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I’ve had the conversation a few times already.  I’m sure many of you have as well.  “Do I get a first revision Intel Mac, or do I wait until the hype dies, and bugs are worked out of the hardware/software?” A day or so after The […]

I’ve had the conversation a few times already.  I’m sure many of you have as well.  “Do I get a first revision Intel Mac, or do I wait until the hype dies, and bugs are worked out of the hardware/software?”

A day or so after The Keynote a couple weeks back, my good friend called me to see what I’d do.  He was in an interesting situation – he bought his G5 iMac 29 days prior…  So he wanted to know if I’d return my brandnew G5 iMac and opt instead for the even brand-newer (I know that’s not a word) Core Duo Intel iMac.

I of course had to give the responsible answer first, “For what you’ll be using it for, it’s not going to make a difference.”  That said, I went on, “But if I were in your shoes, I’d definitely go for the Intel iMac!”  He agreed – he likes the cutting edge, probable bugs or not.

So what are you doing, dear readers?  If you’re in the market for a new machine – or if you’ve just got money burning a hole in your pocket – what are you planning to do?  Wait it out a bit longer, or plunge into the Brave New World feet first?

And if you’ve already taken the plunge, any regrets or feedback for the rest of us?

  1. This all comes down to the applications you run. In my case, I run my personal recording studio on my Powerbook, and an Intel version of CuBase is not yet available, so I have to wait. I’m also concerned about other stuff: WebLogic, Virtual PC, Cisco VPN – these are all crucial for me.

    I just went through this conversation with a friend earlier today, and I heartily recommended he get a new iMac. He’s only going to use it for the typical home-based things: email, web browsing, iTunes, etc., so he should be just fine.

    I typically tell people to wait a bit if they can, but for those who are tired of fighting viruses & spyware on their PCs and are anxious to switch, I say go for it!

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  2. My university owns a couple iMac Core Duos already. It’s pretty fast, and very nice. I work in the support office where they installed one. Of course, that would be too nice for me to use, so they obviously took it away, and they now use it to serve up pointless student videos on a plasma display. Talk about overkill… no one ever looks at the thing. It hasn’t crashed yet, and it’s been running FrontRow and various other video-playing apps 24/7.

    They’re nice computers, as long as they can be used for something that is actually useful. A fast machine like that should be used for something, though. Not just sitting there… doing nothing. It is fast, though. I can testify to that.

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  3. I think getting an intel mac depends on what you need it for and what you currently have. Also bear in mind that Apple is still selling the G5 iMac, so if you need a new mac but don’t want to live on the cutting edge you can still get the G5.

    As for me, I’ve been living on a 1Ghz AlBook and dual-1Ghz G4 desktop for a while now and I definitely need an upgrade. I was waiting for MacWorld and the day after I placed my order for a MacBook Pro, which I later changed to an Intel iMac after a re-evaluation of my needs.

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  4. By the way, the Intel iMac runs very hot… emphasis on “very”. It could be even warmer than the G5 PowerMacs…. I’m not sure.

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  5. I had a friend buy a 2 GHz Core Duo iMac with 512 megs of RAM and I am very unimpressed with the system performance. Using the universal build of XBench my 1 GHz iBook G4 with 768 megs of RAM scores a 36 overall but the iMac only scored a 55 (and that was the best score we got). I know upgrading the RAM will help his score quite a bit but I still think that out of the box it should beat a year and a half old iBook by at least 2x.

    Truly I think it is largely a software issue. Based on the tech specs of the GPU and the OpenGL scores I believe that the Intel iMac’s should and will get much higher scores on the Quartz and Interface tests once the OS is better optimized. The hit to the floating point score is to be expected though and sort of makes me think that Apple should go back to including a separate floating point unit like they did with some of the older machines.

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  6. I’m going to disagree. Mine came in a little over a week ago and I can’t be any happier with a desktop machine. It doesn’t run hot at all, it’s extremely speedy (1Gb RAM, of course) and it’s dead sexy.

    The ONLY reason I’m keeping my Windows machine right now is because Adobe has yet to release universal binaries…

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  7. I have a iMac G5 revB and I’m satisfied with this 64-bit baby and will buy a 64-bit MacIntel Macbook when they become available. I take it they will come out later this year about the same time Photoshop and Vista or whatever MFSF is calling the new system software. I’m thankful for all those who support Apple MacIntels now :-)

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  8. “Using the universal build of XBench…”

    From everything I’ve heard, the XBench results do not accurately reflect the speed of these machines. I’d try some actual tasks on it before deciding that your iBook is faster.

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  9. Against my better judgement, I’ve pre-ordered a MacBook Pro… 2Gb, 7200rpm HDD. My existing Powerbook needs some repairs, and I cant face being without it. So once I get the MacBook, I can send the old one off before passing it on to the missus.

    My bigest concern is over the performance os Photoshop under Rosetta. I’m hoping that its not going to be too awful, and hope that Adobe pull their fingers out and manage to do an earlier than planned release of PS with Universal binaries.

    Apart from PS, I’ll be using the mb for Java and Obj-c development, so that should benefit from the speedy new cores.

    [fx: waiting with baited breath]

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  10. Impressive system. However there are times we must revert back to OS 9, classic is not dead Apple. My bets are OS 9 doesn’t work on the new systems!

    Currently my system is a dual G4 and it works great, no reason to upgrade YET. No Core video and it is HOT, but for the price I paid only a couple of years ago I’m holding out to see the rest of the Intel line is first.

    Love the Mac Minis. They are perfect for the little tasks, one has run 24/7 since the day they were released, not a single complaint. (well ok one, lack of storage space). Can’t wait to see what Apple does next with these little babies.

    We’re shopping for a Xserve G5, for what they do I don’t see why we need to wait, sure faster is better. But right now they are wonderful systems.

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