Mark my words, the next Imac update....

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  1. dunni macrumors newbie

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    ..will be at WWDC. I am putting it out there and in 3 months you will say, wow, Dunni was right.

    The update will be to Montevina because a Penryn update now would be pointeless. I know a lot of people don't want to hear this, but the update is a few months away. I can see Steve Jobs talking on stage about the new Montevina platform and using the iMac to launch it. It makes sense since Intel will be releasing the chip early June.

    My predictions for iMac WWDC you can quote me on:

    1. Montevina Chipset
    2. Updated Graphics Card
    3. No Matte Screen

    If I get all of these right, someone owes me a drink.


    Dunni
     
  2. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    You're going to have to say something more interesting than that to make this thread memorable in three months. :)
     
  3. lasuther macrumors 6502a

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    The iMac will be updated to Penryn with in a month and probably/hopefully get the graphics card updates in the MacBook Pros.

    Montevina is scheduled to be release in June. It could be up to a month before Apple can get them, and it might take longer before Apple puts them in the iMac. After all, its been a couple of months since Penryns release and they still aren't in the iMac. There is no reason to believe the Montevina launch would be any different.
     
  4. Globetrotter macrumors regular

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    Except that Montevina is actually not much of an upgrade from Santa Rosa.

    There will still be Penryn CPU's inside the iMacs with Montevina, and the integrated graphics upgrade will not affect the iMac that has a dedicated graphics card.

    Moreover, the lower wattage CPU is not going to mean much on a desktop, and I can't really see Steve getting 'the crowd' excited about support for WiMax with Montevina ;)

    The iMac will be updated next week or the week after, Montevina will be added in August.

    Peace and God Bless!
     
  5. kriskay macrumors member

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    Possibly but i myself doubt it. Apple has a great relationship with Intel. Going by past updates they have has preferential treatment (when they asked for it) in getting new platforms and processors into the machines.

    Look at the Air die shrink, before anyone else. I think DUnni could be right on this one.

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  6. Globetrotter macrumors regular

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    Just a point on Nehalem, its the CPU for the Calpella chipset which isn't scheduled for release till Q2 2009.
     
  7. kriskay macrumors member

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    I was just basing that on the early adoption :apple: has had with Intel. I'm probably wrong, however i can only see the pro being updated once a year
     
  8. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Also the 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme X7900 in the iMac before it streeted.
     
  9. DanBUK macrumors regular

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    Hmmm. Not sure you will be right Dunni.

    Apple will have to change to penryn across their range pretty soon to keep the relationshhip with intel sweet.

    Also the big seller with Montevina is WIMAX support which is far less cool in a desktop.

    It is a complex and full time job keeping up with Intel product cycles- a job best left to UberGeeks like AnandTech.
     
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Is the "forced" update of the macbooks to penryn by intel still an unsubstantiated rumor or has anyone corroborated it?
     
  11. purelithium macrumors 6502

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    You're saying OS 10.6 will come out less than 2 years after 10.5? Yeah right.
     
  12. rhodalinsky macrumors member

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    Glad I bought the 24" referb instead of waiting.

    Now I have a 800mhz imac that I need to sell. How come I can't post in the sale section? It won't let me post there, but I can here.?
     
  13. purelithium macrumors 6502

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    http://guides.macrumors.com/Help:MacRumors_FAQ#I_can.27t_post_a_message_in_the_Forums

    You need 100 posts before you can use the marketplace. This avoids having people register on the forum just to sell their crap/spam the forum with BS. Also, it gives people a little time to develop a standing in the MR community, thereby having a bit of reputation on the line for a sale, and helps avoid people ripping other people off.

    That's how I look at it, anyway.
     
  14. rhodalinsky macrumors member

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    craigslist here I come!:cool::mad:
     
  15. desenso macrumors 6502a

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    Wow.. you are predicting that Apple will update their computers at WWDC. Nostradamus?!
     
  16. ziwi macrumors 65816

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    And if not then you buy everyone in this thread a drink? ;)
     
  17. treasurefinder macrumors member

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    wooh wooh...blasphemy up in here. montevina is a huge jump over santa rosa and the penryn chips being slapped inside everything else at the moment. here's why:

    1. 1066 mhz system bus over 800 mhz on all "current" consumer mac processors... thats a ~10% performance boost in of itself

    2. DDR3 ram support... another performance booster. montevinas on roids and its a wireless platform.

    3. WiMax support... Apple is behind this technology big time.

    being that montevina is a processor platform based on the 45 nm tech of penryn, here's the stuff montevina and the current penryn chips support

    a. SSE4 instruction set... software that actually makes use of this will show up around montevina's launch

    b. lower power usage... greener baby

    c. less heat production... this is actually a big deal for the iMac and Mini given those all so adorable skinny cases.

    montevina chips are mobile platforms, which is ofcourse what apple uses in its iMacs.
     
  18. Globetrotter macrumors regular

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    This is all correct, but it doesn't equal a major upgrade.

    Montevina will give a performance boost of 10-20%, no doubt, but it will not be the panacea you seem to insinuate it will be. Moreover, if Apple still insist on dragging their heels with regard to the GPU, then will the end user even notice? Probably not. In addition, WiMax is in its infancy, and you will be tied to specific carriers even for the limited range which currently exists.

    Montevina will not be a 'huge jump', that will be Calpella (and the Nehalem processors).

    Peace and God Bless!
     
  19. kingpikey macrumors member

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    It seems that there are always tons of these predictions... all of which end up being wrong. ;)
     
  20. treasurefinder macrumors member

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    ahhh, but see... its the step Apple likes and needs to make between now and Nehalem (haha). Seriously though, Apple loves posting those +10% performance increase over the previous gen. That figure was a staple of the Apple page for years. Montevina offers that. And then, approx 8-10 months from June, when Nehalem drops, it'll be approximately a 10-15% boost over montevina based iMacs.
     
  21. Globetrotter macrumors regular

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    Nehalem is scheduled for Q2 2009 (with the Calpella chipset), which could mean June 2009 (and probably will), or even later.

    So I see it happening like this:

    By end of March 08 - new iMacs and Minis with Santa Rosa Penryn

    September / October / November 08 (depending on sales and how Calpella is looking) - Montevina update

    Q2 2009 (April - June) - Calpella update - and possibly a modest design refresh to accompany it.

    As soon as the Mini becomes value for money (which should hopefully be in the next update), I'll be buying one!

    Peace and God Bless!

    p.s Nehalem won't just be another 10% increase on Penryn under Montevina, it will be a significant jump (although in 'normal' end user terms, processor power is pretty much sufficient as it is).
     
  22. dunni thread starter macrumors newbie

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    With every week, I get closer to being Nostradamus. :)
     
  23. Darkroom Guest

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    penryn iMacs will be here within 10 days... no doubt about it... guess you'll have to buy your own drink.
     
  24. dunni thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We'll have to wait 10 days and see. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And if you are right, I will be ecstatic and will be more than happy to buy you a drink if I ever run into you...
     

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