Getting an imac this year, should i wait?

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  1. blackhawk08 macrumors newbie

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    I am going to buy an imac 2.93 GHz 24in sometime this year and i was wondering if i should wait because i am hearing rumors that they will be changing the LCD screen to LED. I also heard about them changing the duo processor to a quad core. Also I wouldn't mind having Snow Leopard. Right now I am using a 5 year old dell with XP. It still runs pretty good, but there is no way i am moving to vista. So this will be my first mac and i am really excited, but i don't want to get angry if I get one now and they upgrade later in the year. One last question, can i always upgrade the RAM on the imac or no? I also just joined the forums today so hello everybody!
     
  2. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    Hi welcome to the forums. The iMacs got a small update at the beginning of March. The iMac is typically updated every 9 months, so I think you are pretty safe. Snow Leopard is small upgrade to the OS, so I would not be too concerned with waiting. No release dates have been announced in any case yet.
     
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  4. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    arrgggh

    everytime i get close to saying ill buy my iMac ASAP
    problems arise

    first i heard Snow Leopard was gonna wait
    but decided with bugs and all and a possible fall release instead of june
    i thought id juss go ahead and get the imac
    i would juss buy tSL later

    now i hear LCD screens becoming LED....(what does this mean)?
    i also hear Quadfor sounds nice but what is it?

    hearing all this wants to make me juss buy it next year
    so I can get the up to date iMac

    like they just update these things not even a month ago
    now there going through more updation coming :mad:
    p.s. i know that wasnt a word but ..... i liked using it
     
  5. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    Unfortunately an iMac is a computer, and no matter when you buy one, as some point after you buy it, it will be upgraded. I can understand if a product is due for a refresh, that people hold off, but in the case of the iMac it has just been updated, and therefore is unlikely to see an update (based on past history) until next year. If you need one buy one, If you don't need a new computer don't buy one.

    LED screens use less power, more evenly lit and give a better black than LCD screens. LED screens turn on quicker than LCD screens. However while noticeable, I don't think it so big a deal.

    iMac's using Quad (4 processors) rather than current Due (2 processors) is just a rumour at this stage that was being suggested before the recent March update. It did not happen and I am not sure it will in the next update either, as really 4/8 processor Macs are what the more expensive Mac Pro's are about in my opinion.

    Snow Leopard is mainly an 'under the hood' upgrade, without any significant new functionality.
     
  6. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    Okay.....
    youre point makes sense
    that things will always be updated and you can always wait for something better
    I can lived without an LED screen doesnt seem to bother me cuz im going to be using the computer for the basics.

    but what exactly is quad4?
    if the rumour happens to be true will it cost a lot more?
    and what will it do? (sorry i know nothing on the subject)
     
  7. blackhawk08 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    a quad is 4 cores whereas the duo is 2 cores. Its just more processing power
     
  8. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    so for basic use
    it doesnt matter if I have it at all

    i mean I dont game or edit any video/music
     
  9. blackhawk08 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Duos are pretty fast so you should be totally fine.
     
  10. iMacmatician macrumors 601

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    Next update may be early next year with Arrandale (32 nm dual-core).

    I don't see quad-core until 2011 or mid-2010.

    …while 4/8-core PCs are what a bunch of PCs over $1000 (and even some under $1000) are about.
     
  11. blackhawk08 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Awesome, so i think i'll be ordering my mac pretty soon then.
     

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