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Well, as I write this, it hasn't officially been released...

But it WILL be Current Hardware soon enough.

I'm buying the top model. Hell yeah.

What are your thoughts on it? Who's buying one, and if so, what config.?

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post #2 of 52
Superdrive, superdrive!

I'm down with the top model, if that's the only one with the Superdrive.

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If I didn't get an iBook in June I would've gotten this as fast as I could. I'm trying to convince my parents to let me sell the iBook so I can get an imac though.
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It's very cool and while before yesterday I had no reason to buy an iMac...I might just have to get one now...
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buying one this morning with superdrive...g
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I don't need one at the moment (new iBook), but I think that this time next year, when it gets its second bump in features and my current desktop needs replacing .... well then I will just in and buy one.

One thing is that first generation models often have quite a few bugs to work out. I can wait a year (BUT I LIKE IT!)
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I'd wait for the Rev B. to sort any bugs out, but: DAY-AMM. The top of the line model is the ultimate digital hub machine.
Will I get one? Not soon. Not because it isn't a terrific machine, but because I still haven't come near exploiting the power of the machine I currently have. If I buy a computer anytime soon (as in, within a year or so) it'll be a portable.
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post #8 of 52
100 mhz system bus! (same as old iMac)

Did I read this wrong, or do we have yet another bottlenecked Mac? Please, someone assure me that this isn't such a big deal, so I can go ahead and buy one!
post #9 of 52
SuperDrive model for me.

As soon as my wages are in the bank...

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post #10 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by Neandertal:
<strong>100 mhz system bus! (same as old iMac)

Did I read this wrong, or do we have yet another bottlenecked Mac? Please, someone assure me that this isn't such a big deal, so I can go ahead and buy one!</strong><hr></blockquote>

It's a big deal if you are a heavy 3D or Photoshop guy. Like 8 hours a day kinda level.

If you just dabble in the high end software, and mostly do low end software, you won't notice a thing.

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post #11 of 52
I'll probably wait a couple revisions B like I did with my current iMac. The biggest thing is USB 2.0. they include this in the new iMac?

I have to say that I thought the design sucked when I first saw it, but when I saw Steve move the display so effortlessly, I was Hooked!


BTW, just for shits and giggles I priced some competitor systems with the same features. Unfortunately Gateway, seemed to be the only one who could give me a DVD-R system under $2000. Dell might have, but I kept getting incompatibility errors.

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[quote]Originally posted by suckfuldotcom:
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It's a big deal if you are a heavy 3D or Photoshop guy. Like 8 hours a day kinda level.

SdC</strong><hr></blockquote>

Them sorta folks should be buying the fastest Powermac they can get their hands on! Maybe even two of 'em!
post #13 of 52
It's gonna be tough: 700MHz combo drive OR spend another $300 and have that option for doing the DVD thing down the road, should I get a digital camcorder and all (I'm sure I will at some point).

Plus, psychologically, I dig 800MHz more than 700MHz.

That way, it's exactly twice the MHz of what I currently have, thus feeling like a truer, more significant and worthwhile upgrade.

post #14 of 52
I just bought the Superdrive model with 800 mhz G4! I cant wait!
post #15 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by pscates:
[QB]It's gonna be tough: 700MHz combo drive OR spend another $300 and have that option for doing the DVD thing down the road, should I get a digital camcorder and all (I'm sure I will at some point).<hr></blockquote>

I did order the SuperDrive model right away today, but I've had this nagging thought along those same lines...

I remember someone saying that you should never buy a computer to do something that "you might do down the road". Meaning of course, that by the time you actually get to doing that thing, the computer will be dated. We're planning on getting a digital camera soon, but what if for some reason we don't get it for 6 months? The SuperDrive is sort of wasted then.

I can use it to put digital photos onto DVD though, but at $8 (for me in Canada) a pop for the DVD-R discs, I wonder if I'll do this a whole lot.

Your CD writing speed also goes down to 8x from 12x in the combo (and 24x in the CD-RW - WOW).

If I could get a combo drive 800 MHz G4 with a 60 GB drive, that would take care of everything.

What to do, what to do....

I've got a few weeks to think it over, anyway I guess.
post #16 of 52
murbot, you shouldn't get the one with the Superdrive if you don't know if you're gunna use it because by the time you decide to use it you'll be selling the iMac.
post #17 of 52
Yeah, murbs. If you don't already have a DV cam or aren't getting one soon, then iDVD and the superdrive might not be your cuppa joe.

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post #18 of 52
I'm excited, because for once, Apple isn't skimping on hardware. What do I mean? The old iMacs all had a measly 8x8x24x CD-RW drive, and the Combo in the old iBook was like 4x4x24x4. But, the CD-RW in the new iMac is 24x10x32x! And the combo drive is 12x8x32x and like 8x for the DVD! Man, it would've been kinda funny to see a Photoshop bake-off between the new iMac and a 1.8 P4...
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post #19 of 52
I dunno, right now I only have enough dough for the low end...by the time the SuperDrive model ships I'll have enough for the Combo...then I'd probably have enough for the SuperDrive a month later...

I don't need (or really want) a SuperDrive, it just the 800mhz thats attracting me..
I'll probably just go with the 700, I guess, Most of the things I do don't require raw processing power...'cept for gaming.

How would 700mhz G4 come out in Pentium/Athlon terms?
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post #20 of 52
I know guys, it's a tough call.

I'd REALLY like to get the 800 MHz G4, and I'd really like the big hard drive too (not to mention the fact that it'll be shipping a month sooner than the combo).

It's really too bad you can't configure these a little at the Apple Store. I'd select the top model and swap in the combo drive instead of the SuperDrive. That would take care of everything I am worried about!

I'd go with the combo, but then I'm losing 20 GB of hard drive space, going to the slower processor, and waiting one month longer. I've been Macless for 4 days, and waiting 3 weeks + for the SuperDrive model will be hard enough!

Dammit Apple, let us fiddle with these configurations a little, man!!
post #21 of 52
iDogchow,

You got things backwards. Superdrive ships this month, Combo in February and the CD-RW in March.
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post #22 of 52
I'm down for the whole enchilada, it will look striking next to my Cube which just became my Japanese-only Mac; both will be on the Net thanks to AirPort 2. Only wish I could run the Cinema display from the iMac Snow Bird.
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post #23 of 52
Apple has finally done it. The *one* thing I was waiting for happened. I wasn't gonna by an iMac until it had a G4 processor in it... AND WHAT A PACKAGE!!! I think it's beautiful, and I am now going to get one by any means necessary.

That 800 Mhz G4 is looking very appealing =)

Though I'm surprised Steve didn't hype it as "The Supercomputer for the average person."
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post #24 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by RSGnome:
<strong>Though I'm surprised Steve didn't hype it as "The Supercomputer for the average person."</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yeah, that seems like something he'd say.
post #25 of 52
I'm waiting until July. If they don't do something really compelling to the Power Mac line then (1 GHz on the middle config), I'll buy an 800 MHz iMac. Until today, I never thought it would be an option for me... :-)
post #26 of 52
Well, keep in mind that by July, these new iMacs will have gone through one upgrade cycle (hopefully).

All I really want is a 800MHz combo drive model. The more I think about the SuperDrive model, the more I go "eh...".

Oh well.

Yes, I wish the online Apple Store did let you tweak things a bit, in order to get exactly what you want (and not feel as though you're either spending more than you need to OR are compromising and selling yourself short).
post #27 of 52
I'm waiting until July. If they don't do something really compelling to the Power Mac line then (1 GHz on the middle config), I'll buy an 800 MHz iMac. Until today, I never thought it would be an option for me... :-)
post #28 of 52
Like the extra USB port, that'll make my life a little easier (no USB device swapping).
My wife and I both were in lust over the design. I am using a PM G4 400 with a 17" Cinema CRT display and while it is nice it takes a lot of room. The iMac would remove a lot of bulk and add a lot of power. I don't think the 15" display would be too much of a drop from the viewable area of my 17" and I have yet to find a need for a PCI expansion slot. We will probably buy one ($1299 or $1499) in March and sell the G4.
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post #29 of 52
well I'm just torn to bits, I must say.

I bought my 266 PBG3 because of the nice, big, bright screen; at the time, the cheapest Apple alternative was a full $1000 more. I've loved it...but it can't keep up with what I'm moving into.

So here comes the new iMac - that big, beautiful screen, AND a G4 - last year's baddest & fastest for half-price is awfully attractive, and I really want to do it.

But there's that 14" iBook...what I've got now, only faster, lighter, leaner, stronger (AND newer!) and would be so much easier to drag with than my Wallstreet...but probably underpowered & so not a forward purchase.

AAUUUGHH!!!! I should just get the iMac & get to work, but it kills me to get THIS CLOSE to the next evolution & not be able to hold out for it.

Problem is: my PBG3 was old tech (tho new) when I bought it, and nice as the iMac is, the G4 is old tech, too. And having spent 12 years w/ an Amiga before that, I'd actually kinda like to be, y'know, current for a little while? The G5 is imminent, and would be a great enough jump to let me ride until the G7, maybe. But can I afford it when it arrives? And when WILL it arrive?? Can I wait???

God, I sound like a soap opera!
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post #30 of 52
I'm considering buying one. If me and my brother go 50/50 it won't be that bad for the highend one.

I'll likely wait to see what happens with the PowerMacs though.

I also have a strange feeling a 17 inch model will be released at MWNY.


I was hoping it had ATA/100 so I could stick in Maxtor's 130 GB or 160 GB HD but ATA/66 can't read those drives
post #31 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by Amorph:
<strong>I'd wait for the Rev B. to sort any bugs out, but: DAY-AMM. The top of the line model is the ultimate digital hub machine.
Will I get one? Not soon. Not because it isn't a terrific machine, but because I still haven't come near exploiting the power of the machine I currently have. If I buy a computer anytime soon (as in, within a year or so) it'll be a portable.</strong><hr></blockquote>
yea but the new iMac IS portable
I'll bet you could get a device that would be like an external battery, Like a little charged unit with a standard plug input, or somet crap like that, hehehe just to say you used your iMac on a plane
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post #32 of 52
Definitely gonna buy it. Level 2 or the top model
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post #33 of 52
I´m buying the cheapest rev. b with superdrive.

I ave learned from the original iMac: NEVER buy rev a of anything.
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post #34 of 52
Hi there!

Will the new iMac also be convection cooled (virtually silent) or will there be a fan?
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[quote]Originally posted by Anders:
<strong>I´m buying the cheapest rev. b with superdrive.

I ave learned from the original iMac: NEVER buy rev a of anything.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I don't intend to purchase, but I make some pretty dumb decisions, so who knows.

Maybe if they have a sports-themed base. You know, make it have basball seams, and the monitor support look like a bat, and the monitor rotate 45 degrees to look like a basball diamond! Start says "Play ball!"

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[quote]Originally posted by applenut:
<strong>I also have a strange feeling a 17 inch model will be released at MWNY.

I was hoping it had ATA/100 so I could stick in Maxtor's 130 GB or 160 GB HD but ATA/66 can't read those drives </strong><hr></blockquote>

17 inch? Maybe in a year or two...
ATA/100? Much more likely...
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[quote]Originally posted by RolandG:
<strong>Hi there!

Will the new iMac also be convection cooled (virtually silent) or will there be a fan?</strong><hr></blockquote>

It does have a fan, but it's supposed to be quiet and only comes on full power when the unit gets to hot.
post #38 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by Anders:
<strong>I´m buying the cheapest rev. b with superdrive.

I ave learned from the original iMac: NEVER buy rev a of anything.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Maybe but somebody has to buy the rev. a machines or else there won't be a rev. b
post #39 of 52
I thought about the new iMac overnight. I'm going to have a pretty good birthday this year--hell, I have a pretty good birthday every year because I keep buying Macs.

iPhoto must be Cocoa. It is so slow on my 400MHz DVSE.

EDIT: I just thought of something. By September--when I will be buying--this iMac should be close to a 1GHz G4 Processor. Cool.

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post #40 of 52
[quote]Originally posted by MacsRGood4U:
<strong>iDogchow,

You got things backwards. Superdrive ships this month, Combo in February and the CD-RW in March.</strong><hr></blockquote>

Yeah, what I said, right? This month I'll have enough for next months model, I'm upset about the wait.
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