1 year till next iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by amiller295, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. amiller295 macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    Hi, my mother-in-law went in to the apple store today and bought a Mac, while there she asked if they knew anything about an update. The worker told her that the next iMacs wouldn't come out for another year. Do you think this is true, or was it just a ploy to get her to buy one today?
  2. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68040


    Feb 9, 2010
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I don't buy it. They have been out since October, so about 6 or 7 months. The usual product cycle is around 10 months, so I very very highly doubt that they wait a year.
  4. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    Salesmanship is one thing, but that was just unethical. I'd even document the incident somehow... at least tell the manager.
  5. Ravich macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Portland, OR
  6. luffytubby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2008
    The question is - What is left to update in an Imac besides better CPU/GPU with the small tweaks?

    The only thing I can think of are TV Tuner and Blu-Ray, but both of those contradicts with their Itunes sales efforts.

    That and maybe a 30'' screen but that might be unrealistic for the next 5 years. 30'' screens are still very expenssive, even though they are amazing at that size.

    backlit keyboard, would be another. really needed, I think.
  7. washburn macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2010
    actually I remember the last iMac update someone on this forum predicted it to be October 20/09 and he was right! what day do you predict is the next iMac update? :)
  8. amiller295 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    Either way, thats a long time to wait!
  9. Durious macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    Yeah definitely mislead her
  10. wisty macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2009
    The salesmen don't have any information until the boxes arrive in the stores. They might be keen Mac Rumors readers; or they might manage to get a sniff of some inside information a day or so early, but they don't know Apple's plans a year ahead.
  11. hippo206 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2007
    Your math is off.

    They have been out 260 days, nearly 9 months. Average cycle for the imac is 221 days. So its due.

    If there is an update anytime soon, i think the general consensus is don't expect it to be anything significant... but i think it will be well before a year.
  12. Fallenman macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2010
    A salesman will hardly tell a customer that a newer model will arrive soon. Especially with the way apple sell their units. It's not as though they lead the relese through the press and start discounting current stock.

    If they start telling people an update is just around the corner - people wont buy their gear.
  13. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    They don't even know when an update is coming; they typically learn when the site is updated just like their customers. Occasionally (more like rarely), between 1-3 days before launch of something, they'll get in boxes listed with code names in inventory, with giant "DO NOT OPEN UNTIL XX/XX/XXXX" stickers on the boxes themselves. Generally speaking though, they never know just like you and I.
  14. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    May he meant "wait until the Sandy Bridge comes come out next year" as a way to make her wait for the next generation iMac processor.:D
  15. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    Look how long the Mac Pro has been lingering without an update. Besides little tweaks here and there the iMac will stay the same. Apples push is the iPhone and iPad. then laptops then desktops.
  16. Commenter macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
    Yes, because Apple can only do two things at a time, and besides it's not even like the MacBooks and iMac have seen significant updates since the iPhone was introduced in January 2007 or like the mini has seen one since the iPad and iPhone 4 were introduced.
  17. blinkin182 macrumors regular


    May 3, 2010
    You gotta love the sarcasm there :D
  18. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    Should go back (whilst she can still return it)

    And ask him to write and sign on a piece of paper that is a new model comes out within a year (as he said) then she will be able to return her one and exchange it for a new one.

    If he can't/won't do that, then he is admitting he does not know and only made it up.
  19. eeicke macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2009
  20. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    The truth is they do not know and because they do not know they should not make statements like that. My guess is a a iMac Refresh between Sept and Nov
  21. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    While Apple got away with not updating the mini for a while, I doubt they could keep their flagship product around over a year and a half -- at the same price -- and still be competitive. Especially given that PC manufacuterers update prices and release newer models every 3 months at least.

    By this time next year, current mac hardware will look, even more dated and overpriced versus PCs than it does even now.

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