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Interesting Statistic: Intel vs. PPC

Here’s an interesting statistic I noticed recently. Based purely on the readership of this blog, 1 in 10 Mac users have already switched to Intel-based Macs (940 users on Intel, 8519 on PowerPC). It’s a greater proportion that I was expecting, though readers of this blog may simply be ahead of the curve. Regardless, I think it’s an impressive proportion that shows the early stages of Apple’s transition have gone well.

  • March 24th, 2006 12:46 am

15 comments...

Drew...

Very interesting indeed. I suppose this also says something about how popular the iMac and MacBook Pro (as it slowly replaces the PowerBook) are as product lines in general, as well.


James...

I think it also has to do with the Developers who are on the ball with Universal Binaries. About 90% of the software I use was ready to go at the time I received my 20″ iMac (Upgrade from a Dual G4 PowerMac).

Apple asks more of it’s Development community than any other OS vendor and they seem to deliver time and again with great software.


Francois06@applegrove.co.za...

Hopefully I will be upgrading to Intel by the end of he year.
On a diffrent note, I am truely impressed with the developer’s dedication to improving and supporting Aquisition. I salute you sir. You are a true inspiration to what software development should be: an art and a passion!


David...

I’m actually glad there are those brave enough to be first adopters. I’m a little weary of the first line, and usually wait until the work some of the kinks out.


Tom...

I was hesitant to make the switch so early, but I’ve discovered that my new Mac mini is “teh hotness”. Acq and Newsfire both work great.


Marcus...

You also must take into account that people who are on this blog obviously have an interest in computing and moreso the Mac. The type of people who are interested in this software are the kind of people that would more-likely purchase a shiny new Intel machine.

Do you think if you did this board on CNN.com, one out of ten Mac users would be Intel? Hell, 2 out of 10 would probably be OS 9.


JP...

i agree with marcus…

one thing is to focus your results on an tech blog and another is to get those results from an open public blog… normal people don’t usually get the latest software or the latest hardware. they wait to see what comes out of it before purchasing it.. we, tech lovers run acquisition and probably camino (!!!) in our macs.. do those people even know what mozilla is?

or core duo?


That’s what I said. “readers of this blog may simply be ahead of the curve”.


Marcus...

David:

Our bad. People (like JP & I) are ignorant.


JP...

thanks, marcus… hehe

i’ve been trying to come up with an excuse but… illiterate would be more accurate. it was written right there…

anyway, dave’s softwares are great! i’ve got them all…


Alexandre...

Yes, Dave. It is a great sign. I switched myself to Intel and I have to tell you I couldn’t be happier. Except for Adobe’s apps, everything else flies on my iMac (Core Duo 2.0 Ghz).


7031...

I got a PPC Mac Mini and in a way I am glad that I didn’t get an intel. Mainly because the intel macs might aswell get called PCs, they run Mac OS. GREAT. But BootCamp making macs run Winblows just goes to show. All bootcamp does is partitions your harddisk. I wouldn’t mind getting an intel but I would at least wait a year or two before considering it. I have heard that programs that are not universal won’t run on intel (or if do, wont be as fast as a universal binary). No I am not talking out of where the sun don’t shine. I am being pretty serious. Okay, their faster. What else is new?


a...

It’s not that the Intel Macs are faster… They’re ALOT faster!


Brian...

I love my 20″ Intel iMac and my 15″ MacBook Pro… I made the switch and I do not regret it ONE BIT… I replaced a 17″ iMac G5 and a 12″ iBook G4. I have 4 Total Macs purchased in the last two years.

/b


Kjell...

Hi all,

I bought my first Mac November 2006 and I have been a very happy bunny since. After the switch I realized that the Intel based machines does have some bugs. The black 2 GhZ MacBook I bought started to randomly shut down on me (a well known problem by now) so I started checking a bit. It turned out that there was no need to have the machine replaced as there was a firmwarew update that addresses the problem on the apple website that fixes a bug with the fan driver. This done I was a lot more satisfied and the machine has been working 100% since this.

I do have to say that the new MacBooks should be upgraded to 2GB of memory, the 512 that is standard is simply just not enough at all. Unless you just want to use the machine for surfing the web. Runne multiple applications WILL require more so I suggest getting 2X1GB as long as you can afford it. Keep in mind that the MacBooks comes with 2X256MB mem chips and also be aware that you should run two eacual chips for optimal performance.

Comparing the new MacBook to the old G4 PowerBook:

My frind has one of theese and he has been on my case for years about getting a Mac. Now that I finally did I can compare the difference between his older machine and my new Intel based one. The first thing that comes to mind is the fan noise on the new Intel based machines. Due to the high speed the CPU gets very hot and this again makes the fans run more frequently. The most annoying part is that they are very loud at times. This does not happen on the G4. When looking at software there is some that will only run on the Intel based machines but I have not came across a lot of them and populare software is quickly rewritten from what I can see for the users that wants to stick to the PPC. From my experience I would say that a G4 PowerBook will still server you very good for a long time to come if you stuff it with RAM.

Am I ever buying a PC again ?

Not for myself that is for sure. If my children needs one for school (I hope not!) then it is a different case.

Cheers,

Happy and converted.