Apple: New iMacs start shipping November 30
Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:46 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:20 AM
I think its a year or two too soon and think its a shame for Blu-Ray and video professionals, but do you really need a CD Drive of some sort? Like I said I can't remember the last time I used mine.
For the rare occasions have an external, but then again like you said who cares how thin a desktop computer is, the old one was fine and was nice having everything in one. I think they could have curved the backing enough to include a drive in its normal area. I don't think it would have taken away from the new design that much.
My biggest complaint is having to turn the whole thing around to get to the IO. I would like to see one or two USB in the front, especially for students in a lab. Its such a pain to watch a student have to turn the whole machine around to plug something in like thumb drive or external HD and now they have to do it with a SDCard since its on the back now.
All in all I don't see it being a major issue, always have an external and most people in labs use an external HD or thumb drive so schools shouldn't be affected that much.
My biggest worry is everything going to the cloud like the Mac App Store.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:06 AM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:21 AM
There are some architecture changes, and the inclusion of two thunderbolt ports is quite welcome for me. I use professional FireWire audio interfaces, and I know already from using them with my MBA that they work well with the thunderbolt-to-FireWire interfaces.
The screen redesign will be nice in eliminating the gap between the glass and LCD, and though it rarely moves, I'll enjoy the reduced weight for when I reconfigure the station.
I'll reserve final judgement for when the lab results are in, but I think it's fair to assume we can expect outstanding performance from the new architecture improvements.
Expect this new iMac to be the fastest Mac available when tested in benchmark performance.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:48 AM
What's stopping you from getting a new mini?
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:08 PM
I've thought about that, i'm still not sure. The imac is still probably beefier, and has a gorgeous screen. My monitor is an old hp about the same age, and I figured i'd uprade that as well.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:13 PM
I will too, we'll know soon enough. It may blow the other away, I'm holding out for the 27" model, so hopefully if there's any issues with the 21" I'll know before then.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:56 PM
Dell has gone down hill, they have always sucked, but getting worse. I'm not sure about Vizio, but they had some good deals on them over the Thanksgiving holiday/BlackFriday. Like roughly $1000 for i7, etc. But they are just starting out so not sure on the hardware of these computers, plus you are stuck with Windows. Windows 8 MS shot themselves in the foot.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 12:57 PM
Yea I read the same thing.....I'm waiting to get my hands on the tech manuals to see how difficult they are to tear apart. I'm hoping easier than before, but we will see and have my doubts.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 01:33 PM
True, Windows 8 is kinda clumsy, but the XPS one has gotten rave reviews. I'll still probably go with the imac once the benchmarks are out though. In 5 years wont really matter, and OSX is better.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 02:23 PM
Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:51 PM
Don't bother calling Apple tech support... they are babbled too: "Maybe we'll have it figured out in a week or two." Swell... in the meantime, the new software I need to earn a living sits unable to install or run - demanding 10.8.2 BEWARE