Likelihood of 21.5" Quad in 2011?

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  1. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    How likely would you all say it is that we'll see a 21.5" Quad model in 2011?
    I really want a quad, but don't need or want a 27" screen.
     
  2. morty192 macrumors regular

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    Honestly,

    No-one for sure but I would imagine there is a good chance that the top end 21" mite be given a quad core processor as a BTO. But this is just pure speculation so probably of little help to you sorry.:eek:
     
  3. skiltrip thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I realize at this point anything is speculation. But we can get gut feelings based on current technology, and what Apple has done in the past with other changes to lineups.

    I really hope they put one in the 21.5". I honestly can't even fit a 27" on my studio desk between my audio monitors and gear racks. haha.
     
  4. RuggedPro macrumors regular

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    Apple doesn't always follow the flow. Example: No USB 3 support, no bluray support, etc. etc.

    This is what makes guessing apple tech difficult.

    If I were part of the decision making process, from a financial perspective, I wouldn't put quad cores in it. I'd make you pay the upgrade for the larger screen etc. That's just me.
     
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  6. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    Sure, there's a likelihood of a quad-core 21.5" iMac.







    Just not a very good one.
     
  7. brachson macrumors member

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    Apple likes to push people buying THE BEST what they have thus I could imagine that quad will be exclusive for 27''
     
  8. skiltrip thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah. Shame though. It'd be nice if they applied the same logic as they do with the MacBook Pro 15" and 17". The realize 17" impractical for a lot of people, even though it's big and impressive.

    The same goes for me, and I think a lot of people, when it comes to the 27" iMac.

    Can iMacs be used in some sort of external
    Monitor only mode? Meaning, used kind of like a tower, maybe living under your desk with it's screen off? I realize this seems a silly waste, bunts more curiosity than anything.
     
  9. coolspot18 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it's called a Mac Pro :D
     
  10. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You could get a used Mac Pro. That way you can get whatever screen you want, and still have a ton of power.
     
  11. iamthedudeman macrumors 65816

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    Well yes and no. You cannot turn the screen off but you can run the screen in dual screen mode with a external screen as your main screen and the 21.5 imac as the extra screen.

    I have a HP 25 inch LED with a brightview screen and use it as my main screen. It is a glossy screen but with the brightview technology has virtually the same glare as a matte screen. Hardly any at all. I like this screen better than the 27 imac and I own quite a few of them. The 21.5 is running in dual mode.

    Why the pictures are turned I have no idea?
     

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  12. Hellhammer Moderator

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    There is only one dual core i5 and it's 35W T-series chip. All other i5s are quads. In terms of price and TDP, quad core would suit there perfectly. S-series has TDP of 65W which is less than current Clardales with TDP of 73W. The price for i5-2500S is 216$, 78$ less than the current BTO option i5-680.

    So, if Apple wants to offer a CPU upgrade as BTO for 21.5", it will be a quad core.

    You can turn off the iMac's screen with SwitchResX but the backlight stay on.
     

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