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A couple of industrious readers have noticed that Apple's iMac support site was recently updated to include a product manual for a "Mid 2006" iMac. The manual does not appear to differ much, if at all from the current iMac manual, and does not list any specifications. The current iMac was introduced at Macworld San Francisco in January of this year.

Recent rumors/speculation has indicated that Apple may employ Intel's Conroe chip after it arrives later this month in the iMac. Other possibilities remain that Apple could update the iMac with "Merom" chips that require minimum motherboard redesign by Apple.

Update: Looks like we got ahead of ourselves. The manual is most likely for iMac for Education. Sorry for any missed heartbeats.


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yankeefan24

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I always thought that was meant for the edu iMac, but it could mean a new one soon.

EDIT 2: MY BAD! I thought for a minute that the edu iMac's didn't have an iSight. It's the remote they don't have. :eek: :eek: :eek:
 

daneoni

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I thought merom would be a swappable chip requiring an EFI/BIOS update only. If there is a revision to the MLB. I'd guess they'd use Conroe...i think its more logical with the merom chips going into the minis
 

baxterbrittle

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Just had a look art the parts list thesre include:

80GB HDD and Combo Drive - This is a manual for the EDU iMac not a new revision. Makes sense.
 

thejadedmonkey

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Yeah, but now that we don't have the PPC chips to diferentiate the different models, are we jsut going to have the iMac, mid 2006 model, iMac mid 2026 model, etc etc?:confused:
 

Postal

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That's some odd wording: "recent rumors/speculation has indicated that Apple may employ Intel's Conroe chip after it arrives later in the iMac."

Isn't the whole point of the rumour that Conroe might show up in the iMac? Also, I'd say "rumours and speculation have indicated." It's just better English. :)
 

baxterbrittle

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thejadedmonkey said:
Yeah, but now that we don't have the PPC chips to diferentiate the different models, are we jsut going to have the iMac, mid 2006 model, iMac mid 2026 model, etc etc?:confused:

That's pretty much how they've always been done. iMac Summer 2000, Mac mini Late 2005 etc...
 

jholzner

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yankeefan24 said:
I always thought that was meant for the edu iMac, but it could mean a new one soon.

EDIT: reading through the manual, it shows an iSight so it is probably not the edu. I am reading through it now and will report anything interesting to you.

The Edu iMac has an iSight too.
 

mingisback

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Hopefully Merom. I've heard that Yohna and Merom use the same socket and are swapable.. if this is true it would be an easy upgrade for current owners of the iMac and Mac mini. :)
 

kevin.rivers

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yankeefan24 said:
I always thought that was meant for the edu iMac, but it could mean a new one soon.

EDIT: reading through the manual, it shows an iSight so it is probably not the edu. I am reading through it now and will report anything interesting to you.

Didn't the edu have an isight...:confused:
 

mkaake

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Nothing in the manual *at all* to help figure it out. The only screen of system prefs said it was a 1.83 core due (pg 63)... but it could be an old screen shot, eh?
 

danman

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Be it Merom or Conroe...

...i am waiting.

I am hoping for a minor GPU Bump too. 'part from that, I got the cash waiting!
 

WildCowboy

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It's obviously the EDU model. It doesn't include the Apple Remote, as illustrated in the diagram showing what's in the box. The section regarding the remote says "If you have an Apple remote..." while the same section in the old iMac manual says "Your Apple remote..."
 

baxterbrittle

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It's definatly the EDU iMac they wouldn't offer a Combo on an iMac or an 80GB HDD again. Also there is only a 17" no 20".
 

p0intblank

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Damn, I got excited for this too. I voted the story Positive, the page refreshed, and then I saw the update. :( Oh well, there will be something at WWDC '06, we know that.
 

WildCowboy

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Arnaud said:
It (sadly) looks like the new version of the iMac EDU indeed (which also comes in 20", btw)

People are using "EDU" as shorthand for the "iMac for Education" which only comes in 17". The "EDU" you see on that page in the second and third columns is simply the educational pricing of the regular iMac models.
 

aafuss1

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The service manual says it's the EDU model-wished that had a Sony style revision history, as when these are updated, Apple doesn't list any changes, unlike Sony's which does.
 

moot

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Jun 30, 2004
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Just to nail this on the head, check out this description of iMac.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301724

It shows you how to identify which iMac you have.

At the bottom of the page it says:

iMac (Mid 2006)
The iMac (Mid-2006) was introduced in July 2006. This computer has several features that distinguish it from the iMac (Early 2006):

A 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor with a 17-inch screen AND
Comes with the Intel GMA950 graphics processor using shared main memory.
Comes with a Combo drive (reads DVDs and CDs, writes CDs)
Does NOT come with built-in Bluetooth

That is definetly the iMac EDU model.

There are other indiactors on this page which have marketing model numbers for the iMac (Mid 2006). I bet they correspond to the iMac EDU.

I got excited for 30 seconds though. My cash has been waiting for the right moment.
 

moot

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Jun 30, 2004
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OK, checked the Marketing model number for the iMac EDU. I put one in my cart and it came up with this number "MA406LL/A"

That totally matches the info for the iMac (Mid 2006)

Marketing model number iMac model

MA406xx/A 17-inch iMac (Mid 2006), 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo
 
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