Next month, Apple will ship OS X Lion (10.7). In order for our engineers to be able to develop and test on Lion, we must upgrade to the latest version of Apple's development tools. The new version does not support PowerPC. Therefore we will have to drop PowerPC support entirely for Real Studio 2011 Release 4 due this Fall. Less than 5% of Mac users are still using PowerPC-based Macs and by the time we ship R4 it will have been five years since Apple switched to the x86 Intel processor. I know for some of you this will cause some grief but you can still use 2011 Release 3 and earlier builds to support PowerPC.
As you know, we are moving our Mac framework from Carbon to Cocoa. Real Studio 2011 R2 includes greatly improved support for Cocoa. Many users are telling us they can ship their apps built with our current Cocoa-based framework. We believe that our Cocoa support will be complete enough to no longer be considered beta starting with Real Studio 2011 R4. At that time, Carbon will be deprecated. That means we will not be fixing any Carbon-specific bugs except for the most egregious. We will continue to support Carbon as a build option until we ship a release of Real Studio that includes a LLVM-based compiler as the default build option. In that release, Carbon will no longer be available as a build option.
Transitions are not always easy, but sometimes they are necessary in order for us to move forward. I know that for some of you these transitions will cause some grief but I think you can see that they are necessary if we are to keep making Real Studio better.