Buy iMac now, or wait?

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  1. boombox15 macrumors regular

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    I have a 2011 27 inch iMac that I love. It's amazing, but it's already starting to get slow. I have all of the money invested to get a new 27 inch iMac, one with a 512GB SSD and 16GB of RAM. I do know that WWDC 2014 is coming June 2, but I have not heard much about hardware. Last year was a dud when it came to hardware with just a new MacBook Air.

    Is there any reason to think that the iMac will be updated at WWDC 2014? Could it even be the long-rumored retina iMac? I would be willing to wait for a few months, but if a refresh is not expected until fall, then I will buy now then sell when the new one comes out.
     
  2. businezguy macrumors 6502

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    I think it's likely they will have a new iMac during the fall but I don't think it will be much of an upgrade. Intel's next gen chip won't be out until late next year and graphics won't be much better either.
     
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  4. iMcLovin macrumors 68000

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    Like the buyers guide often says. Buy it only if you need it ...approaching end of cycle. I would say it will come anything from may-june to fall.
    It wont be a huge upgrade, but it will be a slightly better gpu and cpu. Ill wait personally, but then again I dont really need a new iMac :)
     
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  6. omenatarhuri macrumors 6502a

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    If you still love the old one like you say, I would stick with that until refresh.

    I'm also sporting a 2011 model, although the MBP not iMac. Looking to perhaps get one if the new ones are nice. If you want to be fast in the meantime you could look into getting more RAM and SSD for your current one.

    Unless you do something very CPU heavy, I don't think you'll notice major change in number crunching speed.
     
  7. cohen777 macrumors regular

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    I just replaced a 2009 27 inch iMac with a new 2014 (2013) iMac with a 512 SSD and 16 gigs of RAM. I couldn't be happier. The computer is very snappy.
     
  8. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    Slow how? I don't think the CPU would be noticeably slower than a newer one - what sort of drive and how much RAM do you have?
     
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    Not that bad.

     
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    People apologizing on an internet forum?!
    I found forum heaven today :O
     
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    Please let me know now if I should give up or not !!

    I am on my 4th maxed out 21" iMac and they were all yellow and overly lite on the left side :(
     
  17. WallToWallMacs macrumors regular

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    Personally I'm waiting off until broadwell is launched and it appears in Apple products - iMac and MacBook Air are on my wish list but I'd love to see Apple also adopt the Saumsung 3D V-NAND Based SSD for their products which promise speed, reliability and plentiful space.
     
  18. Liffey macrumors regular

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    The main reason to wait is for a more price efficient model this year. If you're waiting for a big power boost you might be waiting til next year.
     
  19. dasx macrumors 65816

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    Hey OP, may I offtopic a bit?
    This comes out of pure curiosity, so please don't get me wrong. What do you use your iMac for that it feels slow?

    Cheers.

    P.S: Considering it's from 2011, unless you need it ASAP, I'd definitely wait.
     
  20. Zellio macrumors 65816

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    Yeah really. If the iMacs are too slow maybe he should invest in a build your own windows machine. Or get one and use target display mode...
     
  21. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Same here, except I came from a 24" 2009 to a 2013 with 24 GB of RAM. Huge leap. lol.
     
  22. toddzrx macrumors 6502a

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    Dude, sounds to me like you don't really need a new machine. Why not just put an SSD and more RAM in your current iMac? It would not be that much slower than what you're planning to buy, and save you a lot of money.
     
  23. Kayan macrumors 6502

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    IMO, at this point in the year, there are pretty few reasons not to wait to buy refresh. Even if hardware doesn't get any better, which it will in some way or another, there is everything to gain and nothing to lose by waiting for new models.

    I'm running 2009 17" MBP, just hoping and praying the new iMacs come out earlier rather than later. Next month would be a-w-e-s-o-m-e to get a new loaded iMac.
     
  24. Gianlusp macrumors member

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    I don't care wait or not wait...I just bought online 21,5" 16gb, 512 ssd and that's it!!!...Carpe diem...
     
  25. iMcLovin macrumors 68000

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    me too, waiting. I have a maxed out late 2012 though :) But switching every second model I think is a good plan when using it professionally. Hope it will be out before summer,....I´m always eager when I know Im gonna buy it. But if it comes out fall 2015 thats fine too, it´s not like Im suffering with the current model. But i7 8 core and 8gb of VRAM will actually make some difference for me in work speed.
    But IF apple will include the new intel i7 and the new geforce 880m they should release it quite soon though...if those will be the only upgrades to the iMac...no point waiting to sell older hardware. 880m is out and the new haswell i7 will be out early may....so Im guessing may-june for the upgraded iMac....Unless apple choose to skip this years hardware updates from nvidia and Intel.
     

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