Why don’t you have Intel Inside?

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The announcement of the Intel switch sent us spinning. Developers rioted. The Mac devout were stunned. Then Steve said “It’s just a chip, and you can click these check boxes to build fat binaries” and things settled down a little.

Except a few things are still lacking on the Intel side of the house. I haven’t switched yet simply because I need a tower, which we know is coming and everyone seems to think it will come by year’s end. By that time there is a better chance that the apps I use every day will be offered up fat binary, which is another reason I’ve refrained from leaping over.

What about you? Why haven’t you got Intel Inside your Mac yet?

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lseven

Unless the prices drop, I’m waiting for a black iMac or the new PowerMacs.

DeMYSTiFieD

(Q) Why don’t I have Intel inside?

(A) Because AMD is better? ;)

Seriously, the iMac Core Duo (Early 2006 edition) has frightening birth defects. Its foibles — like cooling fans spinning wildly, comatose peripherals, and a schizophrenic operating system — suggest that the printed circuit board is to blame.

Doc

But I do have a MacBook Pro- replaced a 4 year old PB Titanium- what an upgrade- the best of the 5 Mac books I have owned- the only down side was waiting for 8 months for the product to ship after the Intel switch was announced.

Jeffrey

I am going to Afghanistan in January for a year and I wouldn’t want to risk having my Apple break. So when I get back I’ll probably get one to replace the 800mhz Imac G4 that I have now.

Bill Schutt

One more hold off for financial reasons. Also I would wait until the next generation, always good to let someone else find the bugs first.

Eric

My 17″ PowerBook 1GHz is ONLY a little over 3 years old. I expect it will run another 3 without much trouble. Damn Adobe abandoned FrameMaker support for Mac instead of porting to it Mac OS X — so I need Classic (Mac OS 9) just for FrameMaker. However, I might just buy another PowerPC PowerBook while I still can.

Marksy

yeah… prolly the same as most peeps… money and i dont really wanna cart around a 15″. i find the 12″ super portable… i dunno.. perhaps if i hadda play with one in the reals, then perhaps i could be convinced.

im definately going to go the portables range though. im gunna be travelling a lot this year so dont want to have to ship a tower, mini or imac around.

i think i will wait for news after the WWDC in August.. Fingers crossed they will have a broader range of intellimacs in the wlld.

definately done with the PPC… thanks, it was a fun ride… but now its time to move on. Really glad we can now install Windows because i bought HL2 for Windows just before my old PC died. That will prolly be the only reason for installing windows… maybe for some css testing.. but mainly for HL2… and perhaps those virus and malwares i SO miss… :)

Curt

Because Apple needs to build a TRULY full featured intel laptop that doesn’t weigh four pounds is too big.

If Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, and others can build a 2lb portable, there’s no reason Apple cannot.

Garry

I bought a G5 iMac last year. I don’t need a new computer.

I don’t play games, I use my mac for productive things. Maybe a year after all the software I use becomes universal, then I’ll get a new computer.

What’s amusing to me is everyone is basing their opinions on Boot camp with version ONE of PREVIEW software. No one knows what boot camp will look like once leopard is demoed in August.

Jan Garcia

My 4 year old powerbook is getting pretty slow so I plan on getting an Intel version of the Powermac when it comes out. Now that Final Cut Studio is available in Universal Binary, I have nothing to wait for…I can wait for Adobe CS3, whenever that comes out.

howard

I got my MacBook Pro on Friday and am loving it. Parallels works great for those rare occasions when I need Windows. Cinema4D screams on it and 1080p movie trailers are amazing. It gets real warm, but there’s hardly a need for a desktop with the power this thing has. CS2 will complete things nicely.

justme

I plan to get a MacBook Pro 15″ if they resolve some of the rev a shortcomings.

1. no built-in modem.. I can’t depend on a tiny dongle for connectivity that may (WILL) get lost when idiots at TSA rummage through my bag and stare at my laptop like it’s the monolith in 2001… Arriving in an overseas hotel, discovering they offer wifi, but it’s down, and that the modem is missing would cost me allot of money not being able to communicate with clients. Built-in modem is *needed* for laptop users for the foreseeable future.

2. No DL DVD burning. I hope rev b will fix this, even if it requires the rev b to be .1″ thicker…

3. ExpressCard /54: /34 profile cards offer fewer options.. Right now, only esata cards are /54, same with FireWire 800… /34 is too narrow for use as a memory card adaptor for my Canon… Hell there are tuner cards in the /54 format.. Dumb limitation I hope will be resolved in rev b.

So, that and the fact that I never buy rev a of any computer hardware…

Also hope to get a mini rev b if they add a BTO option for better graphics… (will never buy any computer with Intel Integrated crap)

Limeybloke

I would like a proper redesign of the powerbook.
The Macbook Pro is very nice but lacks a modem (at least without paying extra so it’s not space it’s penny pinching), FW800, SPDIF I/O (and even the Mini has that), a currently useful card slot, a CTRL-Click button (all the mice now have it) and has an inferior Superdrive.
I would guess this is because they rushed it to market to take advantage of the early chip availability and had to use stock boards with no FW 800 support etc and a quick re-spec of the Alu Powerbook.
I expect new designs in 6 months and by then there’ll be more native software and maybe even Leopard.
That’ll be when I succumb.

Patrick

‘ju:femaiz: interesting points about the digital lifestyle. You’re right in that sense that everyone is leaning more towards that digital lifestyle, myself included. But my question really is this:

Is our “contentment threshold” diminishing? No offense to the poster about not switching — a valid question. But there’s some truth to that Saturday Nigh Live skit about the “inviso ipod“.

'ju:femaiz

Awaiting the G5 upgrade (and thus saving my pennies for it!)

Patrick: that’d be fine if people didn’t want the digital lifestyle available to us now. Examples include: RAW photograph files, Video Editing, Graphic Development, more realistic Gaming (though for that I’d personally spend the money on a console) etc etc

Same reason we want more efficient cars, more relaxing houses etc. We want to have a better lifestyle.

Patrick

No need. My G4 pbook suits me just fine.

On a different note..
[soapbox]
As a developer I’m kinda of fascinated by the need for speed.. Honestly two perspectives come to mind: As consumers, are we really more productive with faster hardware? As developers haven’t we become lazier in our development for cleaner and optimized code relying more and more on hardware processing?
[/soapbox]

33Nick

Same thing here, I am waiting for a tower but my question was why Apple went with Intel especially for the lame excuse that Intel has a good “road map”. BS. Switchers like me know that Intel doesn’t have a great road map and that it is confusing at best. What about AMD? AMD has a definite and better road map UNLESS Apple knows something we don’t.

As far as boot camp, yawn yawn boring. When I can run an instance of Windows 2000 when I want simultaneously, I will be interested but not dual boot. Dual boot is a pain and not very productive. PLUS, it won’t switch people over. People are lazy and will stick to XP on their Macs…

vanni

Lets see. In june I bought a 12″ powerbook. Then in July I bought a dual G5 tower… do the math! It will three years before i get intel’d. ;-)

Erik

Bought a MacBook to replace iBook for Photoshop and Dreamweaver development. It’s pretty slow on the Adobe suite. I’m dying for them to come out with the Universal editions.

Twist

My reason is the same as some of the others: money. I would love to have either a tower or a MacBook Pro. I do tech support for a guy who bought the IiMac though and I have to say that it looks to be a pretty good machine but as someone who has to worry about accurate colors I am still not sure that I am ready to use an LCD as my main display (I connect a CRT to my iBook). But mainly I want something that is either portable or upgradable. I would really love to see a lower-end Core Duo (maybe with a Core Quad option) powered tower. Something not quite as beefy or expensive as the PowerMac’s are but something with some upgradability and internal expansion options.

Mahalis

Because I can’t afford it. I’d buy one in an instant if I could sell my Powerbook. I know everyone’s heard horror stories about the Macbooks, but nobody I’ve talked to who has one has had any problems at all.

Eric

I want to put my G4 Quicksilver tower out to grass, and replace it with a Mac mini dual-core. However, I need a home Mac that can double up as a development Mac if my laptop is stolen or breaks, and I need to have mySQL and other software running the same versions as on my clients’ Macs. I’m not sure about that compatibility right now, so it looks like I’m stuck for a while. It’s also nice to wait a short while to see if anything breaks.

Andrew Creek

Because there are no choices. Personally I plan on using the next computer I get for pc/mac gaming so I want to get a pretty powerful setup.

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