Apple slims down iMac in latest update
Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:44 AM
Sure I can buy an external DVD. But that's more clutter for my desk. I appreciate that the new screen may be less reflective, one of my worries when buying the last one, but in reality, in my own office, the current one never gives me issues with reflections. So, overall, so far the only thing that has excited me is the 4x USB3 ports. Great - yippee
Maybe the new processor (top of the range) will be Ivy and up the speed of mine, which I presume is a sandy. I do hope there's some good news in there somewhere.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:06 AM
Some people still want to rip CDs to their iTunes library. Or watch DVDs - yes, actual physical DVDs - on their iMac. I know the computer world is moving away from optical drives, but not everybody is ready to follow that path yet.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:19 AM
-Browsing 8GB discs of media shared by clients and/or family
-Windows 7/Ubuntu installation(s) in Bootcamp
-Watching DVDs (21.5" display is gorgeous for it)
-Games for Mac and Windows purchased in the past 5 years
-Applecare Hardware Test disc
-Loops libraries for music production
You wouldn't happen to be a kid without an existing physical media library who lives on facebook and youtube by any chance? Many of us are mature prosumers with rich media and dual-boot workflows that optical media still has a strong foothold in.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:27 AM
Does anyone know if the RAM is user upgradable? The article says "slots", so it probably isn't soldered in. But I don't see any access panel.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:57 AM
You have a good point with most of the items in your list. However, there are workarounds for some of them:
Windows 7/Ubuntu installations are both available via downloads.
If you bought AppleCare with one of these, I'd be surprised if Apple didn't offer some sort of download option for their hardware test (Otherwise, that would be quite an oversight on their part).
Loop libraries are typically also available via download.
Unfortunately, for the rest of the items on your list, it looks as though Apple expects users to rely on connecting to another computer to transfer anything that you need from traditional media or purchasing an external combo drive. I see (and can appreciate) where they're going, but the transition isn't always easy.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:13 PM
And it looks as though that could give me a huge speed boost for my photo processing work. This drive puts the OS and the photo software onto the flash portion of the drive. I'm not sure of the ultimate speed boost but Apple says this new hybrid drive is almost as fast a full SSD and that would be a huge benefit for my photo workflow.
I also like the other upgrades: better monitor, better speakers, faster ports, easy memory upgrade and as much as 32 GB. The skinny design isn't a big thing for me professionally. But there's nothing wrong with having a home computer that you can show off.
As far as the optical drive issue, I totally get people's concerns on that. I still use that functionality. But I also have an external optical so it's not a concern for me. And I like the fact that folks who don't need one any more don't have to pay the extra bucks.
It would have been nice to see a retina display but that would have been a major cost on the 27" form factor. So overall, the new iMac is a big upgrade and my only frustration is having to wait until December.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:14 PM
Posted 23 October 2012 - 12:14 PM
On the iMac's Tech Specs page, only the 27" model is specified as having user-accessible RAM slots, so I think it will not be so for the 21.5" model. I think it is likely that the RAM that comes pre-installed will in fact be soldered.