How soon before next iMac refresh?

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  1. mindquest macrumors regular

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    Any idea what the normal refresh cycle is for the iMac's? I am not in a rush but if a potential cycle was coming up I would wait off till I purchased another iMac.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    My guess is April. Last update was in July and it usually takes ~10 months for Apple to update them again. Just a guess though, March and May are very possible too
     
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    You can check out the Buyer's Guide here at MR
    Other than that, it is just a guess
     
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  6. ConnorTurnbull macrumors 6502

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    Buy now if you want one, there won't be much change. I actually doubt they will even put in the Sandy Bridge processor scheme... this year.

    However, I'll be buying an iMac mid-April s I hope they're released round then.
     
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    Buyers guides are becoming less reliable on average because Apple seems to be going longer between refreshing their products. It could be sometime this spring late March or April, but it could also be the summer before the iMac receives a refresh. Nobody really knows.
     
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    I'll be getting 2 iMac's one for the home and another one for school for FCP projects
    The home one is going to replace an 867 G4 from 2001 running 10.4
    Will probably turn that back into an OS 9 Machine for the "Good old days" of gaming:D
     
  10. HuggyLowDown macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure it's going to be around April. There have been rumors that April is the next refresh for iMacs and MacBook Pros. But, it's still just a rumors.

    Don't get too excited, yet.
     
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  13. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

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    Need to get a desk top SOON

    Back in school as is the wife and she is constantly stealing my computer and I can't do my work on her's I've been eying a 27" iMac for a while and will have the finds in about 3 weeks as unlikely as it is I would love for the refresh to happen post haste.
     
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    If you don't do anything intensive, then current iMacs are just fine. It's expected that iMacs will just receive a speed bump
     
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    Thats good to know thanks.
     
  16. T-bag Guest

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    Are you sure it's not a major update? I just ordered a iMac 27" i7. It will still last for 4-5 years right? Some video/photo on a hobby basis, autocad in 64 bit windows and also some blizzard gaming.
     
  17. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Depends what you consider as major upgrade. New form factors or redesign are very unlikely. The biggest update could be blade SSD + HD combo but that is just speculation. Besides, you can add an SSD to your i7 whenever you want.

    The current iMac should easily last 4-5 years
     
  18. T-bag Guest

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    Thats reassuring. Do you know if it's possible to buy an SSD and needed stuff for the install, and then pay an apple verified store to install it for me? Without losing the guarantee I mean.
     
  19. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I know couple of resellers here in Finland who offer that service. You should ask from the resellers in your country, most likely at least one of them can do that for you. I'm not sure about the warranty but again, ask from the store.

    Of course you can do it yourself as well
     
  20. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    I don't expect iMac to receive an update anytime so soon.

    iMac was updated in last July and it has been only 6 months. Apple usually waits like 10 months before the update. I expect iMac to be updated in summer.
     
  21. T-bag Guest

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    Ok thanks! Gonna send an email to all the verified ones now :)
    Hopefully it wont be too expensive if they offer that service.
     
  22. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Finnish resellers asked around 200€ for that service. You have to bring your own SSD of course. That is a big sum of money just for the service but still cheaper than buying the SSD straight from Apple
     
  23. T-bag Guest

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    Hmm, thats a lot. I've been using a 13" MB late 2008 with a 5400rpm disk the last few years so, guess a 7200rpm wont hurt that much ;) . I've built two PC computers in my youth - is it harder than that? I may give it a try after a couple of years. But because of all the screen issues I've read about lately, I don't want to give up the guaranty before I absolutely have to.

    Sorry to go off-topic, but with a SSD and HDD combo in an iMac, with the OS on the small SSD and the rest on the HDD, will you notice a huge difference from having it all on a regular 7200rpm? Except for a very short startup time and launching applications? The way I understand SSD you need to have all the files connected to the apps you're running to get the max out of it.
     
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    It's not very easy as it requires taking the screen off and partial removal of the logic board but it can be done.

    I don't notice that big difference between my iMac (HD) and MBA (SSD). It only helps when opening apps but I mostly leave everything running 24/7 so not a huge deal for me
     

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