Price of the new iMac?

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  1. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Hey everyone! What do you think the price points will be of the new G5 iMac? I am contemplating buying a new 15" PB, or a new ibook and an imac. So I am curious where you all think Apple will start and end their prices. Thanks as always!
     
  2. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    Apple has historically kept the same or very similar price points when they upgrade systems, and I think this time will be no different.

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  3. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I figured as much, but I wonder if they will still have the low end at 1299? My gut tells me the 15 is gone and they will only have the 17 and the 20. If this is the case, then I wonder where the prices would start/
     
  4. LeeTom macrumors 68000

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    My gut says the 15" stays, and at 1299.

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  5. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    It might be possible they throw in a 23' depending on the new design. Or at least at a later date like they did with the 20'.
     
  6. arrowhead macrumors newbie

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    i guess it depends on whether or not it is headless as some people are saying, although i would personally think it is still going to all-in-one. it is for convenience and user-friendliness that apple usually focuses on for imac line. i would also think the low end will be around 1200 - 1300, while the high end will be under 2000. the lower end sporting 15 inch wide-screen LCD, and higher end with 17-inch wide-screen. and, no 20-inch model this time, unless aethetically good. imac with 20-inch was a bit of stretch IMO.

    so, config-wise, it may be something like.

    15-inch with G5 1.6 GHz, 256MB RAM, 80GB H/D, combo-drive. $1299
    17-inch with G5 1.8 GHz, 256MB RAM, 100GB H/D, super-drive. $1799
    17-inch with G5 2.0 GHz, 512MB RAM, 120GB H/D, super-drive. $1999

    i put larger H/D in my guess, for apple probably would want more people to start buying even more music from their itune music store. also more and more people are into digital photography and digital video editing, so i think it is logical to put a little bigger drives.
     
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    It is possible that the G5 iMac maybe a "headless" Mac. But needing a VESA LCD screen. That would allow you to possibly get to the $1299 mark without an Apple monitor.

    Though I think that that price point is very important for Apple.
     
  8. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    I think there will be a 20" iMac at release. It doesn't make sense to me that Apple will take a step backwards in screen size. Apple seems to want to move forward by adding features, not taking the way. I think a 23" iMac G5 will be available in the future, maybe a year after release.

    What I'm interested in is if it will be semi-portable.

    lasuther
     
  9. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am thinking that too. Maybe they will release a 17" Aluminum display at the same time. The imac could be priced at 999, then you purchase any of the three displays? Just speculation, but it would be nice.
     
  10. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    As much as Apple would want every dollar, this opens the possibility of users going to their own comfort point. I know that since I have a 15" VESA LCD from Viwsonic, it would allow me a quicker entry to the G5 iMac.
     
  11. Atheist_Peace macrumors newbie

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    What do you think will be the specs for the new imacs? Like the video card, and stuff..
     
  12. emw macrumors G4

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    Wouldn't that make it the G5 Cube?

    My thoughts are that Apple isn't going to stray from the iMac being the all-in-one device with built-in monitor. They may leverage the new display technology (both size and weight) to get a bigger monitor on the iMac, but I can't imagine them going headless.
     
  13. Zaty macrumors 65816

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    That's a good but difficult question :) But I'll try my luck:

    15" 1.6 GHz, 80 GB HD, 256 MB RAM (PC 2700), 32 MB GeForce FX 5200
    17" 1.6 GHz, 120 GB HD, 256 MB RAM (PC 2700) , 64 MB GeForce FX 5200
    20" 1.8 GHz, 160 GB HD, 512 MB RAM (DDR PC 2700), 64 MB Radeon 9600.

    Prices will be the same or slightly higher.
     
  14. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    *drool* That whould just be too cool, so I doubt it'd happen.
     
  15. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I am surprised that we have not heard more rumors about the new imac. Maybe as we get closer to September we will. I am hoping so anyway. :D
     
  16. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    i dunno - it seems like the rumors have pretty much dried up except for baseless speculation. kind of a bummer... i loved seeing several new rumors a day, several of which would be at least semi-accurate

    *sigh*

    so it goes. maybe we'll get some good rumors coming in soon, but i'm guessing it'll all be ridiculously vauge until two days before its released...
     
  17. Rantipole macrumors 6502

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    Ooo. I hadn't heard of that speculation before. That would be cool.

    You know, the dome was actually kinda sorta semi-portable.
     
  18. Atheist_Peace macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! I know a little of these things.. so another question would be.. Could a computer like the medium of the 3 (17" 1.6 GHz, 120 GB HD, 256 MB RAM (PC 2700) , 64 MB GeForce FX 5200 ) be able to run recent games or games available in future (Sims 2, DooM 3)? Maybe it's not so easy to figure it out, but I try to ask :)
     
  19. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I really hope the high end is a 2.0. I doubt it, but it would be very nice.
     
  20. invaLPsion macrumors 65816

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    My guess:

    15 inch: 1.6GHz G5, 256MB ram, 80 gig, FX5200, combo

    17 inch: 1.8GHz G5, 512MB ram, 160 gig, Radeon 9600XT, superdrive

    20 inch: same specs as 17 inch

    I'd like to see PCIe with x300 and x600 graphics, however.
     
  21. tricky macrumors newbie

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    I know someone who works for IBM and she said the top end will be 2.0. I have never gotten info from her before so I don't know how accurate it is. But I directly asked her, and she said 2.0. Take that for what it's worth.
     
  22. wPod macrumors 68000

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    i think the prices will remain in the same ball park, apple seems to have an even spread for desktops ranging from the eMac to the PowerMac. . . the iMac fits in the middle. i think they should keep the eMac as an all in one simplicity and cheapness, then have a middle of the line headless iMac with the *option* of an all in one iMac system. i cant get my dad to get himself an apple right now b/c the eMac are too 'big' (he wants a flat pannel monitor) but then he wants a monitor to last 10 years (like his current CRT) so he doesnt like the idea of an expensive monitor on an iMac lasting only 3 or 4 years. but the powermac is TOO powerful and too expensive to be considered.

    headless!!!
     
  23. Dr. Dastardly macrumors 65816

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    Why not get a G5 1.6? I see these sometimes in the refurb site or other online stores in the sub $1500 range.
     
  24. Krizoitz macrumors 6502a

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    here are my thoughts

    $1299
    15.2" LCD 1.6GHz G5
    80GB HD 256MB RAM
    4x SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB DDR RAM
    Blue Tooth/Airport Extreme Standard

    $1799
    17" LCD 1.8GHz G5
    80GB HD 256MB RAM
    4x SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 64 MB DDR RAM
    Blue Tooth/Airport Extreme Standard

    $2099
    20" LCD 2.0GHz G5
    120GB HD 256MB RAM
    8x SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128 MB DDR RAM
    Blue Tooth/Airport Extreme Standard
     
  25. mac_gal macrumors member

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    I'm thinking Apple will chuck the 15". Some time ago a 15" was an "entry level" LCD, but now it seems like 17" is the standard.

    I would guess modest ($100), if any, price drops.
     

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