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Photoshop speed to slow AAPL?

updated 11:15 am EST, Thu February 16, 2006

AAPL future is bright

Apple's stock has been wavering at about 20 percent lower than its January high of $86 because investors have worried about possible glitches from the transition as well as buyer hesitation creating a sales slowdown, according to BusinessWeek. The columnist argues that while the lack of compatibility of key applications with the new Macs may be holding some customers back, Apple will bounce back in the future. "Adobe Photoshop require[s] reworking for the Intel-based systems-- and the new versions might not go on sale until early 2007. In the meantime, Adobe Photoshop runs about 50 percent slower on the Intel-based iMac than on predecessor iMac G5."

So far, it seems that Apple cannot keep up with pre-orders for the new MacBook Pro, with Apple notifying buyers that they will not recieve their new computer for about three to four weeks after ordering it, says Kharif. As for the new iMac, the report quotes an Apple retailer as saying "there's significantly more demand for the iMac now that it has the Intel processor."

Investor pessimism is unnecessary says Kharif, who points out that "many analysts believe that Apple's market share, if it does fall in the first half, will bounce back-- and possibly go higher-- by yearend." Apple's margins are much higher on its computers (31 percent) than on the iPods (21 percent), so if the Intel switch proves enticing enough for consumers-- as analysts believe it will- Apple stands to gain significantly, notes Kharif.




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  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Photoshop Faster

    I have a 667 G4 Laptop and Photoshop will run FASTER for me under rosetta on a new MacBook, which is why I will buy one. Most Mac consumers who are in the market for a new unit have a 400-500-667 or 1GHZ G4, if you just got your Powerbook or iBook last year you are not likley to be upgrading anyway. And I do use Photoshop everyday!

  1. DahlBryn

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple's margins bunk

    "Apple's margins are much higher on its computers (31 percent) than on the iPods (21 percent)"

    What a bunch of hooiee. Maybe for Apple, but not retailers. Even at full retail pricing, an Apple retailer (not one of those Apple stores) will see maximum 10 to 12% profit margins on computers and 5 to 7% on iPods. Don't tell us we make much higher profits on other manufacturers products. Its not true either. If we didn't sell a bundle-load of software and accessories with every Mac purchase, we'd be closed down by now.

    So, Apple's future might be bright and margins may be great for them as a manufacturer, but the dealers get the short end of the stick. So, who cares if their stock drops a few % points during this intel transition period.

    Besides they have a 1.4 billion in cash reserves anyway. oh, boo hoo for them.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    dahlbryn

    Dahlbryn, do you realize that none of that rant had anything to do with the arguments laid out above? No one is saying boo hoo for Apple, and no one is saying anyone makes more on other companies' products. You are actually agreeing with the article that margins are higher on Apple computers than iPods. Now, why are you getting the short end of the stick? Name a supplier that gives you a bigger margin than they take.

    And that $1.4 BN in cash has kept Apple alive through hard times, and kept them from being an easy takeover target.

    Seriously, man, you are obviously miffed at Apple, but what in your role in the channel is specific to Apple? They're the same as any other supplier you have, except that you don't have to discount their wares to move them. Look at what Best Buy has to do to move the c*** from HP et al. Like the iPod ever gets discounted like that, let alone Apple computers.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: photoshop faster

    "I have a 667 G4 Laptop and Photoshop will run FASTER for me under rosetta on a new MacBook, which is why I will buy one. Most Mac consumers who are in the market for a new unit have a 400-500-667 or 1GHZ G4, if you just got your Powerbook or iBook last year you are not likley to be upgrading anyway. And I do use Photoshop everyday! posted by ClevelandAdv"

    I hate to tell you this buddy - but the fact is that if you are an occasional user of Photoshop then like the Keynote presentation said - you'd be just fine buying the new Intel Macs and doing your basic - quick and simple photo touch up_ Random question though - why spend the big bucks on PS itself - when there are cheaper alternatives to start with that Adobe or Apple or other 3rd party developers make ? Titles like Aperture or Photoshop Elements_ Or iPhoto for that matter_

    But I do use Photoshop on a daily basis for 80-90% of my work_ I'm running an 800Mhz G4 w/ 1Gb of RAM_ I'm looking to buy one of the outgoing G4 laptops over the new MacBook Pro simply 'cause of the fact that Adobe has announced to not expect a new version of Photoshop in the next 12 months at least_ ANd so I have no intention of buying the new equipment and having the software run slow and sluggish until Adobe decides to upgrade it product_ I have seen PS run on a fully loaded PowerBook G4 w/ 2Gbs of RAM and I watched the Keynote when Steve demo'ed Photoshop on the Intel iMac_ And I damn well gaurantee you that the PowerBook runs a h*** of a lot faster processing routines and filters and multiple layers and the other functions in Photoshop_

    If you're planning to surf the web and type some eMail and post a JPG or two and maybe open up WOrd once in a while then Yes - I say get the Intel series hardware_ But if you plan on using your hardware w/ any software from Adobe/ Macromedia or 3D animation - then you might want to research things before you spend $3000+ on hardware that will be fun to play with for another year before it becomes practical_

    And by the by people - if you shop around a little - you can probably get a h*** of a discount on the PowerBook hardware right now since it will begin to be phased out soon_

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: photoshop faster

    uberfu, clevlandadv said and you quoted that he/she uses photoshop daily. They also stated that they have pretty old hardware and that the MacBook Pro would be faster running photoshop than what they've got. It makes perfect sense.

    To be honest, it's kind of hard to tell if you were making a poor attempt at humour or were just being insulting. When clevlandadv gets the new photoshop next year, they'll have been using the existing version at higher speeds and then they'll have even higher speeds when they upgrade. You on the other hand won't.

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