WWDC 2006 there will be Macintels on the market, but if you go by what Merlist (http://merlist.com/?p=40
) said, then you could be fine well after the June 2006 date for entry, in fact you could be good until just before June 2007.
I have to say i strongly trust what Stephen said, although in 2006 I do believe that there will be an Intel based PowerBook, there is no way that Apple can hold off that long without a major upgrade.
PowerMacs will be the longest holdout in my opinion.
Now the other thing we could see is, that a low powered G5 chip will be put into a PowerBook sooner. Apple would do this if they were planning on holding off on an Intel chip on their whole Pro line of products, in which the PowerBook is included.
When will we know? MacExpo Paris.
I would buy regardless, there is no fear, but the choice is yours, one of two things will happen, and its one of those two.EDIT:
Originally Posted by triadone
oddly enough no one seems to realize that even w/ intel's chips a lappy bought today will be "worthless" 5 years from now. consider how the development of CPU technology as well as windows has made old CPUs effectively non-functional (think mmx, SSE2 and SSE3). yes windows xp is still x86, but will it run on a 166mhz pentium with 32MB of RAM?
Ta hell with that! Apple PPC computers will be more valuable than ever for at least 1 to 2 years after "the switch."
Why? Because reverse testing dual bianary products on a Big Ethan system is going to be critical! You could probably keep retail value or a small loss if you were to buy now and sell at the switch.