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Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by makintosh, Jan 13, 2007.
Does anyone know the new iMac 4 duo release date! Thank you
You're looking at quite a few months. The soonest would be if Apple upped the Mac Pros and the iMacs at the same time.
No-one in the general public knows the release date of an Apple product unless Apple gives it to them. It will be quite a few months before all of the iMacs are on quad-core chips. I reckon the 24" iMac may get the quad while the rest stay on C2D chips.
Next time, can you please make your thread sound like a question? The current title makes it sound like you have some knowledge of the release date of the "Core 2 Quad" (not core4duo) iMac.
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this thread title = biggest letdown all day!
What is the iMac 4 Duo?
OP must have meant quad core.
I thought that all iMacs were Merom CPU'd which means no quad core.
They used to be single core G5s, too.
Agreed. This had me dashing for the Apple site in under 10 miliseconds
Well, it's not like it was *** OMG Confirmed!! ***
just to clarify...it would be core 2 quad...the number refering to the iteration and the last word to the number of cores
weird. before i posted there were no responses. sorry for the repeat
They are and they won't be using the Quad Core chips comming out seeing as they have a TDP 3 times that of merom. There is no indication of when we will see quadcore mobile chips, I'm guessing not until Intel begin using the 32nm process in 2009, though I suppose it's possible we will here more about it when details begin emerging on the 45nm process later this year.
I guess Apple could always surprise with a dual CPU C2D iMac. That would be fun!
I can't imagine it will possibly take that long. That'd create a real gap in performance, which I can't imagine Intel allowing.
Four Core mobile processors by the fall. That's my call.
Not in the Intel roadmap, AFAIK.
They'll make it happen.
Otherwise, a pretty huge gap opens up between notebook and desktop performance.
It may not be pretty, but they'll make it happen.
Like the old joke about the two runners meeting a bear in the woods, they don't have to be faster than the desktop, only faster than AMDs mobile CPUs.
But, like I said, with Quad-Core desktop chips shipping, I can't see it being too long. I mean, under the present conditons, at least - the Merom and the Conroe aren't that many times removed from eachother.
so iMacs use mobile processors right? any indications they might ever change that?
May be longer than you think since the issue is...
Laptop vs. Desktop
And the iMac is actually a mobile machine in desktop clothing, so it is subject to the laptop constraints on when those parts will ship for a laptop.
Current Apple ships machines based on 2 Intel chipsets, one being mobile and the other workstation/server oriented. Basically XServe/Mac Pro being 5000 series and eveything else a 965 mobile based system.
When Apple gets enough laptop and iMac volume to slip the lines into mobile-based and desktop-based you can look for the iMac to catch back up and get a desktop sibling or two (like maybe a consumer tower)
So if the iMac hits 1-2 million units a quarter with the mobiles not far behind -- it'll likely be time for a split.
That's what I want the most. More than an iMac.
I beg to differ.
Anyway laptops have supposed to have compromises in terms of performance anyway. I'd rather have a laptop with a longer running life than a workstation-an-inch-above-my-p3n15 deal.
It is also much easier to make quad desktop chips; they are basically just two Core 2 chips stitched together, than to stitch them together, and reduce the process and feature size small enough to reduce its power consumption. Just not going to happen.
If it takes as long as some are suggesting, they'll probably do it sooner rather than later.
If they do switch iMacs to desktop CPUs, they would need larger (noisier) fans and bigger (heavier) power supplies. Not going to happen, at least not in the current design. Mid-range tower more likely.