“Change is inevitable, and that’s generally a good thing. Granted, you won’t find many dinosaurs happy about the sudden climate change 65.5 million years ago, but in the grand scheme of things the world today is a better place because of it, at least if you ask us mammals,” Peter Lewis writes for Fortune Magazine. “And so it is with Apple’s decision to evolve the Macintosh line of personal computers, changing to Intel microprocessors and away from the PowerPC chips that have been the foundation of the Mac family for the past epoch.”
“Computing dinosaurs will complain that many of their favorite Macintosh software applications and peripherals no longer work (or don’t work as well) on the Intel-based Macs. Their complaints, although likely to be temporary, are valid. However, after testing two of the new Intel Core Duo–based Macs–the 15-inch MacBook Pro portable and the 20-inch iMac desktop–it is clear to me that in many ways Apple has improved on what were already two of the best computers on the planet and has built a better foundation for the future,” Lewis writes. “Apple users eager to switch to the Core Duo Macs need to be aware of the short-term headaches of changing processor platforms. Apple is consistently ahead of its PC rivals in terms of features, functions, and design, but in this case it’s also ahead of software and peripherals makers.”
“Almost all the major Macintosh software makers have announced that future versions of their programs will be “universal,” able to run on both Intel and PowerPC Macs. Meanwhile, the new Macs come with software called Rosetta that allows most older PowerPC software to run on the MacIntel platform,” Lewis explains. “Another warning flag: Current antivirus software will not work on the Intel Macs, which is troubling, given the recent appearance of the first known Mac OS X-specific worms and viruses.”
MacDailyNews Take: That’s gotta be the world’s most ridiculous “warning flag” ever flown. See our take in Apple VP: impact of Mac OS X security threats ‘minimal’.
Lewis continues, “If I had to replace my current PowerBook G4 right away–and had $2,000 to $3,000 to spend–I would get the MacBook Pro without hesitation. It’s the evolved Mac, and it’s intelligently designed. But my theory is that if you’re not in a rush, it’s best to wait for the software to catch up.”
Full article here.
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