Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2006 18:17 UTC
Apple Apple's decision to unleash Intel-based Mac systems six months ahead of schedule is proving less successful than the company anticipated. Two weeks following the Macworld Expo San Francisco keynote, sources report that sales of the Intel-based iMac are lower than Apple expected, even taking into account the seasonal post-holiday sales dip, suggesting the 2006 transition to Intel is going to be more difficult than the company has expressed. UPDATE: Good news for our Mac friends: new data now made available suggest that the iMac actually sells well.
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Dual boot
by robojerk on Tue 24th Jan 2006 18:49 UTC
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2006-01-10

One of the appealing features that people were looking forward to was dual booting. Since it looks like it's going to be awhile for that to work I'm now finding myself a little stand offish and will wait. If I just wanted a mac I could buy a PPC version (for cheaper probably too.) If I want the theorized "Ultimate PC" that could run all those OS's I can wait.

Unless the Wine project gets some builds going I can wait.

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RE: Dual boot
by Get a Life on Tue 24th Jan 2006 21:32 in reply to "Dual boot"
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2006-01-01

Yep. The lack of compatibility with Windows is a put-off for people looking to save space by disposing of their current aging PC and buying an iMac. This is compounded by the size of the body of native software. People with desktop Macs already are satiated by the performance of the G5s, while potential "switchers" face even more inconvenience.

In the smaller niches of possible interest, Yonah is also something of a stop-gap processor in Intel's roadmap, with its new microarchitecture set to be available in desktop and mobile versions in Q3. In the smaller body of Linux users interested in dual-booting, they have to contend with ATi's mediocre Linux support and fighting with EFI.

So people intellectually-offended by the concept of sullying a Mac with some other operating system are content with the performance of their G5s (at least until Conroe is in the new Powermac and there's more native software), and people interested in adding the Mac experience to their current environment aren't provided with a situation much different before. So why expect a mass adoption anyway?

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