Finally the whining will stop about the Mac not supporting Core 2 Duo.
And the part numbers for the faster Meroms are higher (T7600, T7400, T7200), which will lead people to believe that Apple's Core 2 Duo machines are faster, even though the lower numbered Core 2 Duo (Conroe) is the faster one. Probably the same people who promulgated that Woodcrest is inferior just because its name isn't Core 2 Duo.
I still expect to see a mid-range, Conroe powered Mac Pro or xMac. It will be too late for me because I just received a case, motherboard, CPU (E6600) and PSU today, so this weekend will be dedicated to building my own Conroe machine.
It won't be a Mac, unfortunately, but I will be able to overclock it to my heart's content, something that Apple doesn't allow. I got a high-end motherboard, a high-end case, a high-end CPU and it all cost me less than $800. The rest of the components (video card, memory, optical drives) will be recycled from my current setup. Maybe next year I'll buy a MacBook but a desktop Mac is out of the question for the next few years. I waited for over a year to see if Apple would offer me an expandable machine within my price range ($1200 to $1800). I was looking forward to switching back to Mac since it's the platform that got me interested in computers in the first place, back in 1985. I was a Mac evangelist then. But it just wasn't meant to be this time around. During this last year I visited many forums like AI and was generally treated with contempt by some of the pompous asses who spend their time here. I know they're a minority, but it was shameless nonetheless. Someone even called me a PC fanboy.
Nice way to attract switchers, eh? Then there was the distasteful Microsoft bashing at a conference dedicated to developers. Microsoft happens to be one the Mac's biggest developers. Very tacky. I don't blame MS for pulling support for VBA in their next version of Office for Mac. I'm also not at all happy about Apple's neglect for the environment, the iMac's unrecyclable monitor, the sweat shops, Jobs' attempted demolition of the Jackling House
, etc. The Apple has lost its luster. As much as I hate Microsoft, Apple doesn't seem to be doing much better. At least Bill Gates gives substantial amounts of money to worthwhile charities. Steve Jobs is just happy being a prick. I will continue to have an open mind about the Mac, and recommend it to people for whom I feel it is a better platform, but after a year of careful consideration I just don't feel it's the best platform for me.