iMac 2012

AppleDeviceUser

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When do you think the new iMac is coming out?
Could it be as early as Jan. or Feb. 2012?
Also what do you think will be added or changed compared to the iMac 2011? :apple:
 

01jamcon

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Its gonna be touch screen, retina display, 30 inches, bezel-less, twice the performance and lets not forget...even thinner :rolleyes:

Lol, I'm kidding. Nobody really know apart from Apple, I'm not exactly sure, but the new Ivy Bridge processors which are worth waiting for, won't be out until mid-2012 so even if they do release another revision early on, it probably won't be a huge change.
 

boy-better-know

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There are loads of threads on this already, but seen as I am excited about the next iMac, I shall participate.
As above, no one knows, there has been many a healthy discussion on here about whats next for iMac, Apple TV, siri control, 30" screen, cross over with the dying Mac Pro, the list goes on.
Personally, I like the 27" as the premium screen size I guess 30" would work too, but it would be getting close to the limit. I would also like a complete design change and some more user serviceable parts
 

tom.

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There are loads of threads on this already, but seen as I am excited about the next iMac, I shall participate.
As above, no one knows, there has been many a healthy discussion on here about whats next for iMac, Apple TV, siri control, 30" screen, cross over with the dying Mac Pro, the list goes on.
Personally, I like the 27" as the premium screen size I guess 30" would work too, but it would be getting close to the limit. I would also like a complete design change and some more user serviceable parts
Indeed, plenty of threads already.

My guess is we'll see it in March/April.
 

bungiefan89

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This probably won't happen, but I'd like to see a redesigned case that's exactly like the current one except for one change: beveled edges.

I move my 27" iMac around a moderate amount, and the edge of this thing can really be a pain on your palms and fingers. Not the biggest deal in the world, but carrying this thing around usually means holding a VERY finely honed 90 degree angle of aluminum held down by 30 pounds of weight.
 

01jamcon

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This probably won't happen, but I'd like to see a redesigned case that's exactly like the current one except for one change: beveled edges.

I move my 27" iMac around a moderate amount, and the edge of this thing can really be a pain on your palms and fingers. Not the biggest deal in the world, but carrying this thing around usually means holding a VERY finely honed 90 degree angle of aluminum held down by 30 pounds of weight.
I would suggest that you are hugely in the minority of people who regularly carry around their 27", 30.5 pound iMacs. Most people tend to get a laptop. ;)

You forgot to add "Chin-less" in that list. :)
I think that was implied by "bezel-less"
 

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01jamcon said:
This probably won't happen, but I'd like to see a redesigned case that's exactly like the current one except for one change: beveled edges.

I move my 27" iMac around a moderate amount, and the edge of this thing can really be a pain on your palms and fingers. Not the biggest deal in the world, but carrying this thing around usually means holding a VERY finely honed 90 degree angle of aluminum held down by 30 pounds of weight.
I would suggest that you are hugely in the minority of people who regularly carry around their 27", 30.5 pound iMacs. Most people tend to get a laptop. ;)

You forgot to add "Chin-less" in that list. :)
I think that was implied by "bezel-less"
Id like mine bottomless ;)
 

onthecouchagain

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For what it's worth:

"On the desktop front, Intel told partners that its Ivy Bridge architecture will be delayed until the second quarter of 2012. Apple will likely refresh its desktop Mac lineup with 2012 Ivy Bridge chipset."

iMac 2012 might be coming later than we think.

Source: http://9to5mac.com/2012/01/10/ces-2012-intel-fakes-live-ultrabook-demo-mulls-massive-advertising-campaign-to-push-macbook-air-killers/


For those who are wondering what "Second Quarter" means...

* 1st Quarter: October 1, 2011 - December 31, 2011
* 2nd Quarter: January 1, 2012 - March 31, 2012
* 3rd Quarter: April 1, 2012 - June 30, 2012
* 4th Quarter: July 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012

So I'm going to wager April, at the earliest before we see a 2012 iMac with the Ivy Bridge chipset. As for whether they'll redesign or not... hm!
 
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forty2j

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Depends on who's "2nd quarter" we're talking about. If it's calendar year, 2Q is April-June.

.. Speaking as someone who managed to buy a 2007 C2D iMac 37 days before the 2008 refreshes came out, you can be sure I'm waiting until after the refresh this time. But I do wish there was more solid information on specs, design changes, and timing...
 

Kungshi

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I know ivy bridge is going to be a nice boost for power usage efficiency and such in the notebook lines, but are there any significant benefits for the Desktops? It just doesn't seem like this iMac refresh will be as significant as the last regarding the processor.
 

macsoft3

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hum.. just got me 27" the 3.4 i7, 16 gigs ram, 2 gigs GPU mem, 256 SSD+ 2TB HDD. Its a dream iMac! i couldn't be happyier with a computer! VERY responsive! open ALL apps simultaneuslly in a second! its a dream!
This will do me fine for the next 6 years, as my last 24" white iMac did.
How cares about the 2012

Ahh! and mine has kind of a touchscreen too! :p well. kind of. I used the wii remote hack to turn my screen into a smartboard. lots of fun!

iMac forever! :p
 

boy-better-know

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I am hoping for any time now until april. I have the money available so would be nice to get it asap.
I will not be buying if it isn't a redesign though.
 

macsoft3

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I am hoping for any time now until april. I have the money available so would be nice to get it asap.
I will not be buying if it isn't a redesign though.
I personally i still like the white 24" look better. the black bevel on the new imacs kind of ruins it a bit.

But you seriously would not buy an iMac just because they dont redisign it? That just sound crazy to me.. :S Do you really think the esthetics of the current iMac are that bad, that you prefer not having none, against having the current desing? :O
 

onthecouchagain

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I'm hoping for a redesign, not so much for aesthetics, but mainly hoping that they some how have come up with a better solution for the glass display to prevent dust from getting behind it. It can become a nightmare. Also, would be nice if it didn't overheat.
 

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There' a lot of talk on this board about iMacs overheating, but I wonder if this really is a problem for many people. None of the people I know mention this, and neither does any of the dozens of reviews I've read.

Am I wrong in thinking that this isn't really a big problem?
 

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There' a lot of talk on this board about iMacs overheating, but I wonder if this really is a problem for many people. None of the people I know mention this, and neither does any of the dozens of reviews I've read.

Am I wrong in thinking that this isn't really a big problem?
A lot of people touch the back and assume it's overheating without looking at the temperature gauges of what is going on in the machine. Then they post on forums like these in a panic.

Would you touch your car's engine to check if it's overheating or would you look at the temperature gauge?
 

ibitedeadskunks

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A lot of people touch the back and assume it's overheating without looking at the temperature gauges of what is going on in the machine. Then they post on forums like these in a panic.

Would you touch your car's engine to check if it's overheating or would you look at the temperature gauge?
Good analogy! :) I'd say on a desktop computer up to 60°C on the CPU is acceptable, beyond 70-80 is probably an indication of something slightly suspicious. I have personally never had heating problems on my 24" iMac (C2D 2007).

Regarding the screen size, am I the only person who doesn't hope to see an increase to 30" on iMacs?? I have a 24", as mentioned earlier, and I am perfectly content with it. I have done some design work on a 27" iMac and I have to say I find it a bit too large to work with. Sure it's cool to watch a movie or football game on a larger screen, but it's a bit tiring to the eye and neck to work intensively in front of one of those. I'd personally welcome the option of getting a 24" option again, for instance 24" and 30" as options. Also glossy screen is pretty annoying sometimes.

It's pretty annoying that the "best" hardware is usually available only in the largest machines (desktop and laptop alike), but I guess they have to justify the price tag.

Otherwise I hope for a re-design as well, not because the current design is faulty in any way, but because the current design is getting old and I am hoping for some innovative changes. Oh and...

I would also like a complete design change and some more user serviceable parts
I couldn't agree more :)
 

theSeb

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Good analogy! :) I'd say on a desktop computer up to 60°C on the CPU is acceptable, beyond 70-80 is probably an indication of something slightly suspicious. I have personally never had heating problems on my 24" iMac (C2D 2007).

Regarding the screen size, am I the only person who doesn't hope to see an increase to 30" on iMacs?? I have a 24", as mentioned earlier, and I am perfectly content with it. I have done some design work on a 27" iMac and I have to say I find it a bit too large to work with. Sure it's cool to watch a movie or football game on a larger screen, but it's a bit tiring to the eye and neck to work intensively in front of one of those. I'd personally welcome the option of getting a 24" option again, for instance 24" and 30" as options. Also glossy screen is pretty annoying sometimes.

It's pretty annoying that the "best" hardware is usually available only in the largest machines (desktop and laptop alike), but I guess they have to justify the price tag.

Otherwise I hope for a re-design as well, not because the current design is faulty in any way, but because the current design is getting old and I am hoping for some innovative changes. Oh and...
60-65 under load is fine. 72 is around the maximum that the desktop CPUs in the 2011 iMac range will handle before shutting down (it varies slightly for the different chips). The problem is that by around 65 the CPU will start throttling itself to prevent catastrophic failure so keeping them cool is beneficial to users doing CPU based activities for extended periods of time.
 

Skippern

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Don't you have to take into account that the gauges only show what temperature immediately around the sensor, and not necessarily the temperature of the die/disk/whatever? And that the die/disk/whatever temperature might in fact be lower than the sensor's? And that Apple's engineers might have taken this into account?