Sales of Duo-based Macs not as high as predicted

By Justin Mann on January 31, 2006, 6:44 PM
Bad news for Apple, it appears that the Intel Mac isn't being as widely accepted as they initially hoped. Whether plagued by bad press covering the initial plans or the performance boost being over exaggerated or other causes, the sales just don't match the goals. Many are perhaps timid with getting a Mac based on the Duo, especially after the concerns that little software has been written to take advantage of the newer CPU, so the performance benefits aren't something many users could even use for perhaps months. This doesn't mean it won't pick up dramatically. Despite the serious lack of 64-bit desktop operating systems and software packages several years ago, the Athlon64 took off like a rocket. Once the software catches up with the hardware (which can give an actual performance boost worthy of note), things may change. For now, though, even some software developers are leery of making the switch.

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