I finally cracked last night and ordered mine.
We're looking at 4th-11th of Jan' as they quoted me. But it was always going to be about a 3-4 weeks/a month-ish as they only became available to order 30th/1st Dec'.
8 gigs of Ram.
That there...is a fast machine. Much faster than my current Core 2 Duo from 2008 with 8800GS.
I would have liked the retina for a 27 inch iMac. Knowing my luck Apple will update the iMac in June with retina. :P But I didn't think waiting for next Intel cpu was worth it with little anticipated performance increase with mainly power savings and more bumps to Integrated crappics.
But...I think i get the vibe we're at least a year away from that...and then...a GPU fast enough to push it in the way a 680MX pushes the current top res'? ...and look at the prices of the retinas for just 13 and 15 inch Macbooks!
I'm sure it will looking stunningly sharp when it arrives. Speaking of 'Sharp', did Marv' or one poster push a link of a 32 inch screen with a 4k res? But again. How much would an iMac with that cost? I'm sure the retina iMac will come in the next 1-3 years.
So, there we have it. I'll have the new sexy thin super powerful iMac.
...and the LED monitor they do have is far punchier with colours and pops with more vibrance. So, it is an improvement too.
It wasn't cheap. I don't like that Apple put the price up by £100, dropped the DVD AND charged me £50+ for an external. That's a £150+ price hike. I don't like that they're basically charging £200 for an £80 128 SSD part. I don't like their ass reaming prices on ram £160(?) for an extra 8 gigs to take it up to 16 gigs? (Seriously...greedy b*stardness...) Can get a stick of '8' gigs for about £30-ish quid?
The top end iMac still sits on i5 cpu (a £1000 'rig' and lower cpu...) It's gone up in price from £1500 to £1800 over the last few years. And you still have to BTO an i7 and the 680MX which should come as standard on the top end iMac in my view.
But compared to the entry level Mac Pro (a joke of a machine...with an outrageous price for an upgradeable machine (Yeah...) the BTO'd iMac is a real heavy weight for value, GPU punch, big beautiful screen and Fusion. I hope 'pro' aspirees have their day in the sun. But I get the feeling at Apple's current rate of going it will be late '13.
I'm looking forward to getting a commercial copy of Photoshop, an A3 scanner, sticking some extra ram to take it to 16 or 24 gigs...and having some fun doing 3D work, some 2D art and the odd game ;) Should perform 4-5 times faster on cpu and the same or more on GPU.
I'll lose the guilt over the price when it arrives, I guess.... :D Can't wait to see how fast it boots.
Lemon Bon Bon. ;)