This weekend, I was able to borrow one of the new iMacs from work. It's a brand new 20" model. 2.0 ghz, 512mb of ram. Out of the box, it's the standard experience we've all come to know and love from Apple. It runs rings around my 15" 1.5 ghz PowerBook G4. Handbrake runs insanely fast. Quicktime playback of movies is good, smooth playback with minimal issues (isn't as meaningul as it once was)
- Faster within OS X than any of the g4's or g5's I've encountered (have worked with everything from beige g3 to the quad g5)
- iLife Apps run with amazing quickness (Unfortunately, this has ruined using my 1.5 ghz PBG4)
- Handbrake encodes within 60-90 minutes for a 2 hour movie. On my PowerBook G4, it takes 4-5 hours, and 3-4 hours on the 1.8 ghz iMac G5's at the office (bear in mind that the pbg4 and the iMac G5 had 1gb of ram, while this unit only has 512mb)
- Front Row is a lot cooler when you're sitting in your recliner controlling your computer than when the computer is on a display stand at the store.
Things I haven't played with yet, powerpc native apps (downloaded the x86 beta build of handbrake). I haven't encountered Rosetta yet, but so far, I'm very optimistic about the x86 macs. In fact, I will be buying one of these after I'm done with my wedding.
For fritterers in the Pittsburgh area
I will be working the MacOutfitters demo at the Dave Pogue event at the Carnegie Science Center on Saturday 4 February 2006 from 6pm-9pm. I'm Ian, and if you're there, feel free to say Hi!