New iMacs - when?

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  1. mac.fly macrumors regular

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    Will there also be new iMacs, when Snow Leopard will be released
    this summer? Or will they come later...? Still hoping for blu-ray...
     
  2. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Apple would be making quite a few owners unhappy if new iMacs were released within months of each other. The last time they did that, it wasn't pretty.
     
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    1. iMacs were updated 3 months ago -> No update before Q4 '09 - Q1 '10.

    2. Usually no hardware releases when OS is released

    3. No Blu-Ray in iMac before 2015...
     
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    > 1. iMacs were updated 3 months ago -> No update before Q4 '09 - Q1 '10.

    Doesn't it make a difference, if a new *model* came out 3 months ago
    or if it was just a specs update? In the first case I would expect a longer
    waiting time until the next release, but in the second case...?

    > 2. Usually no hardware releases when OS is released

    Why not?

    > 3. No Blu-Ray in iMac before 2015...

    Seriously? I know many people who would buy an expensive mac,
    but are waiting just for blu-ray. It's not just me.
     
  5. MTI macrumors 65816

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    If you want a "heads up" on any major Apple hardware release . . . keep an eye on when they start moving inventory out the warehouse doors.

    For instance, Apple is selling the 3G iPhone directly by mail, with no shipping charge. That was the industry signal that a new phone is going to be announced.
     
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    1. What is "new model"? Design isn't going to change in few years and iMacs already have best components that exists (lacks quad-core, coming in next update). Desktop sales are already small so there's no reason for updating 'em every few months because previous model's price will drop significantly. Last update took almost a year with six moths of rumors and speculation.

    2. The reason is simple, money. When new OS is released, people is going to buy that disk for $129. If new hardware released at the same time which will have new OS pre-installed Apple will lose that $129. All hardware refreshes have been before new OS or few months later.

    3. Ask from Tallest Skil. He have told that so many times. Blu-Ray is useless. It would bump the price up for ~200-400$. Who really uses it? Okay it's nice to watch BR movies but I like to watch 'em from HDTV with PS3 or BR player more than from my iMac's screen.

    We don't need these threads....
     
  7. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Is there a serious demand for optical drives? Frankly, I haven't given any consideration to buying a "next gen" optical drive, whether it's blu-ray, green-ray, paisley-ray . . . since digital content is going to be distributed without discs, it already is.
     
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    Yea, that's true. In future, all content will be downloaded. Blu-Ray is nice in home theater setup but I can't fin it useful (and worth it's money) in computers.
     
  9. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    So you would be reasonably safe to buy one in the next month or so?
     
  10. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Even if they did come out with a "new" iMac next week . . . just imagine the buying opportunities developing from all the "must have latest" buyers selling their gently used, but now unworthy, status symbols. ;)
     
  11. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I am going to wait out at least the WWDC :)
     
  12. MrSEC macrumors regular

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    Well,to each his own,I guess,but like HellHammer I also enjoy BR hooked up to my HDTV.
     
  13. odej98 macrumors member

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    although DVD's started the same way, and BR will find its way down in cost, I have to agree. Blu-ray was a ridiculous product that was released to the "must-have" market. I have a buddy named clint that fits this profile, he builds "benchmarking pc's" and must own everything in BR because he needs the 1080P. He doesn't care if the movie is any good or if he can tell the difference in the 480-720 from the 1080 ranges. /end rant

    The best thing about BR is the 50gb capacity of the disks, with hard drives being as inexpensive as they are, not to mention some running solely off of USB power and avoiding large hot power bricks why bother?

    IMHO: BR media is reserved for those that must have latest and greatest. It is not economical, and optical media will always be cumbersome in terms of cost of ownership.
     
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    Macs aren't for people who want the latest and fastest. BR disks can go up to 400GB now and 1TB disks are in prototype. I don't really know why Macs can't have BR but as I said, Tallest Skil has very good reasons

    This is what he wrote in other thread:
     
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    BR iMacs 2015...? - I can't believe it! Too much competitors who already or soon will offer it.

    > ... when our televisions are 7680x4320 (Super Hi-Vision resolution)...

    BTW What is the "resolution" of movies you watch in cinemas?
    Just to be able to compare if such resolutions would make sense at all.
     
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    In 2015, BR will be todays DVD... As I said, downloading is today and future, it's cheaper, environmentally better and easier. Macs don't need Blu-Ray and if you really want it, buy external one for 100$ and use Windows or 3rd party app to play it.

    High definition came few years ago and nowadays almost everyone has HDTV. Their prices have drop easily over $1000. Same will happen with Super Hi-Vision.

    P.S I guess it's 720p or 1080p, depending on movie and theater.
     
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    When will the iMacs get the new LED backlit displays...?
     
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    Maybe with next update, or maybe not. NO-ONE KNOWS
     
  19. GodWhomIsMike macrumors 6502a

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    I could definitely see them being upgraded in August/September, as nVidia today released five significantly faster and lower powered mobile video cards:

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    I do not see anything other than video card updates occurring in the next 6 months. I think the new update will surround upgrading the video card offerings, which Leopard is said to take full advantage of.
     
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    The 250m looks like the best of the bunch, considering the TDP. Let's hope they use that one.
     
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    And really again no new model for the christmas business...??

    Because I need to buy 4 iMacs in the next months (much money!),
    I tried to find out when there will be new models.
    I just don't want to invest in "old" computers (don't get me wrong).

    So it would be helpful to know if new models will be released
    within the next 3...6 months. I couldn't wait longer...

    Where could I find more information...?
    Where are the insiders?
    Or when could this information be available?
    Thanks!
     
  23. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Nobody really knows...

    There's small possibility that they'll come in 2009 but as other have said above, Arrandales are out in early '10 and Apple will likely use them. iMacs were updated 3 and a half months ago and last update took almost a year and rumors started 6 months before update. Current iMacs are great but if you want to wait, sure, next update will likely be significant because Arrandales will provide huge performance bump.

    You can't find any information because Apple doesn't tell their plans to consumers. Rumors and leaks usually starts couple months before update
     
  24. wesleyh macrumors 6502

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    apple will not use arrandale for imacs. They will use lynnfield. If they do not use a quad core in their next imac it would be suicide for the imac.
     
  25. mac.fly thread starter macrumors regular

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    Interesting! And when could they use it?
     

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