after 10.6.8 do not support any PowerPC application. Still, my curious self couldn’t stop from figuring out a way. So here are a few sneaky tips for using power pc applications in your old Mac OS:

  • Try to reinstall the 10.6.8 version 
  • Try a dual boot 
  • Use a virtual environment with an App (VirtualBox, VMware Fusion, Parallels)

I can’t wait to share what else I have found out! Dive in for some compelling pieces of information. 

PowerPC Applications No Longer Supported

What Is PowerPC? 

The PowerPC, or PPC in short, is a processor system created way back in 1991. It was frequently used in games and applications when Apple used this processor (from 1994 to 2006) in their early versions of the MacBook. 

Previously, PowerPC chips were used for building many applications. And Apple used it for the Power Macs up to the Power Mac G5. But it was eliminated when they started using the Intel processor.

Why Do The “PowerPC Applications No Longer Supported” Notification Appear? 

Let’s go back to a bit of history here. Before 2006, Apple Mac was equipped with an IBM processor, which is known as the PowerPC. But the journey of the Intel Mac started in 2006. 

Intel’s processor cannot run the PowerPC as its architecture does not support the Rosetta and the binary system that works for PPC Mac. As a result, the instruction set does not match any PowerPC application. That’s why the newer Mac versions that use Intel processors or the Apple silicon no longer support PowerPC applications.

So if you have used some apps on your older OS X, they will no longer be usable on your new Mac that uses the Intel operating system.

To sum it all up, the introduction of Mac OS X Lion ended the PowerPC era. That’s why the modern Intel-based Mac no longer supports all the PowerPC Mac apps. 

Now, What Can You Do To Use PowerPC Apps?

If you still want to use any Power PC application despite being on the latest Intel chip, I have some ways other than using a time machine. So, let’s see what we can do here: 

Now, What Can You Do To Use PowerPC Apps?

First Method: Trying To Reinstall The 10.6.8 Version 

Well, this is very straightforward. You can first check whether your current Mac can go back to the ancient times of 10.6.8 or not. So you can try to install the Mac 10.6.8 version. 

Second Method: Trying A Dual Boot 

This is almost like the previous method but slightly different. You can still boot to the older OS X system if your current Mac supports that.      

Note: keep your games, Intel apps, and virtual system folder on a secure external drive. Otherwise, the booting will lose everything. 

When you want to proceed with the dual booth, you have to partition your hard drive (you will need to install the old operating system in one of the partitions).

Here’s how to do that:

  • Launch Disk Utility
  • Select your Hard Drive 
  • Go to the Toolbar 
  • Choose ‘Partition’
  • Click on the ‘+’ icon
  • Now you can partition the drive into two parts. You can make two equal parts, or you can also adjust the size if you have any customization to make. 
  • Click on “Apply”

Once you have clicked “Apply,” your drive is successfully partitioned into two. Now the first partition will contain Mac OS X Lion. But you have to install x snow leopard in the second partition as only this one can run your power pc app. Here’s how you can do the following task:

  • Insert the installation CD into your Mac
  • Choose “Install” (Obviously on the second partition) 

Now it’s time to boot and return to the older Mac. Hold down the Option key and press the Power button at the same time. Then the screen will show you the option to choose your preferred operating system; with this, choose the Snow Leopard. And then, you can run any PowerPC application on your Mac. 

Trying A Dual Boot

Third Method: Using A Virtual Environment

I understand that dual boot can be confusing and time-consuming as well. But here’s a savior way to do the same thing. You can easily use a virtual environment to run the SL in your OS X Lion.

The procedure is simple; you have to use an application to create the virtual environment. Some of the popular apps are: 

I used VMware Fusion for the procedure; it worked fine. It helps by creating an SL environment in your Mac that supports Rosetta. Therefore, you can use any PowerPC apps despite being on your new Mac OS.

Fourth Method: Use Your Older Mac, Duh! 

It may sound funny, but it is what it is. If you don’t want to go through all the struggle, you can use your older Mac for your favorite Power PC applications without bothering your new Apple Silicon Mac.

Let’s Explore Further; What Do You Say? 

What Was The Last PowerPC Mac?

Apple Mac’s 2007’s Leopard (version 10.5) used the last PowerPC chips. Then Apple moved to the Intel chips leaving that behind. Leopard’s 10.6 was the final version to use the Rosetta binary translator that can run PowerPC apps.

Does Anyone Still Use PowerPC?

Yes, they are still produced for embedded apps. But the usage is very insignificant as many advanced processors have taken place. Mac has stopped using the PowerPC since 2006. 

Can You Still Use A PowerPC Mac?

No, newer Macs do not support PowerPC anymore. All the new Macs are mostly built with Intel processors. But if you want to use PowerPC for some reason, you can try the dual-booting method or create a virtual environment in your current Mac. 

Why Did Apple Stop Using PowerPC?

Apple does not like to lag. So, as the PowerPC was not serving the purpose, they moved to the x86 processors made by Intel. Intel introduced many advanced functionalities that IBM’s consumer processors couldn’t keep up with.

Can A Power Mac G5 Be Upgraded To Intel?

No, you cannot upgrade your Power Mac G5 to Intel. Switching from one processor to another is impossible as they are mounted on a custom daughtercard.

Every Ending Is A New Beginning! 

It is a good thing that Apple has decided to call it off with the PowerPC processors. We still gained something good with an advancement using Intel. But the developers could create a universal version still to use the PowerPC apps in your advanced Intel-based Macs. 

However, as they haven’t yet done that, you can avoid the “PowerPC applications no longer supported” popping up while trying your old favorite apps; follow my lead! 


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