Future iMac Refresh

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NiroNavro, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. NiroNavro macrumors regular

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    What time frame is your best guess for the next iMac refresh, either speed bump or redesign? I realize that they just got a speed bump but I'm curious as to when the next one might be.
     
  2. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

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    Some time in the future....

    Why do people need to know about something no one knows anything about....?

    I am just curious to know that.
     
  3. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    Have you consulted the buyers guide? They give an average there.
     
  4. NiroNavro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh sorry, I just want to know because I don't want to order an iMac now and then have it be outdated in two months or something like that. I hate that feeling. I love that Apple is on top of everything and all(except for the mini). But it's frightening for a first time buyer. You never know what big and better thing is waiting around the corner...for the same price of the current model mind you.:confused:
     
  5. passingXstorm macrumors regular

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    Just buy what you need when you need it, don't worry about what might come... you'll never buy anything with that attitude...
     
  6. rfruth macrumors regular

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    The latest- & - greatest is just around the corner - check the buyer's guide ...
     
  7. Demodex macrumors newbie

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    If you need it now, then buy it now, or else you will be like everyone who has been waiting 11 months for the mini update. It will last you a while, and then when you are ready to upgrade your imac again maybe the quad-cores will be out by then
     
  8. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    iMacs were just bumped on April 28 2008. The average time between updates is 211 days. It has only been 82 since the update. If you bought it today you would have around 129 days of bliss before you got the itch to buy another one :D

    If you need it now get it now. No matter when you get one, something better will be about 6 to 8 months away.
     
  9. Jon.Stewart87 macrumors regular

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    don't slash the mini, man!

    its a marvelous machine for most peoples needs and is incredibly space saving.

    I'd say a majority of mac buyers purchase a mac much too large (capability wise) for their use.


    anyway,

    the new iMacs are beautiful, I'd get one now.
     
  10. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    Been thinking about it for a while and you are right. Anybody want my 24" iMac? I'm going back to my more reasonable Mini. I feel less intimidated by it:eek:
     
  11. bob vansteel macrumors regular

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    and the specs of your imac are?
     
  12. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    I think I'm going to get my top-end Imac mid August, this is hopefully when they have the free ipod tocuch offer too. I have heard ( I know its not facts ), that they may be getting updated in Sep/Oct. Do you think i should wait until then, it will be my first iMac and i don't wana get upset knowing that i spent well over £1K then its ecomes ' outdated' a few weeks later.

    Its suppost ot be around another 129 days until the next upgrade, do we think this will actually happen - its before christmas but they also said the mac mini upgrade was ages ago and it never happened.

    ...Generally speaking do apple upgrade there products before chirstmas to make more money?

    NStocks
     
  13. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    hmmm the next refresh must include the quad processor prob as an option for the best imac cause there is nothing really for them to update to processor wise
     
  14. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    Bigger is always better. If it looks too big, move your chair back and use the wireless keyboard. Integrated graphics alone is a reason to veer away from the mini. Besides, you want to tell chicks you got a mini?
     
  15. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    better than them finding out
     
  16. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    3.06GHz, 4GB ram and 500GB HDD. It's just too darn big. I feel like I am sitting in a personal iMax theatre when I surf the web :D
     
  17. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    It never gets that far with me. They take a look at my profile picture in MacRumors and I never hear from them again. Sometimes I think they don't like my hat :rolleyes:
     
  18. gehrbox macrumors 65816

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    So ya think if I tell them I have a 24" model they will be impressed?
     
  19. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I don't expect any changes to the iMac for some time. The "Santa Rosa Special" update they just did offers the same FSB and memory speeds moving to the Montevina platform would. Since the iMac uses a discrete GPU, there is no need to move to Montevina for the x4500 IGPU. And while some of the new Montevina-compatible Penryns have larger L2 caches, that's not going to set the world on fire and who knows, they just might work in the "Santa Rosa Special". If not, the iMac already matches their clockspeeds.

    I would expect the QX9300 mobile quad-core would work in the "Santa Rosa Specials" if the dual-cores do, but if not, then I would expect Apple to not offer it because between the price of the CPU ($1038) and the cost of a special motherboard for it, we could see a quad-core iMac costing upwards of $750 to $1000 more then the 3.06 model and at that point, by a Mac Pro.

    All of this is predicated on why the "Santa Rosa Specials" came into being. Was it because Apple is sitting on six month's production worth of Santa Rosa iMac motherboards that they didn't want to unload to clear the way for Montevina? Or was Apple almost out of Santa Rosa MBs, but didn't want to have zero product as they waited for Montevina and so were able to convince Intel to give them a Santa Rosa board that had similar performance to a Montevina MB so when Apple did switch over in late August/early September, end-users wouldn't know the difference?
     
  20. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    For that reason I expect a H1 2009 update. Apple would then be able to have 3.33 GHz dual-cores in the top-end iMac.

    Wishful thinking here, but maybe Intel could make a "Montevina special" update with 1333 MHz FSB for Apple that would last until Q4 2009 or Q1 2010.

    I think all those theories are probable. Another one could be that Apple wanted to send all the Montevina chipsets to the Montevina MacBooks and MacBook Pros so Apple could release them quickly and not have to worry about supply.
     
  21. ShadowXOR macrumors regular

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    I'm not worried or bothered by a refresh, I'm just afraid that they'll do a complete overhaul in a few months which WOULD bother me. This is my first Mac and I'm going to get it top of the line, should I snag it now?
     
  22. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    The iMac was redesigned last year, and I don't think there will be another one until 2010 at least.

    Internally, Nehalem is a big redesign of the processor microarchitecture, but that won't land until Q3 2009. There will most likely be one more update before Nehalem.
     
  23. NiroNavro thread starter macrumors regular

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    Price

    Any chance that we'll see a drop in price here soon? My wallet would appreciate that.
     
  24. AceFernalld macrumors 65816

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    Apple's usual process of updating it's products is to keep the price points and upgrade the specs. For example, in the next update we could see the 2.66 Ghz option moving down to the $1200 slot, instead of the $1500 slot. They were just updated, and for a computer running so fast with the amazing OS X on it, I recommend buying now. :)
     
  25. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Something new is always planned or in the pipeline. My BMB is awesome, but I want to replace my AMD Athlon 3700 Tower. Processor/MOBO are kickin, but the PS/Video card, need updating, getting random shutdowns, etc, and to complete the move to Mac, (and as the PC dies) I'm waiting for the Quad Core i-Mac. Dress it with 4 GB Ram,(8 if available :eek:)and the Largest HDD I s/b good to go:rolleyes::cool:very:cool::D:apple::apple::apple::apple:
     

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