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MacBytes
Feb 1, 2006, 09:09 AM
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SiliconAddict
Feb 1, 2006, 09:45 AM
I've been telling people, who think I'm nuts for buying a Intel Mac this early, time and again that this is a future proofing move. Yes the first 6 month to a year is going to be tough and I'll be highly dependant on Rosetta but things will improve in short order. Leopard will be out in prob about a year. More optimizations of the iLife Package will prob occur at MWSF '07. More UB apps will ship by WWDC '06 as more Intel based Macs are released. All the while I'm kicking along with my MacBook Pro. Happy with ever update Apple releases.

iJon
Feb 1, 2006, 10:35 AM
I've been telling people, who think I'm nuts for buying a Intel Mac this early, time and again that this is a future proofing move. Yes the first 6 month to a year is going to be tough and I'll be highly dependant on Rosetta but things will improve in short order. Leopard will be out in prob about a year. More optimizations of the iLife Package will prob occur at MWSF '07. More UB apps will ship by WWDC '06 as more Intel based Macs are released. All the while I'm kicking along with my MacBook Pro. Happy with ever update Apple releases.
I've been keeping track of lots of apps, and from the looks of it, most of the ones I use are already universal. It's those Adobe apps that I will have to wait for.

jon

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Feb 1, 2006, 10:45 AM
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I played with a 20" Intel iMac... the thing is SO SO FAST on almost any app that I use. Compared to my saddddd Mac mini! I was drooling in disbelief at the Garageband startup time. Word and Excel were at very acceptable speeds. Most of the apps I use are already universal, and for the infrequent times I use Adobe/Macromedia products, I can just use the lag time to make a photocast or something ;)

nagromme
Feb 1, 2006, 11:34 AM
The people who will find Rosetta a step BACK are the people who are "sidegrading" from another very recent and comparable computer to THIS very recent computer. People who go from a G5 to a Core Duo, and use a lot of Rosetta apps, won't see the benefit for a while.

But how many people do that? It's their choice, but I'm sure MOST buyers of a computer aren't replacing another new-ish computer. They're replacing an older one, or at least a lower-end one. G4s and older Pentium-class machines. So they WILL often see a speed benefit, even with Rosetta apps.

Yvan256
Feb 1, 2006, 12:06 PM
So, where's my Mac mini Pro? (twice as thick, 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM drive, dual-core 1.83GHz, four memory slots, Radeon X1600/256MB).

Price it at twice the basic Mac mini and I'll buy it. I don't wanna pay for the LCD of the iMac and I sure don't need the complete expendability (and price) of a Mac Pro.

nagromme
Feb 1, 2006, 12:29 PM
I think a mid-range headless is likely to be the next class of computer Apple gets into. It seems like there's interest. When? No telling...

SiliconAddict
Feb 1, 2006, 01:08 PM
I've been keeping track of lots of apps, and from the looks of it, most of the ones I use are already universal. It's those Adobe apps that I will have to wait for.

jon

Ditto. There seems to be a buckshot patter to the holes though. No doubt it will get filled as the year progresses. I personally and hoping that Path Finder gets updated sooner rather then later. They are in a holding pattern because of Stuffit lack of UB support for their engine.

SiliconAddict
Feb 1, 2006, 01:10 PM
I played with a 20" Intel iMac... the thing is SO SO FAST on almost any app that I use. Compared to my saddddd Mac mini! I was drooling in disbelief at the Garageband startup time. Word and Excel were at very acceptable speeds. Most of the apps I use are already universal, and for the infrequent times I use Adobe/Macromedia products, I can just use the lag time to make a photocast or something ;)


Can I ask how much RAM and what speed hard drive you have in your Mini? 512MB of RAM should be MINIMUM and a 5400 RPM drive should round out the device nicely.



So, where's my Mac mini Pro? (twice as thick, 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM drive, dual-core 1.83GHz, four memory slots, Radeon X1600/256MB).

Price it at twice the basic Mac mini and I'll buy it. I don't wanna pay for the LCD of the iMac and I sure don't need the complete expendability (and price) of a Mac Pro.

The Mac Mini (if its keeps its current design justification. That is to entice switchers at a price point that doesn’t make people’s wallets scream in terror.) will probably ship with an Intel Core Solo, 512MB of RAM, a 5400 drive, a 64MB onboard video card (Probably along the lines of ATI’s X series. Maybe a X300?)
However if Apple morphs this thing into a home entertainment theatre PC I could see a larger faster hard drive, possibly a low-end dual core, a line in for video, a cable card slot, HDMI interface, and a nice new remote. It all depends on where Apple wants to go with the product line or if they want to split it into the Mac Mini and something else. We all know that Jobs isn’t a fan of having a huge range of products. This was evident when he came back as CEO and axed most of Apple’s product line. So realistically if they are eyeing the home theatre market they probably will have the Mini do double duty. Put it under your TV or put it under your monitor. Its up to you. The thing is Apple knows that $500 is the sweet spot right now. They start jacking up the price and they will loose potential sales. They have a balancing act to manage with the Mini and slapping all kinds of hardware, increasing the size, and increasing the price tips it to a side that I'm pretty sure Apple doesn't want.