Re: Would buying a Core Mac be worth it?
- From: bcr07548@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: 7 Apr 2006 14:22:09 -0700
For better or worse the PC industry follows Microsoft, and 64-bit
Windows won't be common until Vista ships. That is a large part
of the reason why Intel can sell a 32-bit chip. AMD was shipping
64-bit chips for desktop computers two years ago, but Intel knows
that is a niche market until x86-64 Windows arrives.
That is certainly true of Wintel machines where there is little hope
for hardware that isn't supported by Windows but Apple has remained
more independent. They are their own niche. Since Apple writes its
own OS, it isn't necessarily bound to the same trends. They can make
whatever hardware they want since they write the OS that runs on it. I
think the G5 is a fair example of that. What was going on in the
Windows world didn't matter much because even if the 64-bit version of
Windows was more prominent, there still wouldn't be any cross-over
between the two systems - you couldn't one OS on the other machine.
Do you think the introduction of Boot Camp will causeI think this would have happened with or without Boot Camp.
Mac and PC hardware to move along at a closer rate?
There is no reason for Apple to be behind the curve anymore,
and you can see that in the iMac and MacBook Pro. I think
with Boot Camp it's become clear that Apple is going after
the entire home PC market. Every PC manufacturer other
than Dell should be looking over their shoulder in fright.
:-) I would be glad if Apple could take over a little more of the
market. It seems like there is enough interest if Apple could just
remedy a few problems. I think that moving to a POSIX-based OS (which
already has a lot of support in the business world) was a good step
toward a commercially marketable alternative to Windows.
I think I will go ahead and buy an Intel iBook when they come out.I agree, and it's Intel's own fault. AMD beat them to 64-bit and stole
I just think that Core is somewhat of a step back in a lot of ways.
that market. Intel realized they could take their time in that race,
and instead focused on mass market low-power chips. I think both
companies made good moves, and hopefully by next year everyone
will be selling low-power, mass-market, 64-bit chips. But as a
consequence, 32-bit chips will be with us for quite some time.
I was shocked to find out that Core wasn't 64-bit. After AMD did so
well with 64-bit processors and even started putting them in laptops, I
figured that the new Macs would have been Intel's chance to push 64-bit
chips in a larger (but controlled) market, especially since the G5 had
already moved Macs in that direction. Instead, we ended up with
Intel's push to revitalize the Pentium M line. :-(
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