iMac updates

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    The LCD's will be updated to 17, 19, 23, and the 17 and 19 will be switched to widescreen LCD's, with price drops to all previous sizes (17 & 23).
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Do you have any evidence for this? I think a 19" iMac is unlikely, and a 20" a non starter. A 20" LCD (and to a lesser extent a 19" LCD) would:

    • Cost too much
    • Look ungainly
    • Be unstable

    IMHO 17" is probably the largest size of screen that would work with the current iMac design. Personally I think Apple need to get the new iMac down to $999, even if that means keeping a 15" screen on the low end model. However I do agree that there will be updates to stand alone displays at MWSF, or very soon after.
     
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    edesignuk

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    Re: iMac updates

    If this was to happen I think apple would loose PowerMac sales, due to the CPU speeds being the same as the mid range PM (all be it one 1 chip) and the attraction of a 20" LCD (Which IMO there is no chance of BTW!)
     
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    benixau

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    A 19" is likely.

    Maybe a redesigned arm system to acomodate the larger screen.

    either that or three models of 17" imacs. The 17" imac makes up 60% of imac sales. no need for a 15" is you can make it wthin a few hundred dollars.
     
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    beez7777

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    I do not think a 19" will happen at MWSF, maybe, and this is a big maybe, at some later date. it would just look too big and won't be needed by the average home user. as the owner of a 17" iMac, i think it is a perfect screen size; anyone requiring a bigger monitor will just get a powermac, with the addition of a possible 19" display. i think it would make sense to keep the low end iMac sporting a 15", for those who would rather save a few hundred dollars than get a larger display. keeping the low end with a 15" would be nice, since it may allow apple to get it under $1000.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Agreed, if the new iMac line is to completely replace the old iMac and eventually the eMac then Apple need to get it below $999, I don't think that's possible with a 17" screen at present. With it's recent update the iBooks looks considerably better value than the current iMacs, I think that will change at MWSF. Apple could maintain the 15" model until 17" LCDs come down in price further, then phase it out. If Apple are going to increase their market share I think it's important they have good low end machines.
     
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    funkywhat2

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    Personally, I think that a 19" iMac will be a necessity soon. There is a trend toward larger monitor sizes, and 17" is becoming the norm. It would look just right, I feel. The 15" looks too bottom heavy, and the 17" is still pushing it. However, what the iMac needs, and soon, is DDR. And none of this fake DDR crap that Apple is supposedly pushing. If we were to be forced to keep the standard SDRAM is a faster System Bus. People complain about how Motorola can't supply fast enough chips, but then again, Apple cant maximise the use of the processor. Screw major clock sped updates, give us DDR (and, yes, I understand that the 7455 can't truely handle it), and a faster bus.

    Faster drives wouldn't hurt either.
     
  8. macrumors 68020

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    And a better graphics card. Why do you show geforce 4mx on all four configurations? Let's have radeon 9700 :D
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    19" iMac

    For all those who say "no way" to the 19" iMac I'd like to remind everyone that most said "no way" to a 1GZ PowerBook with a
    super drive. Jobs has said 2003 is "the year".

    In my opinion Apple will be adding devices to work with the
    digital hub. Currently the iMac LCD is the center of the marketing plan. Speed bumps and blue tooth do not mean little to the average consumer. Apple is busy just attempting to stimulate switching. Now a BIG SCREEN sells. We'll see the 19".
     

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