updated 06:25 pm EST, Sat February 26, 2011
Mac OS X Lion drops Front Row and PowerPC
More discoveries in Mac OS X Lion have shown Apple is cutting out two of its older implementations. The developer preview no longer has Front Row, Apple's early answer to Windows Media Center. It had originally launched in sync with the last Power PC iMac, the iSight-equipped G5 model, and was a staple feature of early Intel-based Macs.
The motivation behind the drop hasn't been specified, if permanent, but likely comes from its reduced demand and usefulness over more than five years. Apple began removing its IR remote as a standard feature in 2009, suggesting a lack of interest. The Apple TV has also reduced some of the incentive to use a Mac as a home theater PC. Unofficially, third-party front ends such as Boxee and Plex have also reduced the incentive to have a dedicated front end.
Along with the Front Row cut is word that Apple has purged all PowerPC app support. It had already dropped PowerPC support at an OS level in Snow Leopard but, until Lion, had still run PowerPC apps through an optional install for the Rosetta code translator. Virtually all of Apple's installed base is now using Intel Macs and has reduced the incentive for the company to support legacy apps. [via 9to5]