Mac developers savor first taste of x86 speed
This AppleInsider story brings some good news for Mac fans that also functions as a precious source of unintentional comedy for us PC types. It seems that Mac developers are enjoying their first experiences with Intel-based development systems:
"It's fast," said one developer source of Mac OS X running on Intel's Pentium processors. "Faster than [Mac OS X] on my Dual 2GHz Power Mac G5." In addition to booting Windows XP at blazing speeds, the included version of Mac OS X for Intel takes "as little as 10 seconds" to boot to the Desktop from when the Apple logo first displays on screen.
Whoa, dude. Who knew?
Of course, Intel has been telling us for ages that Netburst would accelerate the Internet experience, but confirmation of such has been scarce. Until now:
If reports are accurate, Mac users have a lot to look forward to in regards to web browsing under Mac OS X for Intel. According to sources, web browsing in general is much faster under Mac OS X for Intel than it is under the shipping version of Mac OS X for PowerPC. Web pages snap to the screen, the same way they do in Internet Explorer running on a new Pentium system, they say.
I expect to hear many more such testimonials as Intel-based Mac systems proliferate. Just wait until the most dedicated of the Macolytes have absorbed the positive benefits of Intel CPUs and turn their attention to comparative benchmark results against the Athlon 64
. Will it be mutiny, or a sea of tortured forum posts explaining why Pentiums are superior?
Whatever the case, the AppleInsider report suggests the relative performance of the Intel processors, combined with a well-executed emulation layer, promises an easy migration:
Developers sources say the early version of Rosetta, a dynamic binary translator that is designed to run unaltered PowerPC applications on Intel Macs, is also impressive. "Rosetta is completely 100 percent seamless and nothing like the Classic environment used to run older Mac OS 8 and 9 applications under Mac OS X," one source told AppleInsider.
They're saying one can't tell by using an application whether it's Intel-native or a PowerPC binary running under translation.