What new things can they do with the iMac in March/April?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cstromme, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. cstromme macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2007
    And how likely do you think it is that we'll see a new one then? I'm considering putting my (I think it's) 6 months old 24" iMac up for sale next month in case we get a new one during March/April, but I'm not sure I should do so if the only improvements we're going to get is a slightly faster bus and a black one.

    So, is there anything else that they might do with it to warrant an upgrade? I'm not looking for a performance boost or anything like that, I just prefer to sell my stuff early and pay the small price to upgrade rather than have it become less and less worth.
  2. mrkramer macrumors 603


    Jul 11, 2006
    the only thing that I can think of besides a faster processor, and black is they could integrate some of the iPhone's touch features into leopard and put a touchscreen into the next iMac.
  3. mrthieme macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2006
    I've been wondering about where the iMac is heading myself, and multitouch would be an awesome direction. It would be tiresome on a desktop stand, but if the screen was a large tablet, the stand could house the optical drive and act as a charger/sync station. I don't know how likely this is for the short term though. I've always kind of thought of the iMac as the flagship, and hope to see some real innovation for it. I, like you am thinking of selling my 20" c2d with plans on buying the next great thing.
  4. macfan881 macrumors 68020

    Feb 22, 2006
    the only thing i see is maybe making the imac a lil slimmer i really dont think apples ready for full touch screen computers yet but maybe seeing a slimer display like apples curent monitor displays and of course faster but the rumors are saying that the new chips are only .16ghz than duo or something faster
  5. 21stcenturykid macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2006
    Newcastle UK
    I would be hugely impressed if apple made the iMac thinner than it allready is! If it even got close to macbook thinness by even a cm it would be amazing! I think they would be likely to get heat problems as with the MBP if they went this thin. The thing is though at its present thickness its hardly obtrusive! Higher quality iSights would be much appreciated also. maybe dual optical drive would be possible? one on each side perhaps.
  6. mrthieme macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2006
    I made a little picture ( please don't tell me a child could do better, I already know):( of the iMac with a detachable touchscreen tablet for a head.

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  7. badcrumble macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2007
    I really, really, really hope that that'll be the next iMac update - I don't want to have to wait until autumn or even 2008 to get something like that.
  8. thechad macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2006
    I will also be selling my 20" if new features arise. Im really hoping for a video in so I can hook up my 360 to my iMac. I was playing resident evil 4 in bootcamp last night and its beautiful on the 20" widescreen. Oh please let there be a video in
  9. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2006
    An updated graphics card is expected in the next revision. I'd like to see a megapixel iSight too.
  10. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    I think it is worth noting that a form change is not too far off in the distance. I don't think it will come in the next update to the iMac, as they just released the 24" models, and will probably update the entire line once or twice before they move onto a new form, but we have to keep in mind this version of the iMac has been around for over two years now.

    For some, it is getting a little long in the tooth. I'm sure Apple has a new model in some sort of beta form that will be released sometime in 2007.
  11. WolfHook macrumors newbie


    So are Apple due an update on the current iMac?

    I am looking to switch very soon and I am currently saving some cash to buy a 24" iMac, so is it worth waiting a little longer?
  12. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    One thing that would be huge is to put a real USB hub in the keyboard. Practically nothing works in the keyboard USB ports.

    Getting rid of the "chin" would be nice -- that's more important than making it thinner, imho.

    I'd like to see a more adjustable display.

    More space for RAM.

    And I second the idea of a video card upgrade.
  13. Gosh macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2006

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: Newport!

    Intel is a really innovative player and in Apple it saw a friend and true!

    Intel has a lot of technology awaiting credible application and Apple lead implementation where others follow.

    The modern iMac is born of laptop technology and much of the queue of new tech awaiting application on the next MBP is there for the iMac too.

    One of these is I believe Newport!

    I think, along with other breaking technology such as PMR hard drives, Newport will allow the iMac to link up to Apple TV whilst asleep!!!

  14. Gosh macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2006
    Err, NO! an iMac sans chin would be chinless!

    ......and there would be no where to put the Apple logo - you didn't think of that did you!?!

    ..........and then ther's the lost heritage angle - as Rod Rod pointed out:
  15. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2006
    I couldn't agree with that more.
  16. Toddgabweg macrumors member


    Jan 17, 2007
    I too would love this feature... I would love to hook up my 360 to a new 24in imac... playing in 1080 P...:D

    I hope a new 24 in imac will be here before summer... I am so ready to spend our tax return... For a little while I was tempted on getting a Dell with a 24 in LCD screen...
  17. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Make some room for upgraded GPU, and harddrive. And slim it down.

    I'm sure your'd get tons of happy MR reader, as it would be a "mid" size Mac, while pretty cheap, still fairly upgrade able.
  18. shikimo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2007
    Lyon, France
    With regards to the OP's specific situation, it seems a bit rash to sell an almost-new computer for the hope of a new iMac in the next 2 months; we've just had pretty reliable news that Intel's Santa Rosa platform is likely to be ready in May, and I think most would agree that the next notable iMac update won't happen until a (hopefully) reliable SR chipset is available to Apple in large quantities. Back when we thought SR wasn't coming out 'til September, some sort of useful iMac spec/price upgrade before fall seemed likely, but with this news I see the iMac undergoing only minor changes, if any, until a line of Leopard-running SR monsters comes our way, maybe June-ish. Besides, unlike the #@$%ing minis, the top three iMac models are still good values despite being chronologically ready for updates, so I don't think Apple ought to be in a hurry to move on them.

    And as others have pointed out elsewhere, great new hardware is likely to wait until Leopard is done, although that could always be sooner than we think :D . So I say enjoy your 24" and get ready for some fun this summer...
  19. giganten macrumors 6502a

    Jan 23, 2006
    Same here. :D
  20. wazgilbert macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2007
    UK South
    Hope it's soon enough, the tease of waiting is driving me nuts!

    I'd like to get a mini with 1/2 decent graphics, or I'll be forced to buy something bigger.
  21. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    HP would like to have a talk with you... :rolleyes:

  22. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA

    what is newport? and what good does a sleeping computer do to appleTV?:confused:
  23. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Just incremental upgrades methinks.

    Things I'd like to see but doubt we'll see:

    1) Video in
    2) Multitouch and a more adjustable screen, for stuff like this
  24. shikimo macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2007
    Lyon, France
    Yeah, I'm tired of waiting too...it's really past time. I can't believe it's March! It seems like just yesterday the quote of the day was "new minis by January, if not macworld than right after," and then it was "early February," followed by the February 20th myth...we will now test the March rumors :cool: .
  25. Gosh macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2006
    Well, "Newport" itself is a futuristic laptop demo designed by Intel - that's always on, seamlessly connected to the internet, and capable of running a working day!

    So, centred around better power management and additional flash memory - you could scroll through e-mails, access a calendar and other basics via a small secondary display and a four-button interface.

    Great for laptops! Yes, but there's a cross over technology there so if your iMac needn’t be turned fully on and could wirelessly beam content to the Apple TV (a secondary display being the TV) - that would be perfect!

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