Don't get upset if you bought an iMac in early 09

Discussion in 'iMac' started by greg400, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. greg400 macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    I, like a lot of people, bought an early 09 iMac. I'm posting this so people aren't discouraged by their purchase. Although the new iMacs look fantastic I can't wait to see what Apple has in store after this now that they finally are getting away from Dual Core. Next time i'm buying a new computer will be when 10.7 comes out or 10.8. Not to mention they still have the ATI Radeon 4850 in the 27 inch model which now instead of being limited by the processor it's going to be limited by the graphics card. I'll gladly keep my early 09 iMac. Hopefully in two to five years all of the iMacs will have a quad core as default with the high end as an Octo core with a high end graphics card. Now that Apple has FINALLY gotten away from dual core I see some amazing things for the iMac lineup in the future. Also the design needs an overhaul. It's been essentially the same since 07. So I suggest waiting a couple of years when a new OS comes out then picking one up. Right now it makes no sense to sell a not even year old computer just because the new one came out with a fancy processor and a larger screen. Which personally I prefer 16:10 WAY more than 16:9 for computer resolutions. So enjoy your current computer and realize there will always be something new right around the corner. Clearly it is powerful enough for your needs if you purchased it.
  2. julianna1973 macrumors 6502


    Oct 14, 2008
    I was hoping for a new design iMac & cant afford one right now anyway but was gonna try in a couple of months time. Im thinking just to hold off, I mainly use my macbook laptop anyway these days.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    My heart skipped few bumps but now when I've thought more about it, I'm fine. This iMac does everything I want and I would lose ~800€ if I sell this and buy new one. I already have external 24" monitor and 4GB RAM is enough and quad-core wouldn't change my use really.

    I'll wait till Sandy Bridge to see some 8-core mobile CPUs :p
  4. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    I think the new iMacs are fantastic, but I won't be selling my 2007 2.4GHz model to get one. Out of curiosity, why do you think the design needs to be overhauled? I still like it, a lot. I also like the minor tweak in the new ones to get rid of the thin aluminum "bezel" (for lack of a better word) and have the black around the display go all the way to the edge.
  5. greg400 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    Too much silver and too much chin. An all black iMac would look absolutely gorgeous.
  6. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    if you stop and think about it, the new imacs aren't worth the upgrade if you already own an early 2009 system. the only time i'd consider upgrading (if i was looking for a new imac) is during the next system refresh that they might have in another six or so months. maybe then they'll have better graphics cards, faster processors and ssd hd options. who knows, maybe they'll even offer a memory card slot and blueray.
  7. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
    my late 2007 imac (original aluminum model) 2.4ghz is still fine, not one hiccup. No need to upgrade to this model.. But its nice to see the top of the line model offering quad core, apple was listening. and no blu ray was obvious... apple is just not interested in it and i do not blame them.
  8. mobhit101 macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    Heh heh, believe it or not, this actually helped calm me down a lot. I saw that sweet new 27" display and I IMMEDIATELY hopped on ebay to see what I could get for my new '09 imac.

    While an extra 3 inches would be pretty rad (don't really need more power since it does everything I want and more with all of CS4 running at once), I just don't really think it warrants losing nearly $800 just to upgrade to a slightly more powerful/bigger machine.

    Still tempting though ;)
    I'll probably just check out that new mouse and see how that thing works out.
  9. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I have two older iMacs (late 2006 and late 2008) and I always get sad when I new one comes out because you wonder what you are missing.

    Everything deteriorates, the new ones will become old ones, people will hate those and want the new ones. The toughest part about iMacs is what you buy is what you get, apart from the ram really.

    That's why I went over to the Mac Pro - tough financially, but slightly less heartache in 2-3 years - theoretically.
  10. StarryColorado macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    Not happy at all! JEERS to Mac!

    I am actually pretty upset because I bought my mac last month! My sister is upset about it as she bought hers at the same time. We were thinking they should have announced on their site at least 6 months ahead of time about the new ones coming out. Even if they didn't give specifics they could have said "coming in Oct, a new imac" something like that.

    If it were even 6 months ago when I purchased mine I wouldn't be nearly as put off. It took a very long time of saving for me to get this one and knowing that a month later I could get SO much more, i.e. upgrade memory for $200 instead of $900 for 4 megs! Basically I would have paid the same $2,300 for twice the memory, 3" larger and brighter screen, MUCH better video card, sd card input, Quad Core and awesome mouse! :eek: GRRRRRR :mad:

    So yeah, NOT happy with Mac at all right now for not giving a heads up to people like me who saved for months and months to get a computer that will be outdated in a month! :mad:
  11. mastershakess macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2008
    Bel Air, MD
    Welcome to the electronic market, technology changes day to day
  12. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

    Mar 24, 2006
    Nottingham, UK
    welcome to technology... :rolleyes:
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Anyone who buys a computer knows their computer is now a broke down POS when a new one comes out. It's only a matter of time before it won't even be able to go online. :rolleyes: </sarcasm.

    I hope people know that their computers are still just as fast and awesome as they were the day they got it.
  14. jbennardo macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    While I understand your frustration, announcing something like that would be a sales death sentence. They are a business after all and that type of announcement would discourage sales. I've come to accept that this is the way of things in tech. As long as my machine does what I want it to do, I'm not gonna go crazy over it. :)
  15. nicroma macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    Midwest, USA
    You should have waited! Unless you were living under a rock, the rumors of a new iMac have been around for awhile, but as soon as I saw the patents for a new mouse along with the rumors for the iMac I held off. I was going to buy a 24" last month as well but I did some reading.
  16. ChrisLeo77 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    San Francisco
    I would have thought that the reason why Apple have held back on blu ray for so long (and probably well into the future) is because it would cannibalize its itunes revenue channel. This has always made sense to me, given the company's focus on growing its digital media delivery offerings (e.g. music/movies/tv shows). Including a blu-ray drive on an iMac would merely result in lower revenue for what I assume is a cash cow for Apple.

    Just my few pennies worth...
  17. ChrisLeo77 macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    San Francisco
    Personally, I keep an eye out on this forum for any hints of new product offerings, and hold off until then. I never buy towards the mid-end of life cycle based on the buyers guide on this forum.

    This may result in a lot of waiting (e.g. the current iMac refresh), but it does ease the pains of purchasing hardware and having a refresh sprung on you shortly after.

  18. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    For those that are sticking with their current machines, go and try the new mouse, it's really cool. :D
  19. spcdust macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2008
    London, UK
    That's a wonderful rationalisation / justification, if you say it enough then you might even believe it:p:p:p;);)
  20. gasport macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2007
    Hey, I accept change as inevitable... My first PC cost over 3K and is probably now recycled several times.... I am going to buy one even though I have purchased the early 09 iMac. That will be going to my granddaughter as a Christmas present and the new one will be for me.... I pay for it out of the profits from my Apple stock..... A no brainer if you truly believe in :apple:.
  21. ipure macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2009
  22. Passels macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I remember doing that with my iMac G5. I baught one and exactly 31 days later they came out with the ones that had iSight. I was really pissed about that. That original iMac still runs like the day I got it, its not going to my Mom since my new 27" is in route. If that hadn't happened I never would've waited for this one. The previous version iMacs are beautiful machines and they are plenty fast for the average person... just take this as a learning experience. iMacs are basically updated every 9 - 10 months.
  23. StarryColorado macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    yadda yadda :)

    I know about how fast technology changes, etc. been around computers since the very first model with double disc drives and no hard drive :) like I said, if it was even 6 months ago I wouldn't be as upset. It's just a horrible timing thing and bad luck on my part and it's a HUGE jump not a tiny leap from this to that and money is not easy to come by lately :p

    I did a ton of reading and didn't hear of the rumors at all, I guess I was looking more about info for the current model and as this is my first mac at home I don't have a history on mac forums. Ah well, live and learn, I still think they should exchange 3 months back with maybe a restocking fee ;)
  24. allmIne macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2008
    United Kingdom
    Your computer was outdated the second it left the factory, disregarding the time spent shipping, spent sitting in a warehouse, spent sitting in the stockroom...

    Honestly though, if you ran a business, would you give advance warning of new products coming six months ahead of time? You've basically acknowledged it would have stopped you buying for a further six months.

    Not really great for the bottom line, eh?
  25. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    well its now late 2009

    all i got to say about this topic lol

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