Should I wait on buying a new iMac?

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  1. C2x954 macrumors newbie

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    I've had my heart set on the entry level 24" iMac for some time now. I have been checking the "Buyer's Guide" section on the forum for a good while and it's always said "Neutral - Mid product cycle." When I saw Snow Leopard was coming out soon I decided to wait for it to come out that way it would come installed on the system when I purchased it.

    I checked the "Buyer's Guide" today and now it says "Buy only if you need it - Approaching the end of a cycle." Should I wait it out or just pick one up now? I don't NEED one now but, I'm dying to get rid of my PC. When could an updated model be expected?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mgridgaway macrumors 6502

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    Probably the end of the year or beginning of the 2010. Hopefully they'll be getting quad cores.
     
  3. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    My guess would be February / March 2010 for a proper iMac update. There are rumours of a price drop before then though (maybe October / November) ... at least in America. Here in New Zealand, the last "price drop" for the laptops actually meant price rose slightly here. :(
     
  4. yodermk macrumors member

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    Nehalem!!!!!

    The new chips will be out in a form that should be suitable for iMac in about a month or two. It's hard to imagine Apple waiting a long time to put them in.

    Should be absolutely worth the wait. (Unless, of course, you NEED it now.)
     
  5. wesleyh macrumors 6502

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    And what chips might that be?
     
  6. SwiftLives macrumors 65816

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    My advice - wait until the end of September. If no new iMacs materialize, then you'll be waiting until January.

    Of course, an October release isn't exactly unheard of.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    No quad-core before late 2010. Next step will be Arrandale.

    If you mean Clarksfield, you're wrong. We won't see them.

    Early 2010 when Arrandale comes, we will see an update.
     
  8. steve knight macrumors 68020

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    wait about 3 years then they will be really updated.
    waiting for a computer update is like waiting on a orgasm. unsatisfying and another will be along soon enough. but with apple you never know when you will get lucky.
     
  9. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    Arrandale - dual-core but "hyperthreaded," so four virtual cpus.
     
  10. C2x954 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds good, I'll give it until October 1st. Unless I throw my PC out the window before then.
     
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  12. Buzz Bumble Guest

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    Nope. The best advice is buy now if you really NEED it. Otherwise wait and buy a month or two after the next update - that way you'll get the newst machine possible that has had any bug fixes and won't be replaced for at least five months (with a speed bump) or nearly a year (with a real update). :)

    The same basic rule there goes for software and other company's hardware (buy the new Mac OS or new version of Adobe software a couple of months after release).
     
  13. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    I so want Quad Cores, but due to heat issues, don't see it happening
     

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