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Intel iMac for consumers, not Pros

updated 12:40 am EST, Fri January 20, 2006

Intel iMac gets 4.5 stars

Apple's new iMac Core Duo received 4.5 out of 5 stars from PC Magazine in its latest review, but the magazine says that machine is best suited for consumers due to software performance on the new Intel architecture. The magazine notes that Apple's Front Row application is much more responsive: "Front Row is now a totally natural user interface and has less of the irksome pauses we saw in the last iMac G5. You still have to load iTunes/iPhoto/video content manually in their respective programs, but now the content comes up smoothly and almost instantaneously." The review also notes that watching 1080p high-definition movie trailers without the annoying audio or video stutters is now possible without Apple's highend dual- and quad-processor G5 desktops. Interestingly, the review also focuses on the "cool" new features of Apple's iLife '06, which is bundled with all new Macs, as well as its improved performance; however, as most have found, Photoshop only performs well for the most casual users, tiggering a caution flag for Pro users.

by MacNN Staff





  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's for "consumers"

    Hey... it's an iMac. It's the "consumer" desktop model. Of course "pros" should wait. If a "pro" currently has a Power Mac G5, he or she is not going to trade it in for an iMac, whether the pro apps are Intel-native or not.

  1. gambit23

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Um. I read that review and.... well, I AGREE with PC Magazine! What in the world is going on?? I remember when PC Magazine was a breeding ground for Mac-targeted contempt!

  1. ATPTourFan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's iMac...

    ...not iMac Pro. Duh! ;)

  1. jhorvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    PC Magazine has opened up

    PC Magazine has opened up there eyes and are actually looking at Macs and testing them rather than writing made up c***. They are seeing the value now where they didn't before. Photoshop needs to be updated for Intel Macs and then they won't be complaining about the performance no more. Glad to see this kind of writing. It just helps more and more PC users finally make up there minds to spend a little and save a lot.

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No sh*t sherlock

    Since when was the iMac for Pro users?

    Maybe since the iMac is now dual processor, they thought some people might think it is suitable for pro-apps. No benchmark backs that up.

    I think I still want a dual G5, but I will wait for the intel-pro machines.

  1. technomaster

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Actually... now that the iMac has extended monitor support (Dual Monitor), I could picture the iMac being a nice fixture in a project music studio or graphics shop.

    It has a cutting edge processor with cutting edge performance, so I don't see why it couldn't be used as a pro machine once Intel native/universal apps are released.

  1. Jesda

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I want a dual G5, and I'm waiting for the Intel pro machines to drive down G5 prices.

  1. ::maroma::

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think when Adobe gets off their asses and releases a Universal version of their CS Suite, we'll see the iMac become much more viable for Pro users. Of course using Photoshop on it sucks now. Once all the "big" software is Universal the iMac will be that much better.

    They should've tested World of Warcraft for their game test. Blizzard had a Universal version out mere days after the announcement of the Intel iMacs and Macbooks. Blizzard rocks.

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