The Mail Man, on October 8th 2008, 02:20 PM, said:
I guess you haven't had to many conversations with old school mac users. When Mac went to Intel and started running Windows it was the equivalent of someone who loves Mustangs and Ford being bought out by Toyota and putting Chevy engines in the Mustang and then doubling the price. For that the Ford buyer will just buy a Corvette. See my point? Its not the same as with cars as it was with the CPU switch.
Apple has been pissing all over its customers for the past 7 years and people saying "thank you". I feel like I'm watching "Rawhead Rex" half the time.
The Intel CPU's are far better, more efficient and faster in every respect. Yes it was a pain to move chips (it was a massive effort for us in terms of gaming) but this is what I both like (and sometimes curse
) about Apple. They are constantly moving forward selecting the best technology and dropping the older technology.
I started using Apple's when my mother taught me to read and do maths using programs she wrote on our Apple][e and I have used Apple machines ever since, I remember everyone said what about the ][e users when Apple released the Mac, then it was what about the 040 users when PPC came out, then it was what about the G3 users when G4 Altivec chips came out whenever Apple move to a newer chip set the people on the older one's are left behind to a certain degree.
In terms of your description on cars it would be like they removed a standard 2 litre engine and replaced it with a 4 litre turbo engine with better gas milage! The PPC chipset was not focus on consumer machines and the main direction was with server and integrated solutions so it was falling more and more behind the x86 powered PC machines.
Apple took a bold step to move chip set (like they did before with 0x0 chips to PPC) to go where the future roadmap made more sense to the company. Mac's are now if anything slightly cheaper than before, more powerful and still have the most important thing that you need to be a Mac, brilliant design in terms of function and looks, coupled with very well engineered integration between Hardware and Software. This is what has always made a Mac a Mac not a CPU, in fact the first Intel machine (iMac) is exactly like the final G5 iMac we have two side by side and the only way we know which one is which is checking the "About this Mac" or running a game (The Intel is way faster!).
If you look at it Apple have always been famous for the software and integration between this and the nicely designed custom hardware they provide they have not been famous for the chip set they use. I understand some people saying it's nothing more than a fancy looking PC, but that is what Apple's always have been a better looking alternative with better software, it's just you can now also run windows if you like, sounds like a win win situation to me!