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pibolar
09-08-2013, 02:09 PM
Hey guys

Anyone heard anything yet about a possible refresh of the 2012 slim iMac for 2013? with better specs etc etc? you guys know the usual apple drill

Wanting to buy a new iMac at the end of the month (pay day) but i always seem to buy one JUST before they update the specs lol

danny842003
09-08-2013, 02:46 PM
Wait until Tuesday and find out for sure I guess.

chscag
09-08-2013, 03:20 PM
Mac Rumors site: Know when to buy your next Mac (http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/)

pibolar
09-08-2013, 04:00 PM
Wait until Tuesday and find out for sure I guess.

Yeh i guess BUT i swear they dont normally really touch on spec refreshing, only really push it if its a redesign :) fingers crossed anyways

pigoo3
09-08-2013, 04:52 PM
The "smart" money has Tuesday's Apple event being primarily about new iPhones. Even most of the rumor articles circulating at the moment do not predict any announcements regarding new iMac models.

But you never know with Apple. Sometimes they VERY quietly slip in a mention of new computer models at these events...or make no mention at all at the event...and new models just "appear" at the Apple Store!;)

No doubt...new iMac models are due soon...but when is anyone's guess.

- Nick

pibolar
09-08-2013, 05:54 PM
yeh lol it'll be about a week after i spend 3000 on a new one hahaha

pigoo3
09-08-2013, 06:10 PM
yeh lol it'll be about a week after i spend 3000 on a new one hahaha

We of course see lots & lots & lots of threads from folks looking to purchase a new computer. And of course no one wants to purchase a new computer (big bucks)...then just days or weeks later Apple releases new models. Which sometimes may be more powerful, have brand new features, AND cost less than the computer they just purchased!

So of course we would LOVE to be able to say/know when Apple is going to release new models...but Apple has ALWAYS been VERY tight-lipped when it comes to these announcements.

The some ways to avoid "buyer's remorse" in this sort of situation is:

- Purchase a refurbished computer from the Apple Store. Since at least in this case...the buyer saves a few hundred $$$/ on the purchase vs. new.
- Purchase a used Macintosh computer better than they already have (and save some good money).
- "Sit" on the cash until new models are actually released...and available (since new models may not always be available in all countries immediately after a new model announcement).

Of course sometimes everyone cannot wait weeks or months for new models to come out...then you just got to "roll the dice"!;)

Good luck,:)

- Nick

harryb2448
09-08-2013, 06:59 PM
Do not think a new iMac on the horizon. The current model was announced late 2012 and only became available early this year. Normally iMac models seem to run for about 18 months or so,

Nighthawk4
09-09-2013, 12:53 PM
Unless they put the DVD drive back I am unlikely ever to buy another iMac (nor another MacMini - although the lack of proper graphics card rules those out anyway).


Not very likely of course :(

danny842003
09-09-2013, 01:47 PM
Unless they put the DVD drive back I am unlikely ever to buy another iMac (nor another MacMini - although the lack of proper graphics card rules those out anyway).


Not very likely of course :(

A lack of DVD drive put me off buying a retina so i got a normal macbook pro. And i have since used the dvd drive maybe twice in a year. Wish i had just got the retina now.

vansmith
09-09-2013, 02:36 PM
A lack of DVD drive put me off buying a retina so i got a normal macbook pro. And i have since used the dvd drive maybe twice in a year. Wish i had just got the retina now.The retina isn't user upgradeable and you got a better spec'd machine (aside from the display). I wouldn't be too dismayed since you probably got the better machine.

chscag
09-09-2013, 03:29 PM
+1. Fully agree; in my opinion you purchased the better machine. Maybe my eyes are old but I really see no special difference between the retina display and the standard one used by Apple. At least not enough to warrant the higher price and a machine that is not upgradeable.

danny842003
09-09-2013, 03:33 PM
The retina isn't user upgradeable and you got a better spec'd machine (aside from the display). I wouldn't be too dismayed since you probably got the better machine.

You are probably correct. But I still do like that display when i see it. Not that this display is exactly bad mind.

vansmith
09-09-2013, 04:39 PM
True, there is little doubt that the retina has a better display (this is, after all, the selling point). I'm going to guess though that, like chscag suggested, the display is not going to be tremendously better unless you have a discerning eye. To each their own though (the joys of choice).

harryb2448
09-09-2013, 06:45 PM
The day of the DVD optical drive is behind us with thumb drives cheaper, faster and hold much more. Same thing happened when the original iMac did away with the floppy.

pigoo3
09-09-2013, 07:30 PM
To add to what Harry mentioned. If someone REALLY needed the occasional/rare need of an optical drive...external USB optical drives can be purchased relatively inexpensively.

No need to eliminate a newer iMac purchase (which may have some cool new features, abilities, and performance)...that doesn't have a built-in optical drive...when external optical drive options are easily & inexpensively available.:)

- Nick

danny842003
09-10-2013, 12:07 PM
To add to what Harry mentioned. If someone REALLY needed the occasional/rare need of an optical drive...external USB optical drives can be purchased relatively inexpensively.

No need to eliminate a newer iMac purchase (which may have some cool new features, abilities, and performance)...that doesn't have a built-in optical drive...when external optical drive options are easily & inexpensively available.:)

- Nick

Exactly and despite that having been my mind set in the past. I no longer understand it.

chas_m
09-12-2013, 07:39 AM
To date I have NEVER EVER burned an optical disc anywhere but my home, despite owning a portable Mac since at least 2006.

On the increasingly-rare occasions I need to burn one anymore, the $40 one I bought six years ago -- sitting in a $25 Firewire 400 case -- does the job. Unlike the slot-loading drive in my MBP, the tray-loading external a) isn't prone to finicky failure, b) can read all sizes of CDs/DVDs with the help of a 3" adapter, and c) would cost a pittance to replace if I ever needed to do so (have occasionally thought of replacing it with a Blu-ray now that its possible to get Blu-ray viewing and burning software).

Thus far, the external burner has outlasted two (and working on three) Macs. So someone telling me the lack of an internal optical drive in a Mac is a dealbreaker -- when one of OWC's hottest-selling kits is the one that lets you REPLACE the optical drive with a bay for an SSD drive -- just makes me chuckle.