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Summary:

There’s an interesting survey over at MacWorld where they interviewed some people about their thoughts on the PowerPC to Intel switch, the effects on sales, what the new machines will be like, and how well the migration will go.

There’s an interesting survey over at MacWorld.

One of the key extracts:

Asked how Apple’s decision to change chip suppliers could affect their decision to buy a new Mac in the next 12 months, a third of the 414 panelists surveyed by market-research firm Karlin Associates said they would be less likely to make that purchase.


So what was predicted on the day of the announcement seems to be coming true; PPC sales are likely to flatten out while people wait for the new machines to make it to the stores. This could mean there are going to be some bargains on the way; but seriously, would you want to buy a machine that was going to obselete in a few years? If it was cheap, I’d be tempted to say yes. Afterall, even if Apple kill OS X for PowerPC two years after the transition is complete, that’s still going to be 2009; four years away, and software and applications will continue working for a long time after that. Time to set up that Mini cluster ;)

Here’s another key extract:

Eighteen percent of the panelists surveyed believe Macs with Intel chips will be faster than ones using PowerPC processors; another 15 percent expect the Intel machines to be cheaper. And 29 percent said they believe Intel-based Macs will be both faster and cheaper than their PowerPC counterparts.full report.

So most people expect them to be faster. That’s an interesting thought, considering the G5 was sold on its speed when compared to Intel equivalents. Let’s hope that works out.

Finally, 67% of those reviewed reckon the transition will take place with only a few bumps. Let’s hope that too is the case. If there are any significant bumps, it could spell the end for Apple. Hopefully their few years of experience running OS X on Intel before they released it to the world will help.

  1. As I’ve told people, I think the PowerMacs will be the last to go Intel because the PowerMacs are Apple’s “speed” machines.

    From everything I’ve seen and heard, the IBM PowerPC 750 stomps anything from Intel into the sod–if the code has been optimized. Aye, there’s the rub.

    Remember one of the tenets of RISC is that the compiler/developer does all the work. If they don’t, the performance is only so-so. But if they do–zowie! What a difference!

    That’s why I think you’ll see PowerBooks/iBooks first–the Pentium M is a nice mobile chip–and probably the Mac mini by the end of 2006. You might see the iMac G5 switched by mid-2007.

    So I think Apple is giving Intel a couple of years to get out of their “megahertz is king” mentality. Intel certainly has incentive to do it, with AMD breathing down their neck. Whether they will be successful is anyone’s guess, but in a couple of years you might see PowerMacs with AMD instead of Intel. Or maybe IBM will decide that “Power Everywhere” should include the desktop and, with Sony & Microsoft out of the way, come up with a PowerPC that Apple can’t afford to ignore.

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  2. I’ve never understood why this HAS to be an either/or proposition. It can’t be a software development resources problem, since OS X on Intel has been developed along side PPC from the begging. Why an Intel exclusive? Apple has been burned by every chip manufacturer it has given an exclusive to. Why not continue developing for both and use whoever is the top gun at the time in that model of Mac? Let Intel, AMD, IBM, and Freescale all compete with each other and we’ll end up with the best the market has to offer.

    All monopolies lead to mediocrity,

    Scott

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  3. Why are you confusing what a specific class of people say they might do, with what is actually happening in Apple’s sales?

    It would be useful to report sales numbers. Reporting that someone “did a survey” and “got some responses” fails to prove any point. You are not reporting facts, you are just jumping to conclusions using poor statistical methodology.

    People who respond to a web survey about Intel Macs obviously have some interest in the subject already. Ask a few random people in an Apple store who are considering a Mac purchase. Do they care who makes the microprocessor?

    Everything isn’t a fact.

    If people did what they say, the exit polls wouldn’t have suggested that Bush lost the US election.

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  4. Web surveys cannot be taken as face value, when will you people realize that?

    Any web surveys should include a disclaimer about the 50% margin of error they have.

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  5. If you ask people “what’s your favorite color, red, green, or blue?” 1/3 will pick each. A survey that says 1/3 of the people are less likely to buy is returning the same results as one where people picked “less”, “more” or “about the same” at random.

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  6. I think the number is meaningless, because it doesn’t give any indication of whether any of those people asked were going to NEED to buy a new computer before the MacIntel systems are released. So while I can (and will) afford to wait for the new systems, someone whose PowerMac G4 733 is dying cannot afford to wait, even less so if he’s using his system to earn a living.

    I think Jason’s advice is sound though. In fact, if I did need a new system right now, I’d plump for the top of the line 2.7ghz PowerMac G5. I’d get it with as much RAM and disk space as possible, too. Might as well, nu? If I’m not going to buy another new system for three or four years, I might as well make sure I’m as comfortable as I can be with my new system.

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  7. Well, three months ago I bought the core 2 duo imac. It’ll boot up faster than any ppc I’ve owned. I can be ripping and encoding a video, listening to streaming music and surfing the net, all at the same time. It is a true multitasker. Do not buy a g3,g4 or g5!
    My only complaint is with the bootcamp software. A couple interesting things happen once bootcamp and windows are installed. The system time is always wrong in either os, even if the sync with server is set. Lots and lots of burn errors when trying to burn a cd or dvd in either os. Ah well, those are the breaks I guess. Especially when you own the rolls royce of computers!

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  8. i tranfered my information and after i ejected the firewire i could not acces my information so ca i access it if i keep the firewire in and drag my information on to my new mac?

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