Buying a Powerbook(protools question)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by supersalzme, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2005
    So everybody is going crazy over the switch, but my question is simple:

    Will protools (from what you know) run any faster on the new intel macs (I'm talking the first generation)..or should I just get a powerbook now? I have been wanting to get a powerbook for awhile now, and I don't care about programs such as photoshop or final cut pro...just the newest version of protools LE (basically the one that comes with the newest Mbox).

    What should I do?
  2. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2005
  3. macrumors 65816


    Oct 28, 2004
    Tamarindo, Costa Rica
    When Apple introduces new products they are usually faster. If you need it get it, don't waste your life waiting for a computer.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2005
    But from what I have read third party applications won't run as fast with the new line of I way off?
  5. macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Right now Protools 7 M-Powered and LE are optimized to run on Tiger,
    so I wouldn't worry too much. Any application upgrades over the next few years will use universal binaries.

    Anyway, the sofware you buy today that works on your machine now will still work on that machine regardless of future upgrades.

    I know several people who are still running ProTools in OS9
    It still works today as it did 7 years ago.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 24, 2005
    I know it will work...I guess I'm asking...what do YOU think I should do? Mactel...or the current powerbook?
  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2005
    New Zealand
    Don't even think about waiting for an x86 PowerBook. The fact is that Digidesign are notorious for not having an update ready in time for the release of new software/hardware. Also, if Rosetta doesn't have AltiVec support (although it is rumoured to now...), then, as I understand it, you won't be able to run a PPC version of Pro Tools at all on an Intel PowerBook at all as all versions of Pro Tools after Pro Tools 6.0 require AltiVec.

    But, then again, maybe Digidesign may have their act together this time 'round...
  8. macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    I'm not sure what kind of answers you're looking for. Nobody here knows which processor will be used in the new intel macs, so nobody knows how much faster they will run. In addition, nobody knows when they will be released, and therefore, nobody knows if pro tools will be ported to a universal binary in time or if it will need to run under emulation.

    Your guess is as good as anybody else's.

    Personally, if I needed a Powerbook now, I would buy one now.

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