Got my new iMac yesterday :)

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by allisonv7, Jan 15, 2005.

  1. allisonv7 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2004
    Hey everyone, I just thought I'd share my "switch" experience :)

    So yesterday I went to the Apple store in Indianapolis and picked up my firt Mac - a 17" iMac w/Superdrive. I had spoken to someone at the store previously and they told me the would be able to update the memory in-store when I bought it, and with the store being 20 min. away I opted to do that rather than ordering. When I got there I saw that they had a preconfigured 17" that you could purchase that came with 512mb RAM, bluetooth, and wireless keyboard/mouse for I believe $1673. I wasn't really planning on getting the bluetooth, but when ahead and got it because I figured if I ended up needing it later and didn't have it I'd be disappointed. Plus wired keyboards are only $29 now, and I wanted one as a backup 'just in case'.

    So I went ahead and got that, while they were getting it in back the saleswoman asked if I was a student, I just graduated a few months ago and I told her that. She asked if I had my student ID on me, of course I did. And she replied "I think we're going to save you some money today". That pretty much made my day.

    With discounts I ended up getting the actual computer for $1555, the keyboard was $24, and I purchased and ipod dock which cost $35. I left that store very happy with my purchase, the sales people were great, and I was happy about the student discount.

    So here I am, on my new mac, everything was switched over with ease using my ipod as a disk drive.


  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Is this your first Mac?
    If so, welcome to the way all computers should be... :)

    Congrats, and also a big welcome to these boards.
  3. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    Congrats on your purchase!
    If this is your first mac, then you have stumbled into the right place! Any questions you may have, feel free to ask!

    and yes, I too love educational discounts :D
  4. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Welcome allisonv7 to both Apple Computing and MR. :)
  5. Jovian9 macrumors 68000


    Feb 19, 2003
    Planet Zebes
    Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. The staff at the Indy Apple Store are always extra nice and know when to leave you alone b/c you're just having fun and not intending to buy something (b/c I usually order from Apple online instead of buying from their store).
    Though I did have to correctly answer a customers question about the iPod and the # of songs it holds after one of their employees failed to do a good job with a customer on black friday (who was about to buy 5 of them for his kids, his wife, and himself....which he ended up doing).
  6. allisonv7 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2004
    Yes, it's the first Mac I've owned, but it's what we used in our college labs as well as what I use at my job now, so I'm quite famililar with them.

    I've had no problems at all, except for a minor firefox glitch. When I installed it initally it kept showing up as a drive on the desktop, so I uninstalled it and re-installed it directly to the App folder, that seemed to fix it.

    Switching all my songs/pictures/etc. was a piece of cake with the ipod.

    I think the only thing left for me to download as far as applications goes is a FTP program and probably Limewire.

    When I was at the store yesterday they had a bunch of ipod shuffle's in stock and I was able to check it out. They looked pretty neat, I think I'll stick with my 20gb though :) Unfortunately they didn't have any out of the box that I could really examine.

  7. varmit macrumors 68000


    Aug 5, 2003
    Good choice in getting the backup keyboard. Worth having around when you need it. The discount for being a student is usually because you are still associated with your school at least for another semester, incase you come back for some more studies. Like my email account and ability to sign up for classes at PSU just got cancelled a month ago, even though I graduated in May.

    No limewire, get Posioned.

    For your any other program needs, Just search for what you want the program to do, and you can find something.
  8. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    That's normal for it to show up as a drive--it's called a mounted disk image. Just drag the application inside to your Applications folder or where ever you want, but for most programs it is recommended to keep them inside the Apps folder.

    I would recommend downloading either LaunchBar
    Quicksilver to make your OS X experience that much easier!
  9. mox358 macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2002
    As a resident of Indiana and a Mac fan, I just have to add how much I love the Keystone (Indy) store. I've had quite a few great experiences in there with the staff.

    And as already said, welcome to the Mac side and to MR.
  10. 3Memos macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2005
    Thanks for coming aboard MacRumors. Now you will be sucked into a vacuous vortex where all your free time will be spent speculating about the next great thing coming out from Cupertino headquarters. Hows that iMac doing?
  11. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Yes, Macs are great, but their downside is they are way too addictive like a drug! It's like drinking alcohol all your life and then discovering ****. Sorry didn't want to corrupt the innocent :)
  12. Apple!Freak macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2005
    East Coast
    Congrats. I will be doing the same thing you did today, walking into my Apple store and purchasing a brand new iMac although I will be getting a 20". I will be taking that walk into the store and coming out a very happy person within 45 days. :)

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