"The best thing about these new Intel iMacs"

By Rob Scovell, in , posted: 23-Jun-2007 19:29

I was hovering near the iMacs, drooling over the Vaio L that was next to one of them. There was a chap earnestly prodding the keyboard and looking intently at the screen. A salesman came up and the conversation went like this:

Salesman: I see you're interested in the new iMac?
Customer: Yes ... em ... er ...
Salesman: Well, sir, they're a very good machine, and the best thing about these new Intel iMacs is that you can run Windows on them!

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Comment by bradstewart, on 23-Jun-2007 22:17

Thats right, you have to add the ability to run Windows to make anyone buy a Mac and even then they are way overpriced

Author's note by robscovell, on 23-Jun-2007 23:27

Overpriced? Do you dare bait me, my man. OK, jackets off, outside! You dishonour my OS. I SHALL have satisfaction, Sir! Will it be muskets or flamethrowers?

Comment by Spencer C, on 24-Jun-2007 02:52

Sure they run windows. But not as well as a PC.

Comment by cokemaster, on 24-Jun-2007 11:34

Run XP in parallels and you have the OS X interface plus only the 'legacy' apps that will only run in windows.

Author's note by robscovell, on 24-Jun-2007 12:22

VMWare Fusion is a good option that allows you to run Windows and Ubuntu (and loads of other distros).

This sounds close to the best of all possible worlds, especially for web development, because it allows you to check your work on all browsers without having to have extra computers.

The salesman would have been more accurate if he had said this:

"One good thing about these Intel Macs is that you can run Windows apps on them."

Comment by Aloha, on 24-Jun-2007 13:01

Can you use the MacBooks built in webcam under Windows?

Comment by bradstewart, on 25-Jun-2007 11:50

Oh flamethrowers from 10 paces at dawn sounds like a new twist on an old challenge

Author's note by robscovell, on 25-Jun-2007 16:35

I don't think you can use the iSight with Windows. Check this link:


Comment by Aloha, on 26-Jun-2007 00:33

Then Spencer C is right and it cannot run Windows as well as a PC.

Comment by jgmachine, on 22-Jul-2007 11:53

Yes, it can use the isight. It runs just as good as a "PC." Why wouldn't it? Think of all the variety of PC components available out there. All different manufacturers and whatnot. The iMac is a PC for all practical purposes and there's no reason why it would run Windows any worse than any other PC with the same specs.

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