Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by captainbeefheat, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. captainbeefheat macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2006
    Ok in the next few months I will probably be looking to get a new Intel Mac and the iMac seems the obvious choice. On my desk I have a vaio which has a nice large screen however the only Mac in my room is a ibook which I use as my main machine really these days and 1024 x 768 is a pain to work with as a main machine.

    Anyway so basically I wana get myself a desktop mac to use for a range thing things. I would think a Imac would have the power anyway for what I want.

    My question is and it's probably a stupid one and certainly not a question with a definant answer. However the imac in it's current giuse has bee around a while so I would think it would be upgrade soon? Taking into account mac trends how likly is it to get an upgrade any time soon?

    I know that as apple constantly inovate you kinda just got to buy when you need to and not bother waiting as you just end up waiting forever! But if we are talking a few weeks after a purchse bit of a pain. Probably won't have the money anyway for a month or two.

    Thoughts, thanks.
  2. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    You gave the answer most will have. If you dont need it, and you will only have the money in a few months wait, but I think they will anyway only upgrade the imac in a few months anyway.
  3. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    I believe the current word is they will probably update the iMac next month. At least I hope so, I'm in the market for an iMac as well!
  4. Chris Bangle macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2006
    Im desperate for a new imac beacuse my G4 is veeeery slow. Ill probably wait till Macworld in January though, I hope they do redesign the intel imac beacuse it looks a bit boring now.
  5. thechris69 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2005
    I sadly am in the same position as you... I have the money, but I cant buy the iMac and have a new updated one come out a week later... come on steve just update it already!:(
  6. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I'm also very interested in an iMac, and am thus also very interested to know if/when they will be updated and with what.

    As I understand it (please tell me where I am wrong), the current iMacs use Yonah, an Intel Core Duo chip, which was designed for laptops. Is there a desktop version that Apple decided not to use?

    There is coming soon (or there already is?) a newer chip called the Core 2 Duo which comes in both a desktop and laptop version. The desktop version is called Conroe, and the laptop version is called Merom.

    So, I know there is very rarely inside information available, but by getting more information, I am thinking I can make a more informed decision.

    Have the Core 2 Duo chips been released, if not, when will they be? Will the iMac use the laptop or desktop version, or which is it expected to? If there was a desktop version of the Core Duo (Yonah), why didn't Apple use it in the iMac to begin with?

    If you guys know this information it would help me a lot!! Thanks.
  7. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I know I've asked a lot of questions already, but just one more: anyone think that Apple will announce a new iMac at the Apple Expo in Paris? Or do you think it'll be a longer wait?
  8. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    The Core 2 Duo chips have just been released in the last two weeks but haven't shipped in large enough volumes so they aren't being sold commercially yet since no one has enough of them. They'll be appearing in computers sold on the market by the end of the month.

    There is no desktop version of the Core Duo, it's a mobile chip.

    There's three versions of Core 2 Duo- there's Merom, the laptop version, Conroe, the desktop version, and Woodcrest, which is sold under the Xeon name but is still the same architecture and is basicly the ultimate version designed for workstations and servers. Woodcrest came out a month before the other two, and is being used in the Mac Pro.

    Merom is launching at the exact same price point as Yonah, and Yonah will be dropping in price. So the new Merom processors at a higher speed cost the same as the slower Yonah's used to cost.
  9. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    I'm in the exact same position as you. My PC is running like crap and I want a new computer, I can't stand Windows anymore. I want my iMac. But I'm not buying it with Core 2 Duo this close...

    I'm actually hoping a Core 2 Duo iMac (preferably Conroe) will be out BEFORE Mac Expo Paris. I can't imagine why Apple would wait longer than Mac Expo Paris though.
  10. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    I too am hoping for an imac update at the paris expo. Whats killing me also is the deal for students. Wait to see what happens and not get a nano or get a free nano... ummm...
  11. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    I wonder if no keynote at Apple Expo diminishes the chances of an iMac update soon. Hope not.

    I am pretty anxious about when this will come out because Apple is replacing my eMac free of charge with an iMac. I have a month to send in my eMac at which point they will send me the iMac, and I am hoping if a newer iMac is out by then that is the one they will send me.
  12. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
  13. jrk07 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    Add me to the list of people who would really enjoy to see an iMac update sometime soon. I have really enjoyed my G5 iMac, but it just doesn't cut it for what I need anymore.

    I want a silent (or at least a much quieter system, since my G5 revs up way too loud when I watch youtube videos even) system that runs Windows. I figure a Conroe iMac maxed out with 2gb of ram would be very nice for gaming under windows, and a great increase in performance all around.

    For anybody else contemplating an iMac, I must say that even though the iMac G5 I have is rather loud (it's a revision A, the only revision that had this problem really from what I've heard), I would highly recommend them for their great performance and beautiful monitors. /salesman mode
  14. TheManOfSilver macrumors regular


    Oct 26, 2004
    I'd love to see an iMac refresh soon too, but the reality is that I'll probably hold off buying for another 6 months (plus or minus a couple) until it comes pre-loaded with Leopard (why pay the extra $149) ... and who knows, maybe I'll be getting it after the next speed bump if I wait that long.

    Ideally I'd like to see a bit of a more dramatic redo of the iMac. I love the current format, but I think they rushed the first Intel iMac to market as part of their initial transition, and that they really intended to offer a new package with the new processor. I'm hoping for at least the option of a larger screen (maybe 21 or 23 inch), the ability to pivot the screen, and maybe an all-black version (like the MacBook ... also a consumer machine).

    Guess we'll see soon enough :rubbing hands together gleefully:
  15. Sped macrumors regular

    May 30, 2003
    I think the update that we'll see in a month or so will simply add a Core 2 Duo without much other changes. Hopefully, there will be a new case design with a Winter update that also adds Santa Rosa. I'm standing faithfully by my Rev A G4 iMac until you can get an iMac with a BD player. I might have to wait a year, but the longevity of a Mac is nothing short of a miracle. I know my current machine can't play modern games, but it does all the menial tasks asked of it without too many beachballs.
  16. rafifreak00 macrumors regular


    Aug 7, 2006
    Kansas. No, not on a farm.
    I really love the G4 iMac designs better than the G5 and the Intel ones...

    If someone could mod an Intel iMac and make the outer casing like an iMac G4, I'd buy one immediately.
  17. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Yeah! I thought I was the only one who misses the G4. I remember when it was on Time Magazine... but seriously that would be awesome.
  18. bobber205 macrumors 68020


    Nov 15, 2005
  19. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    Add me to the list of people waiting for an updated iMac before buying. I've sold my PC and am now using my iBook as my main machine. The Core Duo 2 chips have had such great reviews that I think they're worth waiting for.

    No Mac has ever topped the beauty of the Cube IMO. An updated Cube would be amazing, surely Apple could do it? Actually, I guess the Mini is kind of the spiritual successor to the Cube.
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Flash sucks on OS X. The processor usage for it just spikes to 100% It's not your G5 directly. My Core Duo hasn't broken 125 F. It's whisper quiet ripping DVD's.

    And yes...I game under Windows.
  21. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I'd wait. IMO the new imacs will have Conroe, not Merom, which will represent a significant upgrade over the current machines. Even if it's Merom that will be a slight improvement, and will probably have a better graphics card and other goodies. The way I see it, waiting a month (or so) will get you a machine that lasts you 6 months longer (or more) on the other end.
  22. swingerofbirch macrumors 68040

    Oct 24, 2003
    The Amalgamated States of Central North America
    The only announced PC's I know of with the Conroe chip are some of the Dell XPS line. Their website says they will begin shipping September 19.

    Just thought I would share FWIW. Might give some frame of reference for when Apple could possibly announce and ship Conroe products.
  23. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    There's someone on these here forums wanting to take a Mac Mini and stick it into an iMac G4 case. He was wanting the video pin readout of the monitor to connect to the mini.

    At least I THINK he's from these forums...

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