I expect Photoshop CS3 will see a huge kick in the pants on the Intel Macs. Now that they're at performance parity, the only differentiator for Mac vs PC for graphics designers will be the OS. Anyone see any studies (Gartner, IDC, etc) on platform choice trends for graphics designers over the last couple years?
Now moving marginally off-topic...
Originally Posted by olePigeon
AltiVec is awesome. While SSE/2/3 is more featured, it's also a lot slower. I'm gonna miss AltiVec.
Poor SSE performance in dependent on the implementation, not the underlying technology.
SSE, SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 all execute in a single cycle on all Core Microarchitecture (Core 2 and Xeon 51xx/53xx) products.