iMac to be updated again after MacWorld?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jgw1283, Sep 19, 2007.

  1. jgw1283 macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
    Tempe, AZ
    I really want one of the new iMacs, but I want it now or wait until Leopard at the latest. However, since the iPhone deal, I'm hesitant to buy things right away from Apple in fear they may update it shortly after. What do you think about Apple possibly upgrading the new iMac line in Jan/Feb? What do you think they would update about it?
  2. theheyes macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2006
    They arent going to slash the prices of the iMac like they did the iPhone, and any upgrade to the iMac is going to be minor.
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    No real new parts coming from Intel until Spring 08. Buy now.
  4. RafMac macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2007
    I am hearing from inside sources they are working on a 30" iMac version, the monitor part is same as apple's 30" cinema display. Apple is aggresively going after the market with new intel chips. Switcher rates are on the rise currently with new iMacs, especially the demand for 24" 2.8Ghz model is overwhelming apple now.
  5. jgw1283 thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 6, 2007
    Tempe, AZ
    hmmm well I dont need a 30'' iMac, so maybe I will just buy now.

    I prefer the 20'' simply because I dont need the 24'' and the high end 20 has everything I need, but I am hearing about the screens not being as good. Can anyone shed light on exactly what this is about?
  6. RafMac macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2007
    I don't know why people are complaining problems with 20" imacs and 24" are being superior. I think somebody is stimulating the market to buy 24" instead as there are shortgages for 24" 2.8Ghz orders now. Both monitors are same and are run on same drivers. Go see yourself at apple store.
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Simply not true. The 24" is a superior panel to the 20". This has been proven by looking at part numbers. Many people have commented on the superior 24" display. It even boasts a wider viewing angle. They are not the same part.
  8. ClassicBean macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2004
    I don't really understand all the hoopla concerning the screen quality of the iMacs.

    I've got a 20 incher and the quality is fantastic. Mind you, I needed to calibrate the color out of the box as it originally looked a little washed out, but once you get that done using expert mode, it's amazing.

    I was at a Future Shop today and they had the new iMacs and the old iMacs sitting side by side. Screen quality difference is like night and day. The new 20 inch crushes the old screen in my opinion.
  9. Vidd macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    What's the chance of a better graphics card, though?
  10. Tracer macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    30" iMac?

    Currently the Apple 30" ACD costs $1700, what the hell is this thing going to cost?

  11. barcoguy45 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2007
    Go look in the store. Open itunes show, internet radio station. Then look at the blue and white dividing bars. On mine in different areas it would fade to white. 24" has a higher quality screen. 20" is a cheaper screen. Look for other posts on here that explain it better
  12. fireplace macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2007
    I bought A 20" 2.4 today. Its great, especially after having used a 12"PBG4 and a 15.4 windoze laptop for the last year. I have pondered long and hard but the impending demise of the windows machine pushed me - i just thought 'oh, what the hell!'

    Tiger works fine, i'll get the spotty OS when the bugs have been ironed out.

    as regards the screen - mine seems fine. I may be a bit more scrupulous if were some visual arts pro - but i'm not, i'll do simple processing on the shots from my cannon 400d and that's about it.

    my suspicions about some people that complain about screens are:
    a) too many hours spent at computer screens, and
    b) (mummy said) frequent masturbation

    ...make your eyes go funny.
  13. Italchef macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2003
    Maple, Ontario
    The answer here, as always, is that it's anyone's guess. I decided last fall to purchase a new iMac. According to the buying guide the update was really due at Macworld. I decided to wait until the updated ones arrived. Well its well into September now and I'm finally getting my iMac. At this point I could have waited another month and had mine ship with Leopard.
    I guess my point is that unless you really need it, and at this point I do, you could be waiting forever for the next update/release. In the grand sceme of things whatever you buy will be outdated in 6 months anyway, so just buy when you need it and be happy with your purchase. If you're only concerned with getting the latest and greatest, then PC's are a better choice as you can swap, dissect, etc.
    Let us know what you decide.

  14. imacdaddy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2006
    Wirelessly posted (SonyEricssonP1i/R100 Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Symbian OS; 598) Opera 8.65 [en])

    Intel just announced there will be a refresh in January on Santa Rosa with the 45nm Penryn. I would say an iMac refresh at Macworld.
  15. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    Doesn't Intel have a new chip coming out in a few months? Penryn or something? Maybe that's a desktop processor. Anyway, I think any update will be minor, like a processor bump.

    I just got a 2.8 24", and it's amazing. I recommend it.
  16. RafMac macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2007
    The existing iMac is a faster chip than the new ones coming in january, as they are for MacBook Pro. The are rated at 2.8 extreme, 2.6, 2.5, 2.4 and 2.1.
    The current macBook Pros are 2.2 and 2.4. iMac is not going to see a refresh until 3 or 4 quarter next year. Get over it and buy whats there now. As for OS X Leopard we'll get either free upgrade or discounted. My reseller will get me for free anyway. We are less than 30 days from an upgrade.
  17. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Apple never uses Macworld for refresh lines. It's only for new innovative products.
  18. FatSweatyBlldog macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2007
    The difference is LCD panel type

    The AL iMac 20'' uses a TN panel (type of panel found on most laptops)
    The AL imac 24'' uses an H-IPS panel

    The white 20'' iMac uses an S-IPS panel, so if you want to go 20'' and LCD panel quality is essential to your needs, you can consider that as an option.

    Here are some specific characteristics of each type:

    TN film (Twisted Nematic)
    - low manufacturing/retail costs
    - restrictive viewing angles
    - fast pixel response times
    - dead pixels display white. Stuck pixels display RGB colors
    - lower contrast levels means blacks are not as dark as VA based panels
    - lower color reproduction

    IPS (In Plane Switching)
    - improved viewing angles over TN
    - very good color reproduction
    - slower pixel response times than TN
    - dead pixels display black
    - lower contrast levels means blacks are not as dark as VA based panels

    Super-IPS (S-IPS)
    - same as IPS except ...
    - likely best color reproduction of all TFT
    - less expensive to produce than IPS
    - improved pixel response

    Find more info here:

  19. imacdaddy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2006
    Sorry but how are the existing C2D Extreme Merom chips in the iMac with 4M L2 Cache be faster than the upcoming mobile Penryn chips with 6M L2 Cache? :confused:

    These Penryn chips can very well and easily make their way into the new iMacs (Rev.B). Because the new iMacs already support the Santa Rosa CPU with 800MHz FSB, I believe one can DYI upgrade the processor with the new Penryn 6M L2 cache as they have the same socket.
  20. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    True . . . they usually up the specs while keeping prices flat. Apparently not an option for iPhone (although I suspect the price drop is a hidden subsidy from AT&T, which usually drops phone prices/increses rebates a few weeks/months after release of a new phone).

    As for 30" imac, isn't there a limit? At some point, you're basically buying a monitor, and those last a lot longer than the computer (in terms of being up to date). If you need 30", you probably want a pro (or, if they made it, a nice powerful mini).
  21. blumoon macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2007
    Thanks for the summary. Very informative.
  22. DemNoir macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007
    Anyone who reads this forum knows that the new iMac is worst computer since the Coleco Adam. Expect the iMac to be dropped at MacWorld and Steve Jobs to use the event to issue an apology and tender his resignation.
  23. imac/cheese macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2007
    A lot of people are using the iMac for entertainment purposes and a 30" screen would be great. The fact that getting a mac pro and a 30" ACD is extremely expensive and the mac pro would be overkill for entertainment purposes, a 30" iMac could still find a market. A lot of people love the simplicity of an all-in-one. Also with resolution independence in Leopard, a larger screen is even more of a benefit for those that want to work some distance from their computer.
  24. flipperanubi, Sep 20, 2007
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  25. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007

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