EDIT: Corrected for the english proffesor below...because you know this is a discussion list for english proffesors.
Sorry to ruffle your feathers, sport. Just noting the irony...
He does have a point, and I have to say that this is definitely not going to give apple some magical boost in PowerMac sales either. (it's going to hurt them)
Will it hurt them? I suspect that you're right, and this isn't going to give them a sales boost. I think if they're lucky, their numbers will be in line with last year's numbers with these machines. So, yeah, if you define "hurt" as treading water, then it will hurt them. Personally, I don't think things will be all that bad-- despite what the chicken littles in this and other threads say about the new machines, they're still competitive with the high side of typical PC offerings. Apple's not going to do great
with these machines this revision cycle, but they'll do OK.
I don't think I've seen anyone who's criticized the "doom and gloom" contingent in this (or any other thread) really heap praise
on these machines. All (most of us) are saying is that this is an OK update. Not a great one, just OK
guys, on the other hand, are implying that it's the end of the world... Death and disaster! Pestilence! Steve Jobs biting the heads off human babies! Oh the humanity! WHEN WILL IT ALL END?!?!?! <faints>
I suspect that we will all look back at this update as akin to the 1.25 dual G4 bump to dual G4 1.42. It was disappointing and insufficient but followed with a major step. The larger issues, as you all have pointed out, have to do with more than just CPU speed: PCI-E, hard drive configurations sufficient for robust HDV editing, cooling requirements, and the like. Apple's next revision needs to address these matters head-on.
I think this hits it dead on
. The update is just... meh. The hardware doesn't really stand out from the crowd in any particular way (other than the fact that the entire line is comprised of dual proc machines), but they'll get the job done. If you want to be wowed, wait for the next revision.