Originally posted by aegisdesign
...That doesn't make losing a good, unique architecture any less sad...
I guess that's a personal thing*. There are a lot of other architectures out there doing lots of cool stuff - Pentium M (it was/is decent), Core, Core 2, Athlon, Opteron, PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox360.
*For me owning my very own G5 to produce trance music (Reason, Rewire, Ableton Live on software, M-Audio hardware) gave me a lot of joy. The people that make Reason (http://www.propellerheads.se/
) coded a fantastic music application that was really quite complex but remarkably stable. My single 1.8ghz g5 blew away the dual 1.something g4 I had previously when handling synth tracks, sound processing, etc.
Reason is now a Universal application. Will the iMac Core Duo serve musicians now just as the single or dual G5 did? For studios that really want the power would they be on the dualcore G5s or quad G5s and waiting for Conroe 2 to catch up?
I guess I'm starting to ramble, maybe the point I'm trying to make is that all the tech sentimental attachments aside, for a lot of the public, Mac users are oblivious to the massive efforts put into the hardware and software engineering. And the creative professionals, for them, they will use what is best, affordable, and comfortable for the work they produce.
G3, G4, G5, Cell(???), Core -- all will just be footnotes in history as we move on to the end of this decade.