It would seem that my initial lack of enthusiasm about the new Intel-based Apple machines unveiled at the Mac Expo may actually be backed up by some hard facts according to this Wired News article.
In a nutshell, it says that at present – due to the fact that there are very few applications that are written specifically for the new Intel based system – the stated speed increases, in the main, don’t exist. Worse still, if you want to run something like Aperture, Final Cut Pro or Logic Pro (and I think that would apply to a huge number of Mac users) they won’t run at all at the moment.
In some cases – for example in Adobe Photoshop – the whole thing runs SLOWER on an Intel mac than it does on a G5…
Obviously, that won’t be the case forever. Things will get updated and everything will be optimised for the Intel/Mac experience. However, I really like the quote in the Wired article that sums things up quite succinctly: “The Apple faithful are coming to terms with one troubling fact — the whole platform has gone beta again”.