Interested in buying an iMac

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  1. LillieDesigns macrumors 6502

    LillieDesigns

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    I'm very interested in buying an iMac, but I ahve a few quick questions.

    -Apple is notorious for releasing new things every few months is there an extremely better version of the iMac coming out soon?

    -I want this computer for graphic/webdesign and music recording; what are the things I need to do this exceptionally well on a mac?

    -Can I use a standard cable modem with Apple computers?

    -For what I need the computer for, id the iMac the right option?

    Thx in advance =)
     
  2. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Apple releases a new iMac on average every 196 days.

    The last time they released a new iMac was 7 days ago.

    They JUST came out with a new iMac. They won't be coming out with another one this year, and if we follow the averages, not for another 189 days. Feel free to buy.


    The next iMac will probably be with an Intel processor next year.

    EXCEPTIONALLY well? Graphics = Photoshop, obviously, webdesign probably Dreamweaver. Music recording I'd guess Logic. All these are the expensive professional apps.

    Yes and yes.
     
  3. skubish macrumors 68030

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  4. LillieDesigns thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the quick responses, I have a few more questions though:

    -What advantages will the Intel based macs have over the current ones?

    -is Garage Band good enough to record with, or do I need other programs for recording music?

    -does microsoft word come built in with the iMac?

    Thx again all =)
     
  5. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Go with one of the current iMac G5s. They are awesome machines that will work very nicely for you! :)
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Not sure what advantages the intel iMacs will have. Probably just a moderate bump in speed. As it stands today however, the PowerPC G5 smokes the P4. So don't fret about performance.
     
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    Word must be bought seperate. Although, a trial of M$ Office is included.
     
  8. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Hmmm...

    Well, they'll be a bit faster, but they'll run older programs that are not compiled for the Intel processors slower than the G5 would. You won't have to worry about developers dropping PowerPC support for quite a few years so it's probably better to get the current one.


    HOWEVER:

    With a bit of effort it will most likely be possible to install Windows on the Intel Macs (because Windows runs on Intel processors). Apple won't support it, but it can be done.

    No; however, it does come with AppleWorks, which can open Microsoft Word documents (although I'm not sure how it would do with the advanced features, but few use them).

    Microsoft Word for Mac is available from Microsoft. A 30-day trial of it comes preloaded with the iMac, but you may find AppleWorks is suitable for your needs.
     
  9. Danksi macrumors 68000

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    You could look at openoffice.org, which is a full suite of office type applications and I believe it's available for the Mac and Abiword (http://www.abisource.com) which is a MS Word clone, for free.
     
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  11. this is funah macrumors 6502

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    i have one of the new iMacs and they are great for all of what you said... it's a beautiful machine and FAST! i have 1 GB RAM and it works great! if youre going to be running major programs such as logic or protools, youll need at least 1GB RAM to keep it fast.

    my computer boots up in 15 seconds!
     
  12. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040

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    why wouldn't a regular cable modem work with an iMac? :confused: :rolleyes:

    i think that if you go to apple.com, most of your questions can be answered there
     

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