What to expect with the next iMac update?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by open0source, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. open0source macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    According to Appleinsider, iMacs will be updated within 4 weeks! Can I get some speculation from you guys? The Macbooks give away the LED display and Mini DisplayPort, but what can we expect in terms of specs from this "speed bump"?
  2. danstratplr macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I almost bit the bullet and bought one the other day too...

    hoping for bigger HD, speed bump... and a 9 series geforce :)
  3. Richard.John macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2007
    Yurigaoka, Japan
    Out of interest, what benefit would LED bring to a desktop display? Reduced power usage and thickness?
  4. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2006
    More even backlighting. Very important considering the crap backlighting I've had on the last 3 apple computers I've owned.
  5. Nordichund macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    Oslo, Norway
  6. danstratplr macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    +1 on the LED

    MUCH nicer, more even and vivid.
  7. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    133~267 MHz speed bumps with the top iMacs at 3.06 GHz and 3.2 GHz.

    NVIDIA chipset with 9400, 9600, and 9800 GPUs, 256/512 MB.
    20"  20"  24"  24"
    9400 9600 9600 9800 (likely)
    9400 9400 9600 9600 (9800 BTO) (less likely)
    1067 MHz RAM, 2 GB, maybe 4 GB in the highest model

    When the iMacs got Firewire 800, I thought this would mean the MacBooks would too. But no. Maybe the 20" model will lose all Firewire, while the 24" model will retain one Firewire 800 port.

    I can see the gap between the 20" and 24" growing. The difference in display size and quality is just the start. Given that quad-core Nehalem is coming 1~2 quarters before dual-core Nehalem, we may see a late 2009 update of the iMacs that gives a significant update of the 24" models (quad-core Nehalem, new GPU) but leaves the 20" models relatively untouched (133 MHz Penryn speed bump).

    Of course this all depends on how big significant this "speed bump" is.
  8. open0source thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2008
    Exactly what I was looking for! These sound like reasonable expectations, thanks a bunch :D
  9. Jack Flash macrumors 65816

    May 8, 2007
    Probably just processor speed bumps and larger hard drives.
  10. pyroDcsk8er macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2008
    I definitely think that we will see the new NVIDIA chipsets in the new iMac's. As to any physical changes externally, I really don't think they would do much since the iMac matches the Macbook's and new LED display...
  11. AC773 macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2006
    Are you sure we'll see the 9400 in the lowest iMac? After all, the only time the iMac has shared graphics with the iBook/MacBook was with the ultra-cheap late 2006 17" model with GMA 950. Other than that, the iMac has pretty much always had discrete graphics.
  12. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Either the 9400 or something like the 9500, to differentiate it from the other iMacs.
  13. DSG macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    If the MB/MBP release was anything to go by then the biggest change in a new iMac will probably be a higher price in the UK. Hence my refurb 24" currently awaiting dispatch.
  14. pwn247 macrumors 6502


    Aug 30, 2008
    West Virginia, USA
    I highly doubt that Apple will remove Firewire 400 on the iMacs. And if they do remove it, they'll keep Firewire 800 and sell you the adapter.

    And, of course, Apple's going to upgrade to the newest Nvidia chips. Likely something a little more than what they put in the notebooks. I also expect to see larger hard drives and maybe even a better super/combo drive *crosses fingers*.

    Also, we might actually see Intel's new Core i7, which is one reason that Apple's waiting until mid-November or January to release. I was hoping Apple would've waited until Intel released that for them to start working on the new notebooks.
  15. thezerox macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2008
  16. iJoe85 macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2008
    Good to hear but already bought my refurb yesterday. Not disappointed since the model I got was more affordable for me now. :D
  17. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    These are all just my personal suspicions, I have no insider info or anything :). But I wouldn't be surprised if they were true,

    Yep I'm guessing LED backlit displays all round (the new 24-inch cinema display has it...). Nvidia chipset + 9-series GPU's. Perhaps the return of the $999 iMac with the 9400 (desktop version, slightly faster) integrated GPU, which BTW is just as good as the ATI 2400 XT.

    And Nvidia 9600/9800's in the rest (with power-saving option to go down to the 9400 perhaps?). 2GB RAM for 20-inch iMacs, 4GB for at least the top end 24-incher.

    CPU's: Quad core in the top-end 24-inch, perhaps? Otherwise, just the regular speed bumps.

    HDD: capacity bumps all round, SSD option (why not? Some people would like the speed and not need the capacity of a mechanical HDD)

    Design: No major change. Aluminium back, perhaps? Smaller chin? Possible, but nothing drastic should happen.

    Ports: Should stay the same (though an extra USB or two is always welcome). If you look at the iFixit site, there isn't any room on the new Macbook motherboard for a Firewire!

  18. danstratplr macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA

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