Looking for Advice, 2011 iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by McCombsJRM, May 12, 2011.

  1. McCombsJRM macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2011
    Looking for some advice. I am a little 'gun shy' about pulling the trigger on a 2011 iMac. I currently own an early 2006 MacBook which is on it's last leg. Just last week my MacBook crashed and corrupted my iPhoto library.

    Here is why I am a little 'gun shy': I purchased an early 2006 MacBook with Intel Core Duo, just a few months later Apple updated to the Intel Core 2 Duo which I can only infer was to run the new Leopard software. I now find myself in a similar situation with Lion due out this summer. I know that with Apple there is no predicting the future, but any advice would be helpful in the decision making process.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    If you are worried that a new model could be released the next day, you might as well never buy a new computer. It doesn't sound like your computing needs are that extensive anyways; so even if there was an update you likely wouldn't know the difference.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    There is no new hardware coming until late 2011/early 2012 so nothing to worry about.
  4. bigus7674 macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2005
    A general rule of thumb...

    I usually use the general rule of thumb that any computer I purchase will last me at least 3 years for running current, and new, versions of the OS and software. After 3 years it can start to be impacted, but sometimes one can go upward of 5, or more, years before they absolutely have to upgrade.

    Considering Lion is scheduled to release this summer / early fall, you won't have anything to worry about with the iMacs that just got released.

    I have a late 2008 model iMac and from everything I'm reading right now (which isn't a lot of specifics), I will be able to run Lion - at least hardware wise. I just need to make sure all of the programs I use are Universal Binary because Lion is no longer supporting Rosetta emulation for non-Universal applications.
  5. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2011
    Purchase an iMac. It honestly seems like you need a computer, and the iMacs JUST got upadated, so as far as a new upgrade goes, I doubt there will be anything new this year. As far as Lion goes, would it matter on spending the extra little bit of money to purchase an upgrade disc?

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