Originally Posted by BenRoethig
Sad part is that is who Apple used to be the company for.
Apple was never for the average consumer. Never!
Their consumer machines were always terrible, the performas in particular.
They were always for the geeks (Apple II), and later, the professional, schools, and artists.
It has its points, but there are things I do disagree with. CPU speed is not the problem. The new machines are plenty fast enough in clock speed and in most cases the Apps are not going to be able to take advantage of quad cores. In most cases, the 2.8ghz and 3.0ghz iMacs are going to be as fast as Mac Pros. If you're running things that are mostly CPU intensive, the iMac is going to be a very good option.
There are other things to consider though. Anyone who thinks there is anything as too much RAM is kidding themselves. In fact, the ceiling of how much memory you can put in a machine will have more to do with with how long you keep your computer than your CPU. It was RAM starved at 1GB, I don't feel too safe at 2GB and this computer was bought in the fall.
Let me tell you something about RAM. RAM is overhyped.
The iMac can take 4GB. Believe it or not, that's more than enough for most professional users. If you are a PS user, you just have to go to the bottom of the image window, and check efficiency. If that's at 100%, then you're fine, no matter what else you may have running.
More RAM won't matter. If you do video editing with FCP, you don't even need 4 GB.
The few people who actually do need more RAM are users who also need the extra cores, and other features of a Mac Pro. But, there are fewer of them than you may think.
Feeling "safe" isn't an issue. It's whether you actually do need the memory, which is different.
If you're talking about a Mini, then it really isn't intended for work that might require more than 2 GB, which is all most people need.
If we see an upgrade to them, they may very well take 4GB, and that would end that argument.
Then there is the optical drive. As much as Apple wants to think we're in a post optical disc world, they're only half right. Music for the most part is, video is years away from the place. You're going to have to burn your iMovie or FCE productions onto a disk. The iMac can do this if you're willing to wait a little longer for the 8x drive. In some cases, it can be a major pain. However, speed aside the slot loading variant has one fatal flaw, it cannot use the increasingly popular 3.5" camcorder DVDs and as far as I know there is no adaptor. That means if you're working if those DVDs for either a client or a family member, you either need them to bring in the camcorder or spend a $100, some desk space, a port, and an outlet on an external DVD burner. In most cases you're going to need to use on of the all to few USB2.0 ports because drives with a firewire port are becoming very rare.
Those "increasingly popular" camcorders aren't so popular. What we're going to see is the increased proliferation of camcorders that use Flash for storage, now that it has become cheap, and large enough. One hour of MiniDv at highest quality requires 11 GB of storage, and it doesn't need fast Flash either.
Hard drive space. Occasionally, we (or our computer manufacturer) will lowball our requirements for space, especially when it comes to video. If you find yourself running out of room, you have two choices. First, you can get an external hard drive and add more desk clutter. Second, you drive a couple hours to the nearest Apple store and have them do it for you. Either one is going to be expensive.
Adding an external is what most PC'ers do when they buy more drives for their "upgradable" machines. I don't see that as an issue. You can put it behind the thin computer, if it's an iMac, or buy one of those neat devices that adds 1.5inches to the bottom of a Mini and allows one terabyte per case.