Will the new iMac be waterproof?

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  1. Macmamamac macrumors regular

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    Seems like a silly question, but rumours are the new iPads will be waterproof so why not iMacs?

    keyboards at the very least need to be waterproof as standard. iMacs don't necessarily need waterproofing, but dust and waterproofing go hand in hand. And anyone who has ever opened up an iMac for repair sees how much dust collects in the interior.

    Besides, waterproofing the mac could be rebranded as 'drunk proof'. :)
     
  2. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    iPhones are waterproof because they are carried around so they can be dropped in wet places or caught in the rain. This also applies to a iPad to a lesser extent.

    Dust collects in an iMac because there are fans to move air through the machine for cooling. This means waterproofing would need to be internal rather than the shell, which makes it much more difficult (although not impossible). High cost for a relatively small gain means it is unlikely to happen.

    Laptops are moved around rather than used in a dedicated space, so they are likely to see waterproofing before the iMac, especially as there are less complications because the RAM cannot be removed. Coffee shop spills are a prime example of a higher risk for a MacBook.
     
  3. CarlJ macrumors 68020

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    Maybe MacBooks. The iMac sits way above the desk, so I'm not sure how you would spill water on it anyway. Dump it on top of it?
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    No, as the iMac is a desktop and its quite easy to avoid any liquid damage, i.e., avoid drinking near the iMac
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    No.

    I have never heard of a "waterproof" desktop computer, and don't expect to hear of one, at least one intended for general usage...
     
  7. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like a bad excuse to raise prices.

    At first I didn't understand why you're asking this, and then I got it, drunk idiots spilling their beer on the computer.

    Yeah, I don't see it happening.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    The thing is, Apple doesn't need an excuse to raise prices, though I hope they do the opposite at this point, but since I have a new mac (well new as of last November), I'm not going to be in the market for one for a few years - hopefully quite a few
     
  9. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    As it is Apple, the last thing I would expect is any sort of price decrease, maybe there will be a modest decrease on something like the SSDs but I know we'll end up paying the same.

    I am on the cusp of an update and as I have a new iMac on order, I don't know whether to cancel it and wait for the new one but there are risks that come with being an early adopter, and I may be unable to stop myself from buying it.

    As I had originally intended to buy a late '15 all along, I am less bothered by it.
     
  10. iPhisch macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't mind it if they made the wireless keyboard waterproof so I'm covered when my kid knocks over my coffee cup in the morning.
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Do you really think that they can waterproof them and cool the electronics using fans, it's not even possible in Relatively low power ultra books....
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    If there's a risk of spillage, why not just avoid drinking near your iMac?
     
  13. Floris macrumors 68020

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    How drunk are you that your iMac that's on a FOOT STAND gets water damage?
     
  14. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

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    There's a whole bunch of different keyboards you can buy for harsh environments. Don't know if there's anything for iMac itself
     
  15. danielwsmithee macrumors 6502a

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    A waterproof keyboard & magic mouse wouldn't be a bad feature. I've spilled water onto a keyboard before, but the entire computer would be pointless.

    Apple just barely updated the Magic Keyboard/Mouse/Trackpad so I doubt you will see waterproof accessories anytime soon. Even if these components do get spilled on they usually come back to life fine as is if you just let them dry out, so I don't see that much value to the idea.
     
  16. iPhisch macrumors 6502

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    'Cause I got **** to do, man. Ain't nobody got time for that.
     
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  18. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

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    I hope it is, I can't wait to take mine diving with me.
     
  19. EJ Lala macrumors member

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    Before I opened the thread I thought it was going to be a troll and I would get chuckle, but I think he's genuine.

    Hey guys I can't wait to take mine into the bathtub, no shock if it's waterproof right? :confused:
     
  20. Trebuin macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to know if I can submerge my iMac down to 35' to store in my evil laboratory. jk
     

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