To clarify 'cause I stated it as "fact" without qualification:
Whereas Rosetta, during the PPC -> Intel transition, translated apps and plugins in real time, this time it'll do so during installation, writing the translated file/s transparently.
So, while there'll likely still be a small CPU hit due to the inefficiencies of source-file coding (something 3rd parties will be working to improve as we speak in order to optimise for AS for running natively), the realtime translation of plugins and whatnot will not be necessary this time, so IMHO it's reasonable to expect that the hit will be much-smaller.
It remains to be seen whether or not DAWs themselves perform (or even run) similarly under Rosetta translation to how they would when eventually coded for Big Suhr and AS.
Of course, Logic and Final Cut Pro users will be spoiled from the get-go.
I thought about a silicon Mac, but right now, it seems like we won't see more professional models till sometime next year.
I'll also prefer to let the technology mature and more developers to start programming for it.
Leaning towards an Intel-based Mac at the moment, my last one was with me for five years and if I get that much life out of it, I'm okay. Don't really need the latest tech, just need a solid and dependable system for recording.
What about specs? What do you guys have in your machines?