Turns out they DID release a new iMac!

The "Dude"

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 29, 2011
120
0
I don't know if you guys saw the reports on the new iMac, so I thought I'd share the details:

The new model has a powerful CPU and a very good Nvidia graphics card. It includes an HDMI port to connect to an external monitor if you'd like. There's reports that it runs Diablo 3 at native res smoothly, and it Benchmarks as one of the fastest Macs ever. Throw in the fastest RAM available and a roomy SSD drive. It's also considerably thinner and lighter than the last generation iMacs. Oh, and it's portable.

They also changed the name to the Retina MacBook Pro.

Yes, I know the difference in cost is substantial, but anyone who was disappointed in the lack of an iMac update should at least consider this as an alternative. And I believe that the difference in cost will be made up by the longevity of this machine. It is EASILY years ahead of any other mobile computer on the market. So, aside from price, this is a no-brainer.
 

nicklaz0r

macrumors member
May 16, 2012
47
0
Sweden
The "Dude";15028957 said:
I don't know if you guys saw the reports on the new iMac, so I thought I'd share the details:

The new model has a powerful CPU and a very good Nvidia graphics card. It includes an HDMI port to connect to an external monitor if you'd like. There's reports that it runs Diablo 3 at native res smoothly, and it Benchmarks as one of the fastest Macs ever. Throw in the fastest RAM available and a roomy SSD drive. It's also considerably thinner and lighter than the last generation iMacs. Oh, and it's portable.

They also changed the name to the Retina MacBook Pro.

Yes, I know the difference in cost is substantial, but anyone who was disappointed in the lack of an iMac update should at least consider this as an alternative. And I believe that the difference in cost will be made up by the longevity of this machine. It is EASILY years ahead of any other mobile computer on the market. So, aside from price, this is a no-brainer.
Yeah, I guess aside from price EVERYONE would've bought a 2011 iMac and then update to the 2012. But now, price is pretty relevant.
 

Matador Red

macrumors member
Apr 28, 2012
69
0
Guess what, not everyone wants or needs portability. By the time I spec a high end MBPR and add a 27" TBD I am close to $5000. Seems like a waste money.
 

forty2j

macrumors 68030
Jul 11, 2008
2,585
2
NJ
Besides not even being the least bit hilarious.. if I wanted to settle for 650M performance, I would have bought the 6970m iMac already.
 

The "Dude"

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 29, 2011
120
0
This may be what I need.
The 27" iMac with a 3.1Ghz i5 4gb RAM and Radeon 6970M graphics retails for $1,999.

The non-retina 15" new MBP with 2.6Ghz i7 8gb RAM and Nvidia 650M retails for $2,199.

Also, the base retina model with a 2.3Ghz i7 and 256mb SSD is also $2,199.
 

The "Dude"

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 29, 2011
120
0
I'm pretty sure I said I was aware of the difference in price. I was waiting for the new iMacs as well, but after seeing the RMBP I decided that it was a worthy replacement. And being that shipping dates have slipped to 3-4 weeks, it appears I'm not the only one in the boat.

So, you can wait for the 2013 refresh or go buy a Dell AIO if you'd like.
 

Tezcatlipoca

macrumors regular
May 23, 2012
211
6
Cambridge, UK
The (rather large) difference in price is not the only difference. Screen size is also quite different...

I don't want an expensive laptop with a small screen, I want a desktop with a big screen...
 

TouchMint.com

macrumors 68000
May 25, 2012
1,579
238
Phoenix
I think the screen size on the imac is the biggest thing for most people (atleast for me). The retina mbp is nice but it would be like working on an iphone compared to an ipad. The resolution might be there but the size just is not.
 

PlaceofDis

macrumors Core
Jan 6, 2004
19,239
4
screen size. optical drive. larger HD, user accessible RAM, Ethernet, FW800 etc are just some of the reasons why this post makes no sense at all.
 

LaWally

macrumors 6502a
Feb 24, 2012
530
0
In spite of your nonsensical argument to the contrary, I will wait for the iMac refresh/update and pass on the rMBP 15" as a "desktop" replacement.

I take it you've never worked with a 27" iMac.
 

The "Dude"

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 29, 2011
120
0
In spite of your nonsensical argument to the contrary, I will wait for the iMac refresh/update and pass on the rMBP 15" as a "desktop" replacement.

I take it you've never worked with a 27" iMac.
I'm currently running on a MacMini that's two generations old. So, you can wait. But I can't. I'll be perfectly happy with the RMBP and a Thunderbolt display. And yes, that setup is a desktop replacement for me. I could care less about the optical drive (which I rarely use), the non-upgradeable RAM (which I've never upgraded), and the lack of Ethernet (wireless standards outclass current ISP speeds by quite a bit).
 

InlawBiker

macrumors 6502
Apr 6, 2007
250
1
Well, don't think nobody's done the math. A Macbook plugged into an external display is a poor replacement for a real desktop and it costs a lot more.
 

topmounter

macrumors 68020
Jun 18, 2009
2,246
422
FEMA Region VIII
After my hot-n-heavy 15" MBP, the 13" MBA spoiled me completely. I would have ordered a 13" MBA w/ the retina display on day one, but I wouldn't go back to a 15" laptop (no matter how thin and light they manage to make it).

iMac on the desk, MBA for everything else.
 

Razorhog

macrumors 65816
Sep 16, 2006
1,144
116
Arkansas
I considered the RMBP for a few seconds. But I don't need portability. I need screen real estate and a better GPU than a 650m.
 

The "Dude"

macrumors regular
Original poster
Sep 29, 2011
120
0
After my hot-n-heavy 15" MBP, the 13" MBA spoiled me completely. I would have ordered a 13" MBA w/ the retina display on day one, but I wouldn't go back to a 15" laptop (no matter how thin and light they manage to make it).

iMac on the desk, MBA for everything else.
That was my plan too (substitute MBA for iPad). Unfortunately, they didn't come out with a new iMac, and I'm not going to pay current prices for last year's technology. I can't afford to wait until 2013, so the rMBP was my alternative.

I wasn't attacking the iMac with this thread. Merely stating that anyone who was saving for the maxed out iMac like I was may not find the few hundred dollar difference such a stretch.
 
Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.