iMac buy now or wait for refresh 2013

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Tbdbuckeyeitl, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2012
    I want a bto iMac so I will be paying over 2500 dollars. However I am at a month wait. I don't want to spend a premium price for a computer that will be outdated or the next big thing is a few weeks away/months away. I it was an ipad or phone id buy now but 2500 is a huge investment. How long will it be for the next apple refresh. Will the next version be a huge upgrade over this one. Any help or opinions.
  2. macrumors 68000

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Buy now, the next update will just be a Haswell speed bump.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    Buy now. A 2013 refresh is likely to just be a spec bump. At that point, you might find yourself tempted to wait for the 2014 upgrade...and so on. Before you know it, it's 2070 and you're on your death bed and on the table next to you is the computer you're using today.

    OK, that was a bit of hyperbole, but you get my point. Don't get caught in the endless "waiting for the next upgrade" game.
  4. macrumors demi-god


    May 11, 2007
    Las Vegas, Nevada USA
    It is hard today what they will do to the new iMac in 2013, and it will not be refreshed before November if then. If you want to wait nearly 10 months more instead of 1 month then by all means wait. I asked myself the same question and I did not want to wait. My next iMac will have retina display by 2016 is my guess. So it's up to you. But i am coming from a older 2009 March design so the 2012 iMac is a huge improvement over mine. The new iMac may have a processor change and who knows they might even make it even more thinner. LOL
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    This was the time for me to dive design, usb 3, thunderbolt, i7 Ivy eats everything, 680 graphics seems to chew through everything too, fusion...

    Maybe in refresh it'll be Haswell and new Nvidia graphics in fall '13. Not sure if that'll bring much of a difference to what's available now. Probably higher benchmark scores...
  6. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    This last iMac refresh took a year to come out and it just came out. Some orders are still on backorder. Don't worry, not matter what and when you buy yours will be outdated soon enough.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2013
    And the refresh that comes after that will bring still higher benchmark scores, as will the one after that.

    If you want a new computer, you have to pull the trigger sometime, and no matter what, your new computer will one day no longer be new.
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2012
    How much better is a has well and how long will a 680 be relevant
  9. macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2005
    OMg that is so well said. So funny. All true! ;) :p :D
  10. macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
    The iMac has the best of everything right now. IMO there is no reason to wait, and there is no way to know how long the wait will be. The 680MX should last quite a while. Of course as new games come out you'd have to run on lower settings, but as of now the 680MX is the best there is in mobile GPUs.

    I only advise waiting if a new release is imminent.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
  12. macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    do you even realize what people went through waiting for the 2012 imac?

    go back and read the months and months and months and months and months (and months and months) of nerd tears.....

    if you want to wait, good luck with that....
  13. macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    2013 will be the same design so the wait won't be so stupid. But with the expected upgrades there's no point in waiting.
  14. macrumors 68000

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    LMAO!!!! That was funny.
  15. macrumors 68030


    Sep 14, 2007
    Spec bumps (slightly faster CPUs, GPUs, etc) and possibly the inclusion of 802.11AC gigabit wi-fi.... but very possibly not seen until late this year or early next.

    At some point Fusion probably becomes standard, but I expect that's more than a year away.
  16. macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2013
    Buy now. If anything is updated in 2013, it'll probably just be a slight spec bump. Also, the great thing about Apple products is that they retain great resell value; so if the next generation iMac has a feature you just can't live without, you can always sell your 1-year old iMac for a little less than the new one and someone somewhere will buy it to save a little cash.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jan 21, 2004
  18. macrumors newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
  19. macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2012
    The Real Northern California
    I think you ought to wait for the 2013 refresh--but don't buy that, wait for the one that follows the 2013 refresh--but don't buy that one either, wait for the refresh after the refresh after the 2013 refresh--only then, maybe buy your iMac.

    That's the only way to be sure you have the latest one.
  20. macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    Calne, Wiltshire, UK
    The three constants in life:

    - Death
    - Taxes
    - Moore's Law

    The last one means that next year's model will always be better than today's. Up to you to decide whether today's is good enough for what you want (or not).

  21. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Hmmmmm ...... how long have you been waiting to buy a most up to date iMac version ?
  22. macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    If you need a mac buy now otherwise it can never hurt to keep what you have and wait. I'am hanging onto my 2010 and waiting for the 2014 model which will hopefully give me a retina display, the new ac wi fi protocol and the newly revised USB 3.0 ports.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Sep 14, 2007
    Retina is highly unlikely to show up in the iMac for this generation. Think another 3-4 years out for that one.
  24. macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2013

    somewhere on this forum I have seen the Apple Road map (a rumor, nothing official) and it does says that a new imac will come out in November so probably you will have to wait a year from now to have your hands on the new model.

    It is really up to you if you want to wait becasue your current hardware still meets your needs or buy the current one but is totally senceless to wait to get the latest when the current has been released just two month ago.

    Good luck with your decision both way you will be an happy chap!
  25. macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2013
    What is Haswell?

    I keep reading this term but don't know what it means.

Share This Page