Speed Me Up

I made some additions to my personal Mac hardware world.

The other day I talked to a really nice sales guy from Apple (Rich Hernandez) and ordered up a beefy new machine.

I’d been intending for some time to upgrade from my aging PowerBook G4/1GHz. I wanted to see what happened at MacWorld first though. The new Intel Macs, to my mind, were underwhelming. Plus there just aren’t enough Universal apps out there yet, especially not commercial ones (Adobe and Macromedia’s stuff comes immediately to mind). I read a few reviews that showed Photoshop running at a snail’s pace on an iMac duo core and made up my mind: go with proven, mature technology that currently has software optimized for it.

Pm_step1_hero_060110 I ordered up a Power Mac G5 with a 2.3 GHz dual-core processor. Smokin’!

I’m pretty stoked and can’t wait for it to get here. Even a few days later I’m sure I made the right decision. My goal was to buy a new machine that would help me work faster — a machine that I’d have trouble keeping up with instead of the other way ’round.

One of the things that really got me thinking about buying a G5 is the fact that it’s a 64-bit processor instead of a 32-bit, like the Intels. That may not mean a heck of a lot in every day computing, but in apps like Photoshop I should really see the difference. Plus so much Mac software has been optimized to the hilt over the last 10-11 years for the PowerPC platform, it’s going to take developers a while to become as adept with the Intel chips.

Key to my mind, though, is the fact that the current, final generation of G5s are the peak of Apple’s engineering in a desktop. They’re finally quiet, cool, and completely optimized for ultimate performace. Apple is milking these G5 processors hard and getting every bit of power out of them.

It won’t be that way for the Intel Macs for quite a while. No doubt there will be all sorts of hardware flaws in the MacBook and the Intel iMac, and repairs will be regular (if you’re picking either of these machines up, be sure to buy AppleCare, too).

I bought into the first generation of the current model PowerBook, and I can speak from experience. Thanks to AppleCare, every single component on this machine has been replaced at least once. It’s going to be that way with the new Intel Macs, too.

I’ll likely wait 12-15 months — roughly a generation or two — and pick up a MacBook to replace my PowerBook. In the meantime, my new PowerMac will speed me up.