Originally Posted by wizard69
I have a friend that got a 24" model about two months ago. She is happy with it but if she would have asked I would of suggested holding off on the purchase.
This could result in a very long discussion but I will just say that Snow Leopard changes that a bit. There appears to be a subset of programs that already benefit greatly from Snow Leopard. Apparently Apple refactored NSOperation facilities to leverage GCD so some programs fair well under SL.
The reality is though that many programs use older threading models that assume things about the machine they run on and thus don't benefit hugely from SL.
In otherwords Threaded apps under SL are a mixed bag today. Optimized software is a ways off.
I have to wonder if such testing would be valid today under SL?
I'll give it until sometime mid 2010 before Open CL and Grand Central make a difference for enough people, for it to begin to matter.
I'll give it until the end of 2010 before enough people see a difference in more than a small set of mostly programs by third party developers that are other than minor.
I'll give it until mid 2011 before most people will see significant improvements in their average daily computer usage from those advancements.
In other words, 4 cores aren't useful for most people for most programs now, and won't be for some time.
Better graphic card usage will come sooner, but not for most apps.
I'm not sure where all the negativity about the screens come from. As you point out they are very good. Probably over active imaginations. To me it is a realtively minor concern when compared to the issue of quad cores in an iMac.
The people who have stated these concerns here loudly, are just going by what they think are useful specs. The differences between high end pro graphics monitors and the 24" iMac are not that great for most purposes. so if someone is doing high end color work in a tight commercial setting, then there are better monitors to choose. but for most graphics pros, this monitor is plenty good enough.
Considering that we've got to spec spot colors with Pantone numbers (or others in other places) anyway, no matter what monitor we're using, the ultimate monitor isn't meaningful for most work.
And I'm one of the pickiest people around.
With Turbo Boost and the other processor enhancements an i7 based CPU ought to be able to out perform the current iMacs on poorly threaded code and at the same time do well with the newer GCD code. Maybe it is to good to be true but it would be very nice if i7 turns out to be the ideal transitional processor.
There's no doubt that Apple will b going to new cpu's with these still rumored machines. a four core Clarksdale is $1,000 bin price. That's a lot. maybe, just maybe, if Apple can manage the cooling, they would have than in the top model, just as the top models have the current 3.0.6.
After all, where can Apple go for chips? Either it will be a slightly upgraded Core 2 version, or the new Clarksdale.
Those are the only two realistic choices right now.