Does anyone wish Apple had not switched to Intel and stayed with IBM and the PowerPC?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by BluePAZ, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. BluePAZ macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2007
    I like my Powerbook G4 better than my MacBook Pro and i was wondering else is it just me or do other people like their PowerPC Macs over their Intel ones?
  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    Why do like your older, slower computer better than your newer faster one? :confused: Is it just nostalgia?
  3. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    What has the CPU got to do with how much you like your computer? The only noticeable difference between one type of CPU and another running the same OS would be speed. You would only notice a difference if you were a developer.
  5. Daveway macrumors 68040


    Jul 10, 2004
    New Orleans / Lafayette, La
    No I don't wish it. And although people thought it was the end of the world when it was announced, I can now say it was quite possibly the best decision ever made by Apple.
  6. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Well I didn't like the MacBook because I didn't want plastic casing. And, I didn't want the 15" MacBook Pro because I liked the footprint and weight of the 12" G4 powerbook better.

    So, my dislike of the first rounds of intel-based machines had just about nothing to do with the chips. I did think it was smart of Apple to make the move. Unsettling, but smart!

    Got the MB Air and I love it for the fast startup and the quietness. And that wonderful black keyboard with the illumination. Nicest kb since sometime in the 1990s. I am so happy that it doesn't have the heft of the 15" Powerbook when it's sitting on my leg on the couch. My powerbooks can relax and become desktop machines!
  7. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    There were a couple of reasons to love PowerPC based Macs over the years:
    - intro of G3 (Pentium toastin')
    - intro of G4 (AltiVec!!)
    - intro of G5 (the PPC "saviour".... Dual 2.0 GHz, 2 x 1 GHz FSB.. etc.)
    - being kinda "different" could be considered cool.....

    But there were many reasons to hate PowerPC too:
    - G4 kept running @ max. 500 MHz for 18 months... (The Pentium 3's were definitely toasting the G4's by then..)
    - Use of Windows in Virtual PC (or other emulators) was horrid.
    - the gr8 G5 couldn't be put in a PowerBook (eh.... no I am not going to say it :p )
    - Even the superb G5 hit the "wall"... liquid cooling et all, but never 3.0 GHz!
    - Linux distros for PowerPC were too few available...
    - being "different" could stir up all kind of irritating arguments...

    Now we have Intels, we have many more reasons to love our Macs:
    - Can't beat them? Join em... now we also have the latest and gr8est from Intel.
    - Use of Virtualisation for fast Windows use... or even Boot Camp: The easiest way to get Windows to work perfectly on ANY computer!
    - Switchers can much more easily move over to Mac, tnx to easy Windows integration.
    - Let your Intel Mac run any OS you choose!

    Let's be honest, the Intel based Mac is the most versatile personal computer ever!
    And for speed..... the early 2008 Mac Pro is the best price - performance Mac ever made.

    So, in short.... to answer your question:
  8. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2002
    New thread, similar question... ;)

    Very happy with the Intel switch. I wasn't when I first heard about it, but then, I had only had my PMG5 about a month.

    PPC in 2008 would look something like this:
    G4 1.9998GHz (167MHz FSB)
    G5 2.9998GHz (with a 1.49999 FSB) - cooling necessary

    Nope. It was tiresome watching PPC lag.
  9. Masquerade macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2007
    the nicest design ever, the titanium powerbook. the rest is history
  10. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    No.....Intel is faster...why would anyone want slower chips?

    Plus Windows and more types of Linux run on could that be bad? More choices.....
  11. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I prefer my 68040 Motorola Quadra over my 24" iMac. Because it has ADB ports on it.
  12. Flyer0815 macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2007
    I agree. The transition to Intel really made the Mac mainstream. Coupled with the iPod halo effect, the Mac has seen some awesome growth since then... I would never want to go back to the G4 - G5 days.

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