iMacs - ruined?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by system16, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. system16 macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2006
    I was so excited to see that the apple site was updated today with new imacs since I'd been planning to upgrade for a while. But then I saw what they'd changed and now it seems like the imac is ruined.

    The only good change in the new line is the quad core processors. Now there are stupid sized displays with awkward resolutions. 16:10 was perfect for a computer display, why change it? Also, I find 24 inch just right for home use. 27 will just be uncomfortably big. I also carry my imac around sometimes in an ilugger and a 27 inch would just be stupid.

    Also, in the top end model, is just the same graphics card as the last model which is well out of date, and now it has to drive even bigger resolutions!

    I think apple have totally buggered the imac line. I'm just hoping they see sense and go back to normal resolutions and sensible screen sizes next update.

    Any thoughts?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


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    Dec 10, 2008
  3. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y

    they killed the FW400 port.

    1 fw800? really apple?
  4. msmth928 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2009
    New screen resolutions are daft.

    1920 x 1200 and 2560 x 1600 are the standards for a reason.

    1st one gives you just enough room to work on 1080p content (title bars above/below etc) and the latter gives you lots of real estate on your desktop, esp for coding (I know because I have a 30" dell at that res!).
  5. Aadhil macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2009
    Very few people carry around their iMacs. Those who want portable computers go with notebooks. It's only natural that desktops will continue to get bigger and bigger screens until a new technology pops up.
  6. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    dont forget the LED backlit and IPS

    those two alone makes the imac worth it
  7. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y
    Carry Around

    I carry my iMac around, bring it home from the office on weekends.

    I guess its your own fault though if you buy something so big you don't want to carry it around :rolleyes:
  8. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    The OP's point was that there's no longer a reasonably sized 1920x1200 option.
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    What did you really want. If they left it the same and didn't upgrade the panel, people would be pissed.
  10. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    They could have offered 21", 24", 27", all with new panels.
  11. namethisfile macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2008
    i think you're right. the new imac's, design-wise is kinda ruined. they didn't get rid of the chin, but squooshed it.

    i don't know. maybe, it looks better in real life.
  12. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    They killed that on the last generation.
  13. system16 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2006
    Absolutely true. They are the standard resolutions for a good reason.

    Fair enough. But they could just upgrade the panels with the new LED and IPS things like sukanas said and still give us the sizes we've come to expect.

    Or, if they thought people would want larger :

    I'm sure the design does look quite good in person. They're really working to minimise the chin and soon we might have an imac that just looks like a display.

    But seriously... 21.5 inch? .5?

  14. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I agree, that's an odd (dumb) number to have for screen. :D
  15. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    The new imacs looks so sweet. I never had any interests in the imac lineup but now it looks so tempting!

    For $1999 you get a 27" LED backlit 2560x1440 resolution (wish I could just buy the display for my mac pro), desktop i5 or i7 parts now (instead of the same mobile parts as the macbook pros), up to 16gb of RAM! And it comes with the wireless aluminum keyboard and the new magic mouse with an ati 4850 (should be plenty fast for most games).

    This is an amazing deal. If I hadnt bought my nehalem mac pro, I'd probably consider the top end imac and saving myself a serious chunk of cash.
  16. stever500 macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2009
    Gaithersburg, MD.
    I'm not sure if they actually ruined this new iMac. Seems like there's always a bunch of people that no matter what a company does to come out with a new, improved product, they'll be unhappy with it. I'm too wondering if 27" is too big. I'm about to buy a new iMac OR a refurb 24".

    Interesting, that there's not even ONE refurb iMac at the Apple store today. Apparantly, you're not the only one that doesn't like the HUGE 27" screen!

    So, $1599 edu discount for a new basic model, iMac 27", killer new keyboard and mouse included or

    $1299 refurb 24" iMac plus $128 for the wireless old keyboard and mouse, refurbed.

    That's only a $172 difference, it would be less of a difference if I went with the new mouse, more expensive for sure!

    Seems like a no brainer. Get the new one.
  17. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    There is a trend towards 16:9 monitors nowadays because you're selling to the dumb "Full HD" masses for cheaper.

    It's not a bad update because both 20->21 and 24->27 gained vertical pixels.

    But it's not good for people for which the size represents a problem.

    I'm still waiting for a panel manufacturer to make a 25" 4:3 1920x1440
  18. Lava Lamp Freak macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
    The new iMac is great unless you plan on installing Windows and playing this years games. In that case, with the Radeon 4850 512MB, you won't be running any of this years games at native resolution without turning AA off and all of the settings down.
  19. three macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2008
    Washington State
    If you want a 24" Apple offers refurbished ones, get one of those.
  20. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    That sucks as much as my rushing to get a closeout UMBP for the ExpressCard are removable battery and not getting the new panel.
  21. tarasis macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    Does the 4850 support playing games at specific resolutions without scaling, like the NVidia cards can?
  22. Lava Lamp Freak macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2006
    They must have sold out. There aren't any more listed now.

    Not that I'm aware of, on the iMac.
  23. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Thoughts? Quit whining. People complained that the 24" would be "too big" when it came out. Now 24" monitors are commonplace, and 26-27" monitors are gaining in popularity. If you want a smaller machine, Apple still offers a 21.5" machine. Where's the problem?

    The iMac is a desktop. Apple doesn't care very much if a tiny minority of users find the 27" too big to carry around with them. And again, if that's the case, what's wrong with the 21.5"?

    Resolutions are 16:9, not 16:10. A shame? Sort of, sure. A deal killer? Not by any stretch of the imagination.

    I'm not sure why you would consider faster, bigger, better equipped, and cheaper iMacs "ruined", but to each their own...
  24. noodle654 macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2005
    Never Ender
    I think that the iMac took a turn in the right direction. Most people have been complaining about not having a Quad Core, LED screens, better resolutions, bigger just got everything you asked for, and for a decent price! What more do you want in an all in one computer? Up to Quad 2.8GHz and 16GB RAM? I am a big fan of the screen resolutions. It is about time that they shrunk that massive thing below the screen, it looked hideous before. The only problem is the GPU, not that great. But, what the hell, not that big of a deal for me since I will be doing music work.
  25. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    You have to look for the closeout deals at the retailers. Refurbished might appear later, but it's not necessarily a good deal given the EOL discounts on new gear.

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