Originally Posted by solipsism
I'm sure others will chime in soon, but I think Leopard and Tiger handle multiple cores just fine. It's the apps that need catching up, and some of them are from Apple, if I'm not mistaken.
Guess you're right, but I still worry a bit because I heard no real interest in optimising software for more then 2 or 4 cores the most.
I saw Tiger and Leopard handling cores ok, but are they really optimised for more? Red recently about some benchmarks and the reviewers concluded that there's still lack of software making GOOD use of multiple cores and that there is nothing really out there to take advantage of the SSE4 instruction set either.
So, in my opinion, If it won't be soon enough for good software (I mean like CS from Adobe or Apple's own many others) to play in the open, then the public interest in miracle hardware we are used to receive from Apple will slowly fade away. No question that now we witness a boom of switchers, but sooner or later they will come to a point that they will say "OK, what now?".
Now maybe I'm not a visionary, but just what If people will become desillusioned by The Company and its greedy policy and turn for cheaper, maybe not so fancy but still working hardware? I know it souns surreal, but I am analysing myself: I am a Mac user since 1994, when I bought my first $1200 or so LC630. At the time I was astonished of its beauty and power. Then came the clockwars, Amelio and so on. I bought the next Mac, a MDD PM G4 2x1.42ghz an then the first imac 17" her iSight 20" and in the end the G5 dual 2.7ghz PM(which I still use). Now the wife's 15"MBP. I always felt the hunger for power, more power. And I went for it, but now I feel that this hunger almost faded away.
I intend to do some music, I've got Logic, Final Cut Studio for future movie ventures or whatever. But I can't really see a clear roadmap for the Mac. OK, the Mac Pro is there for the prosumers, but there is something unclear in the future: the behemoths like the Mac Pro or any other workhorses don't have real future, in my opinion. Everything is coming to the household and the need for power will eventually subdue, as, by now, you can do almost anything on a laptop; so why go for anything more?
So, If there is anything to do out there, I guess is something more than the eyecandy the Leo really is (again, in my opinion, despite the few pros it features though). Something to be able to really USE horsepower, not just to COPE with it, in order to drive tech development further; or else we come to a dead end, just like the Neanderthalers did.
Or, perhaps it's just me being one of them...