Need iMac by September... Wait for update or Go ahead?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    Okay moving to university in September, need an iMac

    Right now I'm looking at the low end 15"...

    Should I wait till closer to sept?

    Does apple ever make out of the blue annoucements for updates?

    What to do...
     
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    Jerry Spoon

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    Check the buyer's guide. I always wait as long as possible anyway, just in case. I have a friend who was burned really bad by just going ahead and buying.
    By the way, why no ibook or pbook? Just wondering.
     
  3. big
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    yeah, I'm waiting (much like many others) for the aluminum pBooks
     
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    big

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    Holly Molly! that was one neat link, I have been here for some time, and never knew that even existed

    totally cool presentation
     
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    Hmmm... now that you've brought it to my attention, an iBook doesn't sound bad in comparison other than 20 GB less, G3 instead of G4, and a 12" instead of 15", less ram... Portability is nice...

    Hard decision... I mean same resolution...

    It's the 1024x768 that kills me, I'd love 1280x1024...

    That's why I'm holding off.

    But yeah an iBook is sounding good considering how simillar it is, plus portability. I really don't know what to do now.

    What would you get? iMac or iBook?

    I do photoshopping, programming, among other things (save web browsing for my PC, the internet on anything other than IE6 for windows just feels wrong, don't know why but whatever).
     
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    you know, comments like that hurt. ;)

    Read Features of MacRumors

    arn
     
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    Ambrose Chapel

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    If you do a lot of Photoshopping I recommend the G4..that app is written to utilize the G4's Velocity Engine..makes things speedier.
     
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    NO NO, it is only out of my ignorance that I did not know that feature was there....
     
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    If I were you...

    ...I would go for the 12 PB. You get the G4 (for Photoshop) and you get the portability. However, if cost is a issue, you might be out of luck. Check out the resellers for the best price, not Apple.

    If you can't go with the PB, go for the iBook. I got to play with one the other day and they are just great. I don't see a huge difference compared to the 17 PB in normal computing tasks (i.e., opening folders, snappiness, iApps, writing email, Word, Internet, etc.); however, in PS and video it's a night and day comparison.

    The iMac is nice, but in college portability is key (IMO). You could take the 12 PB or iBook anywhere...the coffee shops (lot's of chicks there), the classroom, and the library. It's total freedom. And remember wireless. College campuses most certainly have WiFi these days...

    Think total freedom with the PB and iBook...

    Hope this helped...


    Chad4Mac
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    WAIT

    If you want an iMac - WAIT.

    If you want an iBook - BUY

    Look at the Buyers Guide !

    Cheers
    CmdrLaForge
     
  12. macrumors regular

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    Hold out as long as you can! You never know what surprises are in store...
     
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    If you want a 15" iMac, why not go for the eMac? Yes I know it is a CRT, but it's 17" and its a very nice flat display. For less then the cost of the 15" iMac, you will get better performance with a 1Ghz processor vs. an 800Mhz. Also the eMac has a 133Mhz bus, compared to the 15" iMac's, 100Mhz bus. Both have combo drives I believe and the same size hard drive. It just seems like you get more for your money with eMac.
     

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