updated 02:00 pm EST, Tue February 14, 2006
New iMac vs old
The new Intel-based iMac is incomparably better than the older PowerPC-based iMacs, according to Detroit Freepress columnist Mike Wendland, who compares the new iMac with the PowerPC iMac, which he ran next to each other, timing start up and application response times with a stopwatch. Wendland clocked the new iMac at an average of 24 seconds for start up, versus 72 seconds for the G5. Wendland praised Apple's inclusion of all the same applications, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, CD/DVD, and the iSight camera without raising the price on the iMac ($1,300 for the 17-inch version, $1,700 for the 20-inch version), which is identical in appearance to the older version. Wendland suggests that anyone considering a replacement for their PC should look into the new iMacs, especially since many programs are now being re-written for compatibility with the Intel Macs.