New iMac Questions...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JJBuck, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. JJBuck macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2007
    Okay, I need some help buying an iMac, and since I have always been a Windows guy, I need some help:

    1. I have read about the impending release of the new OS - with Windows, the changes are fairly significant, at least enough so that one would want to wait. Has that generally been the case with Apple products? If I buy today, will I immediately regret not waiting once I see the new and improved OS? The bad thing is that nobody knows when Leopard will come out; I want to buy today!!

    2. The iMac (probably the 20" version) will be for family use (word processing, internet surfing, email, iPod, pictures, some simple video editing...) - can I expect to be pleased with the out-of-the-box version for some time, or are there upgrades that I should order immediately? My buying philosophy is to buy a higher end machine today, with the plan to let my kids use it for 3+ years before buying the latest and greatest upgrade. Given my uses of the iMac, will my plan work, or should I upgrade? My current Dell machine is 5 years old, and still runs fine. It is nice to not have to worry about a new machine every year or so...and I want this purchase to be similar.

    Thanks in advance - this forum is FANTASTIC!!
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Mac OS X 10.5 (aka Leopard should be released some time between now and some time in spring. You can always upgrade to Leopard later (albeit for an additional charge). :)

    The 20" iMac with the stock 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo processor will work quite nicely for you. The only upgrade that I strongly recommend would be to boost the RAM to 2GB. :)

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