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Authored by: ebow on Jun 09, '05 12:07:31PM
I'm in almost exactly the same boat. My G3 iMac is nearly 5 years old, and while it's mostly good enough for what I do with it, I've been promising myself a new computer for a while now. My take on the situation is:
  • If I got a new iMac and the Intel transition wasn't happening, it would last me 4-5 years.
  • Even with the transition, I'll probably feel compelled to make it last as long.
  • The apps I want to use (mainly iApps, Office, mail, and web) might stop being updated for PPC in 2.5 years or so, which could leave me with "stale" apps for 1.5 - 2.5 years.
  • But even if that's the case I probably won't mind, judging by my current habits (e.g. I find Office v.X and iPhoto 2 good enough to put up with until I get a new computer).
So if you're in a situation similar to mine, a new iMac might just be the thing to coast you well past the transition without sacraficing too much. Hmm, I could even treat myself to one of the inevitably sweet notebooks in 3 years or so if the iMac is really showing limitations.

And yet, part of me thinks getting a Mac mini would be the smarter move right now, to last me maybe 3 years until the 2nd revisions of Intel-based Macs are available. Tricky call.

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