Any time now maybe

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lastochka, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. lastochka macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    So since silent update of the white macbook what do you think are the chances of update of mac minis and imacs just about soon?
  2. panatha macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2009
    I hope so ive been waiting so long for the imacs to get update. Well just have to wait i guess!
  3. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
  4. lastochka thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    ********. No point waiting on software which can slip when the hardware is ready now.
  5. Dreamail macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    iMac touch?

    But what if required software is not ready?

    What if Apple were to add features to the new iMacs which rely on Snow Leopard? For example touch.
    Some HP media center PCs have touch screens, so it is not totally unrealistic to have iMacs with touch features at some point.

    But let's not debate how useful an iMac touch is. I'd just say it would make sense for some applications. And on the whole I'd see it more akin to people buying a Wacom tablet as an extra often leaving the mouse connected. Why would they need a mouse? Because some applications are still easier and faster to navigate with a mouse than a pen. Same applies to a touch interface. I wouldn't want to use a touch screen instead of a mouse, but in addition.
    And use it to give my click-finger a rest and the mouse to give my arms a rest.
    Certainly some applications would benefit like Frontrow or sorting/manipulating photos in iPhoto or choosing songs in iTunes. iTunes could almost work like on an iPod touch. Or some games.

    Reportedly the current version of Mac OSX 10.5 does not support touch very well and it would be rather difficult to add it throughout. Yet Snow Leopard being completely reworked from the ground up will have touch features embedded everywhere.

    Or in other words. If the next iMac model comes with a touch screen, then it would make sense to wait for Snow Leopard - and not burden Leopard with a hacked-in solution.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Snow Leopard appears much earlier than people expect, perhaps in March or April while WWDC gets focussed on iPhone/iPod OSX 3.0.
  6. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    WWDC doesn't really do consumer products like the iMac and Mini. It's usually operating systems, Xserves, and Displays.

    Besides didn't Apple say they wanted to start announcing things when they are ready and not trying to fit into a set schedule?
  7. shokunin macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2005
    Geez, I hope the new imac and mini's will be released soon. Been waiting to get my kids a new computer and new quad core 24" imac would be the ticket.

    I'm crossing my fingers that around 2/10 or 2/17 they'll hold an event for new iMacs!
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    No Mac releases with SL. It's extra 130e for Apple when they don't put SL on the new Macs becouse many people will buy that when it comes. It's more money if they release 'em separetaly
  9. lastochka thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    That's possible but unlikely. The updated iMacs will require new drivers, that's about it. Unless the update is not evolutionary but revolutionary in which case the unanticipated hardware features will require major alteration or addition of new software. I don't believe that is the case here.

    In fact I believe the new iMacs and Mac Minis are functionally complete, and the real question is why they haven't been released yet. Here are a few guesses:

    1) design problems, exempli gratia the hardware has been identified running too hot so an altered design of cooling is in order

    2) problems with supply, such as the chipset provided by nvidia is not available in sufficient quantities

    3) economics - the timing has been deemed to not be right so the release has been postponed

    4) politics - Job's health deteriorated unexpectedly making him unable to "sell" the new machines to the press, the presentation had to be postponed

    5) something else :eek:
  10. Rob83 macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2009
    Im worried now! I bought a new iMac for Christmas, 24" 750Gb and so on, not only did i miss iWork 09, looks like i could miss a whole new iMac by three months! Should i kick myself?
  11. Flying Dutchman macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2007

    Ofcourse not :p, the fun of the rumor business is being an early adopter when you know when something comes out. Nobody knows anything about a date or spec of the new iMac so don't kick yourself... yet ;)
  12. Theophany macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2008
    NW London.
    I'm actually hoping for a silent update this Tuesday. Seeing as it doesn't appear to be anything radically new in the iMac from the rumours, I don't see why they'd hold a press event for a simple speed bump.

    However, if they do not do a Tuesday update within the next two weeks, I think it would be safe to start predicting more than just a speed bump, like perhaps quad core, that would warrant holding a press event. :)

    EDIT: I'm chewing my arm off waiting for a new iMac. All that's left of my left arm is a bleeding stump.
  13. tMac85 macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2007
    in a great place
    well shame on you for not joining the macrumors community earlier!

    your imac will last you long in to the days of flying cars and vacations to Mars

    dont kick your self. last generation apple products last the longest with no bugs anyway.

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