Sydney Morning Herald: get on the Apple Intel-based Mac train now

“Sitting on my bench I have, to the right, my trusty 20-inch G5 iMac with a PowerPC heart beating at 1.8 GHz, and to the left, the new 20-inch iMac with a Core Duo Intel engine rated at 2 GHz. The view is stunning,” Garry Barker writes for The Sydney Morning Herald. “So then, the big question. Is this new machine really twice as fast as the PowerPC model, as Apple boss Steve Jobs said at Macworld?”

“All the iLife ’06 and iWork ’06 applications, Safari and the other bundled applications have been rewritten for Intel and run as if regreased. Non-Intel-compliant software seems to run no faster but then again, no slower, on the new machine. This probably means that the faster Intel chip is making up for the fact that the old software is being converted on the fly to work on the new processor,” Barker reports. “The greater proof of the new platform’s power will come later when professional applications, such as Adobe’s Creative Suite, are rewritten for it. Microsoft will bring Office:mac into the new era, probably next year, but a speed boost for a word processor is unlikely to have anyone singing hallelujah. And PowerPoint, while still useful, is now not an option for most Mac users. They prefer Keynote, which is already rewritten for Intel.”

“So should you buy now or wait a bit? I intend to buy, for a couple of reasons. Firstly, your PowerPC iMac still has good resale value. It will continue to do so, but the second-hand price must inevitably decline as Intel-compliant applications emerge and more Intel machines are bought. Secondly, this is the new generation,” Barker writes. “It will cost you no more to get on the train now.”

Full article here.

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28 Comments

  1. I always find it funny that winbox trolls feel the desire to say how they thinks Macs are “crappy” etc. It is obvious that Mac users are in a better position to judge the merits and demerits of the two – as we can’t have failed to use and be “impressed” by winboxes. Conversely the winbox troll won’t have been near a Mac less likely to have any knowledge of its true attributes. Sad really.

  2. “Granted they are not as pretty as a mac but at least you have some money left over.”

    Yep you’re right..for the antivurus software, its annual subscription, all the equivalent iLife apps etc etc.

    No, Macs are supremely better value for money on every count.

  3. I think that it’s inevitable that the initial Intel powered Macs will be interim models, with more interesting models to follow later.

    Replacing the CPU makes the new models sought after. Apple can get quick sales by selling to the early adopters. It’s also a good thing that the Intel iMacs and MacBooks look just the same as the PPC Macs, that helps to re-enforce the fact that the only thing that’s changed is the processor, in every other respect it’s a familiar Mac, just like before.

    Then I would expect at some point between 9 and 18 months later new models to be introduced with radically different styling. That will then ignite another surge in sales and so the cycle continues.

  4. Yeah Bob,

    but Windows

    Is

    Crap!

    Take it from someone who has used Windows since the year Dot, and now thankfully only suffers it at work. It is an absolute JOY! to come home to OS X.
    The hardware is supurb, and even at the low end it’s high end kit.
    Not to mention all the really cool/insanely great software you get into the bargain which leaves you wanting for little. Find just as excellent open source and little share ware apps, and crossgrade your windows stuff if/when you need to.

  5. Hey “don’t get mad at me”,

    In my experience, the only people that love windoze and hate other OS’s are people that:

    1. only read pc week.
    2. have only run or supported windoze their entire career.

    In the past 15 years, I have supported:
    a half dozen windoze flavors ( all of which crashed regulary )
    OS/2 warp
    Netware 2.2, 3.11, 4.x, 5.x
    Sco 3.2 v4.2
    Wise Unix
    Linux ( suse & redhat enterprise )
    DGUX
    HPUX 9.x 10.x 11.x
    AIX 3.x 4.x 5.x
    Solaris 2.6, 8, 9, 10

    I don’t worship steve. I worship unix because its rock solid. OSX is unix.
    I’ve forgotten more about unix that you will ever learn you close minded little troll. Go back to your help-desk job making peanuts. I’ll go back to my ginormous saleried job supporting mission critial trading floor applications on unix.

  6. I got a 20″ iMac for a gift for someone, it sucks, there is no software and it’s slow, the beach ball spins regardless of the “oh it’s 2x faster” processor.

    If you open it up to try to replace the slow ass hard drive, you violate the warranty and the seals in place. Plus the connector is not standard, it’s something OEM.

    Yea it’s a dual core, but it shares a bus and memory controler, it can only access 2 GB of RAM.

    It’s a hobbled machine for sure.

    My dual 2 Ghz proccesors G5 absolutely smokes it and it uses slower processors.

    X-Bench iMactel: 60

    X-Bench Dual 2 Ghz Processor PM: 100

  7. Keep letting PC users buy their 499 infomercial quality PC’s. You get what you pay for and what you get is substandard hardware, like shared RAM graphics, bottom of the barrel DIMMs, slow ass hard drives all in an ugly utilitarian box, powered by the crappiest security-hole ridden OS that billions of dollars of R&D can’t fix.

    Yeah, I’ll stick with my Mac.

  8. Windows users have a hard time with the “total cost of ownership” advantage and reliability the Mac offers because they’ve never experienced it.

    Repeatedly I’ve watched my Windows using friends buy new machines every couple of years because their existing beige box is so glommed up with crap and it’s just easier to go buy a new eMachine throwaway than fix what they have.

    My wife is using an ancient Grape iMac. She runs her business on it, surfs the web and files insurance claims, it’s running 10.3.9 just fine.

    Now Windows lovers, try putting XP-Pro on a 486 with 384MB of ram and an integrated video card.

    My 5-year old QuickSilver Mac is still bringing over $800 on ebay, show me any PC that old that has any resale value. I guarantee it won’t be a Dell, HP or Gateway.

    Macs run and run and run without the user needing to become a system-guru. I know there are a few trolls who enjoy tweaking their Windows boxes and claim they’re just as good and stable, total BS. I’ve had plenty of calls from Windows users (who know I have a studio filled with computers), they mistakingly think because of my high-tech work-place that I can help them solve their woes.

    It is so great to be able to say “I’m sorry I can’t help you with Windows, I use Macs”. Lately I append that with “did you know you can get a Mac for under $500?” I have helped sell over a dozen Mini’s this way.

    A MacMini for Internet use equals lower out-of-pocket cost than 3-years of “anti-virus anti-spyware anti-popup anti-problem” software for Windows, not to mention humping the box back and forth to CompUSA and paying their low-tech service fools installation/configuration fees.

    Now, which version of Vista are you going to get? MS has announced eight SKUs for LongTurd, what a joke. They can’t make one version that’s seriously right. The MS shell game marches on.

    Peace

  9. Dave H,
    Apple Ram, when bought with your iMac isn’t bad – at least not in the UK

    Apple (when bought with iMac)
    512MB: 1x512MB + £0
    1GB: 2x512MB = £70.01
    1GB: 1x1GB = £70.01
    2GB: 2x1GB = £210.01

    Apple (starting from 512MB then bought seperately)
    1GB: 1x512MB + 1x512MB (default) = £69.99 + postage
    1.5GB: 1x1GB + 1x512MB (default) = £210.00
    2GB: 2x1GB + 1x512MB (default) = £420.00 – whatever you can sell the spare apple stick for

    Crucial combos
    1GB: 2x512MB + £88.11
    1.5GB: 1x1GB (from apple) + 1x512MB = £158.12
    1.5GB: 1x1GB + 1x512MB (from apple) = £124.54
    2GB: 1x1GB + 1x1GB (from apple) = £194.55
    2(.5)GB: 2x1GB + 1x512MB (from apple) = £259.08 – whatever you can sell the spare apple stick for

    The trick appears to be to get 1GB from apple with your iMac then buy another gig from crucial, or buy 2GB from crucial and find someone to pay full price for the 512MB that comes with your iMac. Definitely don’t buy Ram from apple on its own though!

  10. “I got a 20” iMac for a gift for someone, it sucks, there is no software and it’s slow, the beach ball spins regardless of the “oh it’s 2x faster” processor.”

    Go on…

    “If you open it up to try to replace the slow ass hard drive, you violate the warranty and the seals in place. Plus the connector is not standard, it’s something OEM.”

    Wrongo — as someone who workings on iMac everyday, and knows the insides — it’s a standard SATA drive that spins at same rate as your PowerMac G5

    Yea it’s a dual core, but it shares a bus and memory controler, it can only access 2 GB of RAM.

    It’s a CONSUMER machine… wait until the pro machines come out.

    “My dual 2 Ghz proccesors G5 absolutely smokes it and it uses slower processors.”

    The Bus speeds are slower…. again… you’re comparing a consumer machine to a pro machine… wait until the PowerMac’s intel counterpart comes out to judge.

  11. Macs King:

    “A MacMini for Internet use equals lower out-of-pocket cost than 3-years of “anti-virus anti-spyware anti-popup anti-problem” software for Windows, not to mention humping the box back and forth to CompUSA and paying their low-tech service fools installation/configuration fees.”

    Exactly right. I got tired of fixing my Dad’s HP and took him down to the Apple Store to buy a real computer.

    He picked out a Mac mini, iPod mini, and a Bluetooth Mouse/Keyboard combo. He could not be happier and has moved his entire business over to the Mac.

    He thanks me all the time. He can’t believe the money he was wasting on anti-malware programs and “fixes” (not to mention the time he has saved by not having to run all of that crap).

    The fact that OS X is beautiful, stable, and easy to use is just gravy to him.

    Hey don’t get mad at me.:

    I used to look down at Macs because of their small market share. I thought if most people use Windows, it must be better.

    Just ask yourself (as I did), when was the last time the vast majority of people did the smart thing. Also, what is the major barrier to Mac ownership cited by most Windows users? Price.

    Porsche has a tiny market share. What is the major barrier to Porsche ownership? Price.

    Just because a product makes up a small segment of the market, doesn’t mean it’s bad (especially if it’s perceived as more expensive).

    In the end it comes down to value. Apple Macs are great values for the money. The fact that most people don’t see that doesn’t change how great they are.

    ~M

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