We are asked all kinds of questions here at the Midwest Test Facility. Lately, the one query that seems to find its way into the in-box more often than any other is some variation on, “When are you going to test the new Apple G5 against the fastest PC?”
OK, I don’t know when we’ll publish the next version of our ongoing grudge match, Mac vs. PC, but it’s going to happen soon. To bring you up to date, I have made repeated requests to the Apple PR people, asking them to please send us a G5 for testing. Their response was that yes, they were certainly going to send us a new machine, as they always do when a new computer is introduced at Apple. But they are going to make us wait this time. They tell us we must wait for Final Cut Pro to be optimized for the G5.
Now I don’t want to write anything here that will scare these PR people away, making them decide not to send me a gleaming new G5 to test against the fastest PC. Heck, I’m already in the dog house with them, considering all the names I’ve called them, all the making fun of them I’ve done and my tendency to generally pick apart each of their hyperbolic speed claims point-by-point. So maybe I just need to apologize, publicly, for calling them “Prevaricating Pinocchios of PR,” among other audaciously alliterative accusations. Maybe I should just stop calling Apple “That Cupertino Fruit Company.” Maybe I need to reform, clean up my act. Or maybe I can just be an editorial writer and call ’em like I see ’em, like I’ve always done. Yeah. I like that better.
That said, allow me to express a nagging doubt. Apple wants us to wait until Final Cut Pro is optimized for the G5. What’s wrong with it now? Does this mean it’s not too swift now and it’s not fit for us to test? And I don’t know about you, but whenever I see that term “optimized,” a red flag goes up for me. All too often, the word is misused in the computer press, as a far-off utopia when all will work perfectly, all will be optimized, all will be right with the world.