Since WWDC displeased me with no new iMac upgrades......so ordering tonight?

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  1. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    Since WWDC displeased me with no new iMac upgrades......
    I am ordering my iMac tonight
    iMac, 20-inch, 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    320GB Serial ATA Drive
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User's Guide
    Apple Mighty Mouse
    4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    $1578

    does anybody know if the iMac will be updated in the upcoming months?
    cuz if not I'll juss order tonight and if not then
    I'll wait a bit .....
     
  2. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    A new update is always months away. Just order it.
     
  3. Prabz26 thread starter macrumors regular

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    i ment like in the next 3/4 months?
    but i should juss leave waiting around you are right

    but its a big move for me ive been a windows user my whole life.

    im waiting on my dad so i can get his credit card
    been saving for dis forever
     
  4. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    I'd just get it. You'll be eligible for the $9.95 upgrade to SL.

    If you need help, post in the appropriate place here at MR, or use the Apple Discussions area.
     
  5. Prabz26 thread starter macrumors regular

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    how does it work?
    when i buy my iMac do i juss keep my reciept and when I go
    get SL i can juss show em and get it for dat price or sumin?
     
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    http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/
     
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    I'm going to buy my 2.9 soon too. Still deciding on the graphics card :(
     
  9. thatdarnfish macrumors regular

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    I'm in the same boat with you all. I am mulling over the possibility of getting a new iMac and was hoping for some news today at the WWDC.

    I'm thinking of waiting, however, for the following reason: it seems to me that the last "upgrade" to the iMac line was so minimal, that there is a greater chance than normal that Apple will refresh the line sometime this fall, rather than next year. I could be way off here, but it seems to me that 2 years of generally the same specs for the iMac is a REALLY long time to go without a more dramatic refresh. I'm wondering also if they will release a new iMac soon after SL comes out. Hmmmmm...
     
  10. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    Wow, I thought they spoke English in Canada... ;)

    Yeah that's kinda where I am too. I'm thinking of getting the last gen iMac but I bet by fall they'll update them. I just have no idea if it'll be a minimal update like the last couple of times or a total refresh. Worse, what if the last gen iMac can't support certain SL features?
     
  11. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    The current iMac supports all SL features, doesn't it? Just curious
     
  12. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Why wouldn't it? The only thing that may hold you back from the full power of SL is the 9400M GPU.
     
  13. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    As far as I know, yes. But I can imagine it's possible that SL will take advantage of things like DDR3 RAM while Leopard didn't, etc.
     
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    I will hopefully as well be grabbing a 24" iMac this month as well hopefully.
     
  15. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Apple is not going to release an OS that renders the current generation of computers obsolete. They're not idiots. They just put the 9400M into every one of their computers except the Mac Pro - they're not going to turn around and say Snow Leopard will not run with that graphics chip.

    If you want it now, just buy it.
     
  16. The Hammer macrumors regular

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    In nine of the provinces you would be correct. This guy is most likely French Canadian.;)
     
  17. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but I was referring to the last gen iMac, which has the 2600 HD card.
     
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    Buy it! They were updated 3 months ago and last update took almost a year. No updates before Q4 '09 or Q1 '10
     
  19. thatdarnfish macrumors regular

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    Another reason to think they might upgrade with the release of Snow Leopard: the GPUs in the previous generation (2008) will not support OpenCL.
     
  20. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    How do we know which GPUs support Open CL? I was under the impression the 2600 HD pro was a "better" GPU than in the current gen iMac.
     
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    http://www.apple.com/fi/macosx/specs.html <-- look at OpenCL section
     
  22. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    But the current do? Then why would they upgrade it?
     
  23. DTphonehome macrumors 68000

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    Ahhh. Well, that seals it then. No iMac for me, for now. I'd rather get one that supports OpenCL. Are there any estimates for how much of a boost it can give?
     
  24. thatdarnfish macrumors regular

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    My point is this:

    1. Most agree that the 2009 generation iMacs are only a minimal upgrade over the 2008's, as far as specs go.

    2. Only the current generation imac will be able to utilize OpenCL due to the particular GPU's they use. The 2008 models will not, and therefore be comparatively obsolete.

    3. Hence, the only iMac which will be able to utilize the latest OS fully will be six months old (a lifetime in technology terms) by the time SL comes out, and even older, when you consider that they don't differ that much from the 2008's. This is equivalent to buying the first electric car so that it can run without gas... but, in the end, you're stuck buying a car that's 15 years old.

    Thus, I'm wagering that Apple will want a new iMac model to coincide with the release of SL that will: a. be the first substantial upgrade to the iMac line in 2 years, and b. allow for two generations of iMacs to fully utilize the new OS, instead of just the most recent (which happens to have rather outdated specs).

    I could be way off on this, but I'm holding off buying an iMac for these reasons.
     
  25. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    Nobody knows for sure yet, but look at the specs for the GPU. That will probably be a good indicator of the performance boost.
     

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