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    Buy now or wait for Intel?
    Should I wait to buy a mac until the ones with Intel chips come out? I have a PB G4 right now, but I was thinking about buying a desktop at the end of the summer, I am saving up my money from my job, and I could get more if I wait even longer, until the ones with Intel chips start rolling around. I was just wondering what all of you thought as well.

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    Perhaps one of these threads may hold an answer for you
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20090
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20160
    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19821
    There are others, a search for "buy intel" or something like that should turn them up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aantoine90
    Should I wait to buy a mac until the ones with Intel chips come out? I have a PB G4 right now, but I was thinking about buying a desktop at the end of the summer, I am saving up my money from my job, and I could get more if I wait even longer, until the ones with Intel chips start rolling around. I was just wondering what all of you thought as well.
    I say wait depending on the speed of your Powerbook. What you should do now is go get a bluetooth mouse and Keyboard and a real good LCD monitor. Then use your PB as a desktop while at home.

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    I am personally waiting for intel.

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    wait for intel mate, u don't wanna be stuck with ppc especially when u know intel is gonna roll out in about a year or so..

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    If your system is doing everything you want it to do, with no problems. Then I would wait.

    I on the other hand have a Ti powerbook, which I think ti is time to upgrade. I will most likely getting a powermac this fall after I move into my new house.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strider
    wait for intel mate, u don't wanna be stuck with ppc especially when u know intel is gonna roll out in about a year or so..
    I happen to be "stuck" with Power PC. Call me crazy, but I don't think Apple will hang us PPC users out to dry with this Intel switch- they need our business too!
    "Luck favors the prepared"

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    Im waiting till the Intel chips start rolling out then, just before they say goodbye to PPC I'll buy the best PPC iMac I can, that will easily last a couple of years until the Intel chips are working flawlessly. Apple have already stated that they're not going to hang PPC out to dry as sevenhelmet said.
    I would only change my mind on this if the forst Intel machines run extremely well and exceed everyones expectations.

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    If it was a Powermac I'd go PPC cause they are plenty fast enough to keep you kickin tail all the way through the transition..... If it was a PB or a Mini... I'd wait for Intel. A Pentium M Powerbook sounds pretty tasty to me.
    "If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable." -Mitch Hedberg

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    I think that powerpc users will be "left out to dry" but I dont think by Apple directly. Everything that works now will work in a year and even then some. The problems will come by third parties not updating drivers or making new apps to the ppc platform. It's kinda like new classic apps these days. Dont see a whole lot of them do you? This is why some people are upset by the switch.

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    Why would the powerpc users be left in the cold? If all of your application are working, then they should be working in the near to long term future. Remember you don't have to upgrade. That is why there, those people out there still using OS9 and windows 98.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!

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    If you Powerbook is serving you well, then keep saving the money for a future purchase. Notice I didn't say MacIntel box.

    In a year we'll have a better idea how Apple is going to release Intel product lines. From what I've been reading, it looks like Intel will first appear in the low end and laptops. Personnally I expect the laptops to be first. Your desktops will come later and then the towers and servers. So your looking very far out for that desktop you want.

    The thing is, if you really need a desktop now, I see no good reason not to buy one. You'll get several years of service from it and when it is time to upgrade, you may be looking at the second or even third generation of MacIntel boxes. Also the software and hardware market for them will be much more developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tel
    Im waiting till the Intel chips start rolling out then, just before they say goodbye to PPC I'll buy the best PPC iMac I can, that will easily last a couple of years until the Intel chips are working flawlessly. Apple have already stated that they're not going to hang PPC out to dry as sevenhelmet said.
    I would only change my mind on this if the forst Intel machines run extremely well and exceed everyones expectations.
    i'm kinda thinking along the same lines.

    my apple is bling *tisk tisk, you shouldn't have any bling.. just nice things*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texasmeat
    I think that powerpc users will be "left out to dry" but I dont think by Apple directly. Everything that works now will work in a year and even then some. The problems will come by third parties not updating drivers or making new apps to the ppc platform. It's kinda like new classic apps these days. Dont see a whole lot of them do you? This is why some people are upset by the switch.
    Wouldn't universal binary help to curb this? It's not like there was ever an option of doing universal OS9/OSX apps... But here there is an alternative....

    I just don't see developers walking away from an entire market of PPC users over not wanting to "do a little tweaking and check the PPC and intel boxes." Even if it turns out to be a little more complicated than Steve played it out to be.
    "If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable." -Mitch Hedberg

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    first i would like ta say i dont know crap but this is my theory. ive see it posted that only about 2% of all peole witha puter have a Mac. After Mactel has been released for a hole year, what do you think the % of people witha Mac will have a Mactel? im thinkin like not even 2%. this isnt a big market. when the mactell comes out i bet theres not a lot of mactel only stuff. i think they will be using alot of old software with that app Jobs showed at the keynote (stone or tablet was in the name i cant remember). it might even make it slower ta use um too. so if there isnt a lot of mactel only software, an older machine might be faster making it better. but like i said i dont know crap.

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