I know many here use Macs for processing images. Now that Mac has gone with the Intel processors
I got a new Mac Mini with an Intel processor to replace a 4 year old G4 (733) that will now get refurbished to do duty as my e-mail, internet and word processor computer in my office. Everything including scanners and printer drivers, Photoshop CS2 and Elements 4.0 all function fine with the Intel Mac and run faster than on the old G4. And I like the fact it takes so little space and is totally quiet. Of course the fact it costs a fraction of what the G4 did pleases me as well. Never thought I'd see the day a Mac that runs graphics efficiently would be available for a base price of $599.
Plus, as soon as I find a cheap copy of Windows XP, I can use Boot Camp a free utility from Apple to make the Mini a dual boot machine to also run Windows and I can finally get a clunker of an IBM NetVista Graphics Pro computer out of my lab.
I'll have more to say about the new inexpensive Mac Mini after some more testing and trials in a short report for Shutterbug. And by then I'll also have used the new $200 less expensive Apple Aperture 1.1 that's upgraded and reprogrammed for the Intel chip Macs.
Thanks David that is nice to know because it is the way it is going to be. I had read some were not happy the way PS worked witht he new Macs. I love my old Mac so I hope it hangs in there for a while.
Photoshop and other Adobe applications will have to be slightly re-programmed to run natively on the Intel Macs. Currently they run in a mode Apple calls Rosetta, that slows some processor intensive functions like a Gaussian Blur down. Otherwise Photoshop runs faster on the Mac Mini Intel than a G4, largely because the I/O bus bandwidth is much wider and the memory chip speed is much higher.