A couple of nights ago I watched the whole hour-and-a-half Quicktime streaming video of the Apple developer's conference presentation held in early August (there's a link right there in the splash window when you open Quicktime online). During the presentation, Steve Jobs proudly announced that the G5's are now replaced with the Intel Mac Pros and Apple's age of the Powermac is officially over. So what really happened during those 12 years of the Power PC processor? What was all that talk about real speed and megahertz speed? I remember watching another one of those Quicktime conference videos years ago where someone--was it Jobs?--I can't remember--went on and on about how the Power processor was actually so much faster than the others because the Power PC bit channel was so concise and clean while the others were stumbling over so much garbage in and garbage out, or something to that effect. Sounded pretty convincing at the time. Was it all bogus? Or did Apple consistently have genuinely faster machines even though their megahertz speeds were constantly less than the competition? It was also interesting to see Jobs do the selling of the new Mac Pros. He compared them to Dells(!), and the comparison came across very much as like versus like, with Apple winning out mostly because of price. I saw the new form of comparison as actually rather sad--like we were suddenly all at K-mart together. With the switch to Intel, Apple said it had reached the point where it had to throw in the towel on the Megahertz Wars, but in truth, was Apple actually losing the war of speed all along?
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