iMac Core Duo Speed Bump?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DakotaGuy, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    It seems to me that since the MacBook Pro just got a speed bump before it even shipped that the iMac could get one soon as well. I was kind of tossing around the idea of a new iMac, but if there is nice little speed bump coming soon should I wait? I know it won't make a whole lot of difference in performance, but it kind of stinks to buy something and then in a month or two for the same price you get more.
  2. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    With the trouble that goes into speed bumps, I think Apple will keep them several months apart. The reason being is that then retailers are stuck with old machines, while Apple is promoting new, faster models, for the same price. You deal with this when its 2-3 times a year, but if they were to start doing this 4-5 times a year, it would create problems, so I think 2-3 updates per year will be the maximum.
  3. macaddicted macrumors regular


    Jul 23, 2002
    Down on Copperline...
    Out of curiosity I looked at the buyers guide for the amount of time between updates. The shortest time was 71 days for the introduction of the then new 20" iMacs. The next shortest period is up to the introduction of the newest iMacs at 90 days. Apple had good reason to try to push a new Mac out at Macworld and gave us the iMacs (and MPBs). If you discount the short time frame for these two "tweener" updates the average time frame goes from 181 days to 236. BTW the longest time difference was 287 days, 358 if you discount the addition of the 20" iMac as an upgrade (as opposed to a processor change).

    Whatever the case may be I could see Apple applying the new upgrade, but probably not until a while yet. Even at 71 days between updates we are looking at late March (3/22), 90 days is early April (4/10). I wouldn't think it likely, but obviously it has happened before. An average time frame would place the upgrade sometime after early July.
  4. p0intblank macrumors 68030

    Sep 20, 2005
    New Jersey

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