New iMac questions? Switcher to Mac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MikeMacPL, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. MikeMacPL macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Let me begin for the past years I'm a Windows user and now Windows is frustrating me by being slow and buggy; cann't get my work done fast enough. I really want to switch to a Mac and I have couple questions:
    1. Can I get a student discount at the Retail Apple Store in the US?
    2. Do you think the iMac will ever get quad core intel i7?
    3. Do you think when Snow Leopard will be announced between May and June, will Apple again redesign/ update the iMac? Snow Leopard will take advantage of multicores.
    4.I want to buy the iMac, I've been waiting for the updates for a while and Apple udated them, which is better the 20inch or 24inch iMacs what are the advantages and disadvantages?
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    1. If you're a student.
    2. The laws of physics disallow it.
    3. It will be in June. There will be no redesign for another year at least.
    4. To each his own.
  3. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    Just buy one. There is always going to be a new model.
  4. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    1) If you are a college student in the US, you can get a discount.
    2) Not until the next revision, by which there will likely be a change again.
    3) Snow Leopard will likely take advantage of multiple cores, of which the iMac has two, but there will likely be no more updates to the system itself until fall.
    4) There really is not much of a difference in the models, aside from screen size and speed. Just remember that a Processor is very difficult to replace (if even possible), whereas RAM, HD, etc can be replaced and upgraded much easier.

  5. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    1.I'm a senior at a high school and I got accepted to couple colleges in the US so what do I need to bring to the Apple store?
    1.Is it true the 24inch iMac has a high resolution than 1080p?
  6. hypmatize macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2008
    you just need your acceptance letter and a valid id (drivers license) or if you already got you university id you would only need that (that is what i used).

    1. yes the 24in imac has a higher resolution screen than 1080p. 1080p is 1920 × 1080 and the 24in imac has a resolution of 1920 x 1200.
  7. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Why does Apple make a 1080p screen if you cann't watch Blu-ray movies?
  8. mac.andy macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    Just wanted to chime in on the 20" or 24" dilemma.

    If you have the cash to splash, go for 24", IMHO superior panel quality @ 24".
    Plus, 20" just seems too small now. Also, you can playback HD media in it's full glory on a 24" - not on a 20" panel.
  9. oliverlubin macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2002
    if you're headed to college, find out if your college offers even better deals than the apple edu store. and since you're headed to college, do yourself a favor and get a MacBook. what do you need a 24" iMac for that's just going to sit in your room and get splashed with beer.
  10. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    1.Is the 24inch worth the $300 from the 20inch?
    2.When Snow Leopard comes out will I be able to install it on the new iMacs that just came out?
  11. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    The one college only offers two macbooks and two Dell laptops
  12. mac.andy macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2009
    1) IMHO - Yes. Very much so.
    2) Sure! Current iMac's are dual core so will be able to take advantage of the new features of Snow Leopard.
  13. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    Now if I decide to buy the 20inch iMac could I buy a separte monitor that supports 1080p, and run it with the iMac?
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Because THAT is the only reason to have a screen...:rolleyes:
  15. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    I was just on DELL'S site pricing up a system comparable to a simple 24" iMac which is about $1900 shipped and paid with a Support Plan, iWork, 1TB drive, 4MB, and wired keyboard.

    When you get everything a Mac gives by default (safety from virus and remote access, etc), and Office comparable to iWork, you come out with a computer in the mid-$2000 range...amazing.

    And for $500+ less you get a SAFER computer in a tighter package which takes LESS TIME to work and set up and maintain. And you can run Windows (slowly) and have Mac OS. Totally amazing to me that people don't see the savings in getting a Mac when you pay up all the pieces to make a comparable machine.

  16. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816


    Oct 14, 2008
    20" isn't too small for all people, but the OP mentioned he'll be a college student so i can imagine he'll probably be web browsing, listening to music, and typing essays to say the least.

    then again, 20" is very small for some some people who use Photoshop and the like, but i do agree that if he has the money the 24" would definitely be worth it.
  17. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    I made my point I'll go the the Apple Store tomorrow to purchase the iMac but how much discount will I get from Apple?
  18. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    I just got my first Mac yesterday.. and all i can say is, get one! You WILL NOT regret it. I'll never, ever have another PC. And as far as quad core.. not even needed. An iMac with 4GB DDR 3 RAM is fasttttttt. I love this thing. I can't even imagine it running faster once Snow Leopard is out.. pure sex! :)
  19. medic9317 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
    good refurb deals

    Check the Apple web store for great deals on refurbs, I just bought an I mac for $450 off it's retail price, with the new models released they have had good deals, check the site often as it is updated several times daily and if you see a great deal act fast. I tried to buy one earlier and it sold after I put it in my cart finally posted more tonite and I got the one I wanted, they offer the same warranty as new, and from what I've been told you can't tell they have been returned, will let you know after I receive it.
  20. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I would get the 24" - the more screen space the better! And the panel is a higher quality anyway with wider viewing angles and its just overall better looking.

    Getting a bigger panel also means you can just get a USB TV tuner and get TV on your mac. 24" is a good size to watch TV on, including high-def TV which is available in most areas now.

    Saves space compared to having a separate TV and it also means you can watch some of your favorite shows if your roommates/housemates decide to be jerks and watch TV or use the commons area while your shows are on. (Assuming you'll be living on campus).


    The whole idea of having a laptop for college is ridiculous and I have no idea how this whole myth of "laptops are better for college" got started. You don't need it, plain and simple.

    You can take notes with a pen and paper just fine and unless you are attending some experimental school or lab school chances are your professors will not require it.

    Using a laptop during a lecture is just distracting and pointless.

    From what I saw in my 4 years of undergrad and 1 year of grad school most people with laptops keep them on their desks at home and hardly ever bring them to school (defies the purpose of buying a laptop).

    The few people who bring it to class use it to follow along with the PowerPoints -- something the rest of the students without laptops do by printing out the slides and taking notes on them.

    Laptops are also more likely to be stolen (break into a dorm room, stuff it in your backpack and leave unnoticed compared to being seen walking out with a GIANT, HEAVY computer. Laptops are the most commonly stolen items on campus next to digital cameras).

    Laptops are also more fragile by their mobile nature, you are more likely to sit on your laptop on accident or drop it, or have something spill on it (since the computer base right there on the desk), where as with an iMac the base is elevated enough so that spills don't get anywhere near the electronics, and you will definitely not be sitting on dropping your iMac on accident.


    In the case of the iMac, it takes up very little space relative to PC desktops or non-all-in-ones, looks great, performs great, can run Windows for compatibility reasons, and can double as a TV/DVD watching platform (much better to watch TV and DVDs on a 20 or 24 inch screen rather than a 13 or 15 inch one). By knocking out two birds with one stone (PC & TV/DVD) you also save a crap load of space which is important because space is scarce in cramped college life. The perfect COLLEGE computer.

    Recommendation: 24 inch iMac with a TV tuner for dorm/college life. Recommendation also applies if living at home.

    I would further recommend looking into buying an iMac through Amazon or another retailer online because depending on your area the savings you get from a student discount can be negated by the sales tax.

    In other words, it may be cheaper just to buy it at full price with no shipping or taxes than buy with the student discount and pay sales tax.
  21. MikeMacPL thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2009
    1.That pretty sumed up and I have the Pinnacle Ultimate HD Stick and wonder if its Mac compatibility.
    2.One more question why does Apple use a mobile processor within the iMac if Windows All in ones use desktop processor?
    3.How much student discount will I get of the 20inch iMac and 24inch iMac?
  22. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    You can check your student discount by clicking the "Education Store" link in the Apple online store and then locating your particular school.

    You can then add-to-cart one of the macs and start the checkout process to see the total with tax (usually shipping is free).

    Then as I've mentioned, I'd recommend heading over to some online retailers including Amazon and check out what the total would be there. It may be similar or it may even be cheaper than going through Apple. The higher the price of the computer, the bigger the chance that it will be cheaper to pay full price with NO sales tax than get the student price WITH sales tax.

    For your TV tuner question, you can google around to see if it is compatible. I have heard of people using PC TV tuner sticks with macs by downloading some 3rd party software. Worst case scenario, you may have to buy a mac one which I think runs under $100 for a really good one.

    As far as the processors, I have no idea. It probably has to do with heat issues and power issues (iMacs consume VERY little power as mobile processors require less power). For what its worth, the iMac performs damn well for what it is, so the type of processor inside shouldn't be an issue.
  23. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Not unless you are in Level 4 parallel universe. :p
  24. Nasus macrumors member

    Oct 8, 2006
    3 years ago I bought my first Mac a MacBook Pro. I wasn't completely smitten with it a first BUT NOW I don't know why I didn't switch sooner. What ever you get I know you'll love it. :D
  25. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I don't understand what you mean by "run Windows (slowly)". It is fairly well accepted that Windows runs FASTER on a Mac in Bootcamp mode compared to a PC with comparable hardware. I have XP installed on a Bootcamp partition on my 24"/2.8GHz iMac and it runs faster and smoother on it than my Dell Latitude D600.

    If you are running Windows in VMFusion or Parallels it will be slower than running Windows natively, especially for graphics-intensive tasks.

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