updated 11:05 am EST, Thu February 23, 2006
Non-Apple apps on Mac
Lack of software compatibility and performance continues to plague the Intel iMac and its functionality, according to a new review by PC World. The review notes that while Apple applications run much faster on the new iMac in comparison to its predecessor, third-party software is disappointingly slow. The Intel iMac boots more quickly and program response is "much snappier" versus the PowerPC versions, but programs such as Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Photoshop now take about twice as long to respond as previous versions, says Rebbapragada. PowerPC software does run on the new iMacs, but programs not written in Universal Binary--a format that contains native versions for both Intel- and PowerPC-based Macs--must be translated real-time through Apple's Rosetta software. Rebbapragada lowered the rating for the new iMac in comparison to the PowerPC iMac due to these speed issues.