My primary complaint since switching to OS X is that system performance is not up to par with Windows machines - at least as far as raw image conversion. But now Apple has launched their first Intel based Macs. Apple claims that the Intel iMac is 2x faster than the G5 version (and the MacBook Pro 4x faster than the G4 PowerBook). Naturally, I started wondering about upgrading.
After reading various reviews on the web:
I came to the conclusion that it is better for me to wait until my existing OS X apps are ported to Universal Binary format - at least the photography apps that make the bulk of my digital workflow. Based on the reviews above, I can't afford to run these apps under emulation software - the performance penalty will make them un-usable.
Current apps that make up my digital photography workflow:
Photo Mechanic - v.4.4.1 is now available as a universal binary
Bibble 4.5 Pro - not yet available as universal binary
Photoshop CS/2 - not yet available as universal binary
Noise Ninja - not yet available as universal binary
Aperture - not yet available as universal binary
iPhoto - v.6 is now a universal binary
On the plus side, I hope that when I do upgrade, Apple will have truly new machines (new designs, new features) instead of just replacing the CPU on the existing models.