Goodbye, for now, dear iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GerryPelser, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. GerryPelser macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2012
    The new iMac that I’ve been waiting for so patiently is such a letdown, really disappointed. I feel cheated. I’ve just put in an order for a new power-tower PC, has everything I need and want, better specs but half the price of the big iMac.

    I’ve been battling forever to move away from windows into the Mac environment, I hate bloody Windows same as everyone else, but when Mac sacrifices functionality for design, this is what happens. At least on my PC I can still burn DVDs (vital in my industry) without having to buy an external drive. Why do I have to buy an external accessory for an “all in one” machine? Maybe it should be “some-in-one”. Sorry Apple, I was ready to convert, but alas, I’m not going to. You cannot fulfil my needs just yet, so for now, I’m still giving money to Seattle as opposed to Cupertino. I’ll be back in a year or two for the 2014 or 2015 iMacs, maybe then you can make my wheels spin, but for now, an i7 ivy Bridge and a DVD burner wins over your amazingly sleek design. SD card at the back? Utterly impractical. USB 3 is nice and all, but will it change my workflow and make my life easier? No. Especially since I have to sacrifice at least one USB port to an external drive.

    Goodbye, Apple, we’ll meet again in 36-odd months, when I’m done swearing like a drunken sailor on shore leave at PC, and I hope this time round, you will remember the graphic professionals whom you’ve made your name with.
  2. MoreAwesomeDanU macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2010
    how did you build one for half the price? an decent i7 ivy bridge setup would cost you around $1200 without a monitor. 27" ips is around the $800 range.

    so sick and tired of people claiming windows PCs to be half the price.
  3. kdoug macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2010
    Iowa City, IA USA
    I think it's pretty obvious Apple is getting out of the desktop business. You might be gone for a very, very, very long time.
  4. Curren~Sea macrumors regular


    Jun 21, 2006
    Vancouver, BC
    You're not really in Apple's target market if you're not willing to pay a small premium for a better product. All I hear you saying is that it's too expensive.
  5. Aldaris macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2004
    Salt Lake
    I think Apple is really just getting into buy 'the device' no more upgrading. However-It really should be worth noting most people will be able to get 4 years of good use out of their machines, and more even after that. A lot of technology advancements reach a chasm after a few years anyway. I mean who is still upgrading their towers from 2006? 2008?

    It's a trade to be sure, and to each his own. As for me I'm more of a laptop guy these days, but I have had a MDD G4 and two G5's in my days.


    Thanks for the giggle :)
  6. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I am pretty sure that you do not have to check back. There still will not be a DVD burner in 3 years.

  7. Ak907Freerider, Oct 25, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012

    Ak907Freerider macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    Just bought a iMac and I priced out windows to they are both in same ball park for price. But build quality apple for the win, almost all windows pc is plastic junk. If your going to spend big money on a machine shouldn't u spend it on quality builds not run of mill black plastic case cheap looking monitor. Oh wait it has shiny colors totally worth it for high end pc lol ya right. Enjoy your windows 8 poor design and I hope your warranty tech speaks English .

    How do you say not covered under warranty in India hmmm oh well when u hear let me know.
  8. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    I can agree with you on everything except the screen. Try to make a Windows box + a screen for less then an iMac price. Almost can't be done unless you compromise on screen quality. After using an iMac screen I'd not settle for anything less anymore.
  9. inscrewtable macrumors 68000


    Oct 9, 2010
    Wow you've been battling forever to move away from Windows but you have decided to work with a crap OS and bad quality ugly design simply because you don't want to use an external burner. That is really sad, especially as you can run a better burner that won't bring your machine down if it tanks. What GPU is going to be on your new purchase I wonder?
  10. Ak907Freerider macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2012
    I know I don't miss the rat nest of cables from my old desktop pc
  11. boy-better-know macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2010
    If you require a dvd drive for your work then the iMac is never ever going to meet your needs ever again. So you would have to buy an external drive, but the thought of that is so horific.
  12. nagareru macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    I am one and that 680MX is going to be a beast in doing complex compositing and 3D stuff. As well as professional video/photo editing. The 756 will be screaming fast and the 32Gb ram (maybe 64?) will be awesome.

    I have no idea why you cry, I know it sounds very arrogant but thats how this world is, if you can't pay it well, just go away.
  13. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice

    OP... all because of an external burner? Hilarious. You were never gonna buy one anyway. I call troll.
  14. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    So, OP, you didn't for the MBPro as you said you were going to do back in June for that sudden project?
  15. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
  16. Icaras, Oct 26, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012

    Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    So far what we've learned from this thread alone:

    1. The top BTO GPU on the top end 27" is going to be killer based on early benchmarks.

    2. The lack of an ODD is easily remedied with a external solution (cheap if you get 3rd party).

    What's ironic is that you went with a tower PC instead of another AIO design. So instead of just one external device with just one additional cable, you will have to connect an external display that will use two cables. So you're basically trading an ultra thin and small, external ODD peripheral that weighs less than a pound to a hulking tower thing that you'll have to find a place to sit. How does that even compare? So confused.

    And it just sounds like you were never fully financially committed to an iMac in the first place.
  17. Briax macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2011

    Hey OP,
    Have you ever thought of a hackintosh? I was looking forward to the new iMac as well, but honestly, i am not a big fan of the new design + the limited upgradeability! I started searching the web for an alternative, and I've heard about hackintoshes! I thought what the hell, and decided to buy compatible hardware for OS X.
    It runs like a charm! The full experience of OS X (dual boot windows or linux is possible), you can upgrade as you want, very powerful graphics options. I could not be happier with my decision and can only recommend it!
  18. Scrapula macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Seattle instead of Cupertino? Microsoft is in Redmond. If you want to lump Redmond into Seattle, then just call Cupertino San Francisco instead.

    When I built an equivalent PC with the Dell IPS 27" screen, I was at $3k. If I went with Dell's "All In One", it would cost me about the same as an iMac but come with a crappier GPU.
  19. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    OK lets compare fair!
    Grab a Mini with 2.6Ghz quad i7
    Grab a TB display
    Add 4Gb
    Together 1940$
    The most expensive iMac:
    1999$, and it is HALF AS FAST as it is a 4 thread instead of an 8 thread machine!
    Cant compare to BTO iMac options as they are unknown and unprized yet.

    The first and cheapest setup is available right now.
    The second is probably in time for Christmas, and we don't know yet how the iMac will deal with its childhood diseases.

    Apple kills its iMac from inside and from the bottom. Unbelievable.
  20. indecisiveKid, Oct 26, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012

    indecisiveKid Suspended

    Feb 16, 2012
    You've clearly got issues, Every Apple release you claim your buying, So you have 15" rMBP,Iphone 5 and now new iMac (This is after supposedly having some of the previous gens) yet your at Uni and in UK , Why do you need all these products? I presume mom and daddy are paying for you so you will never know the value of working hard.

    The iMac is clearly a 2011 iMac that is slimmer on the edges!! FACT yet you will be too blind to see that it looks the same from the front of the iMac. As long as your ego is satisfied and mummy and daddy are bank rolling you what do you care?!?

    PS I don't know any Uni guys able to afford what you claim you have/keep up to date every year. Good on ya keep making Apple rich

    PS stop upping your own comments too, you do it all the time. Ego thing again?!
  21. richman555 macrumors 6502


    Jan 23, 2010
    Collegeville, PA
    I think this thread is hilarious.

    The new iMac is a computer lovers dream fully realized.

    If you are looking for a box stuffed with upgradable parts, those days are on the way out my friend. The optical drive is also on the way out and still available for those who want it.
  22. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    Wow, let me count the fallacies:
    1) Comparing a mobile i7 in the Mini to the desktop i5 in the iMac
    2) Comparing Intel integrated graphics in the Mini to discrete Nvidia graphics in the iMac
    3) Asserting that the # of threads is the sole determining factor of the speed of a system

    Did I miss anything?

    The low Mini is a casual machine. The top Mini is a numbers cruncher. To compare them to an iMac is to compare a Jeep to a helicopter.. ok sure, they both can get you from point A to point B, but the situations where one is preferred over the other are very different.
  23. jon9091 macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2002
    So, just get the 2011 27" and a big box of Kleenex. If you're really a Graphics can just bill your clients for the wee bit longer it will take you to complete the same tasks on this "slower" machine. It's not like they are gonna know the difference.
  24. inhalexhale1 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    Ridgewood, NJ
    Agreed. I think people just throw that idea out there, and probably have never really built a PC. When you add the cost of all the components up, it's not as cheap as many make it out to be. Especially if you compare directly with an iMac purchase, which means you need to include the cost of a 27" or 21.5" high quality monitor, like one from DELL.

    Of course it will last longer because you can replace parts as you go, but that's not initial cost to build vs. cost of iMac.
  25. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    incase no one noticed, the op is no longer in the thread or the building. the other 3 posts made by the same poster are just as awesome as this one. just sayin...


    that is all, carry on if you wish. :)

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