The New iMacs

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by Scott, Aug 20, 2007.

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  1. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    The new iMacs that came out a week or so ago are great. See the specs here. Even the bottom of the line, which is what I picked up, are powerful and beautiful. Does anyone else have one yet?
     
  2. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    Now if only they had a wireless keyboard with a track-pad or track-ball.
     
  3. ReformedWretch

    ReformedWretch Puritan Board Doctor

    The "low end" one is still $1,200:lol: That's Apple for ya!
     
  4. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    Fascinating. I am just now looking into and seeing what is up with Macs. So the computer is built into the screen?
     
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  5. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Keyboards are available in both wireless and wired versions. I don't see one with a trackpad in it. Anyway, if you already have one you like, you can use it if it is USB or bluetooth accessible.
     
  6. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Yeah, what you see in the picture is the whole thing. The computer/monitor are the same unit, so you don't have an extra box hanging around. The superdrive is built in the side. The USB, firewire, and other ports are on the back. It is sleek.
     
  7. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Yeah, but it is a bit cheaper if you factor in the freebies. Right now if you have an education connection, you also get a 4gb Nano, which retails for $200. You also get a $100 printer (an HP Photosmart). So that effectively knocks $300 off.

    If you don't want the nano, you can sell a new unused nano for close to $200 on ebay if you don't want it. So you could get $200 from a rebate and close to $200 from the sale of the nano. We kept ours though. Not sure on the ebay resale of an unused Photosmart printer.
     
  8. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    That's pretty cool. My husband doesn't like me looking into Macs. :D I have much invested in PC programs but am now seeing there are ways to use those on a Mac..hmmm.... :up: Though I will likely start with an older model.


     
  9. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Beth: be sure to get Dale Cosby's (a user online here) input. He seems to know the whole Mac family and can probably recommend the best model for your needs. Scott
     
  10. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    "Maximum altitude: 10,000 feet"

    I wonder what happens above maximum altitude. I've never heard of this spec before on a computer.

    That would preclude me from using it in the old cabin on Beartooth Pass, or in several places in Colorado or New Mexico. ;)
     
  11. Calvibaptist

    Calvibaptist Dallas Cowboys' #1 Fan

    At maximum altitude, it turns into a PC and ruins the whole thing.
     
  12. VictorBravo

    VictorBravo Administrator Staff Member

    :lol: Better than a pumpkin, I guess.
     
  13. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    You will need a relatively recent Mac that uses an Intel CPU in order to run Windows efficiently.
     
  14. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    I mean having the track-pad or track-ball as part of the keyboard.
     
  15. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    What about Virtual PC...I see that for earlier power macs? I guess I want the "option" to run my programs if I have to but would certainly like Mac OS.
     
  16. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    :lol:

     
  17. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    You can use a non-Apple keyboard with a trackball.
     
  18. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    You can run Windows, although I expect it leaves the Mac unclean under the cleanliness laws of Leviticus for 7 days every time you do it. You might be able to shorten that time with a Levitical priestly blessing involving hysop - not sure.
     
  19. Calvibaptist

    Calvibaptist Dallas Cowboys' #1 Fan

    Would you have to put the iMac outside your house for 7 days to see if the "uncleanness" went away?
     
  20. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    Heh heh...ok guys...I still like my windows XP...be nice! ;)
     
  21. Calvibaptist

    Calvibaptist Dallas Cowboys' #1 Fan

    I'm currently on Vista on a Dell computer. I have never owned a Mac, but am seriously considering going over to the Dark Side. I have used Macs before and really like them.
     
  22. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    I use both daily. I really prefer the Mac.
     
  23. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    Yes, Virtual PC will work. But it is a program that emulates an Intel processor. What this means is that where there is an Intel add instruction the emulator has to read it, see that it is an add, where to find the operands (the numbers to add) and then finally do the add using the PowerPC instruction. So what the Intel did in one instruction the emulator takes many instructions to do. Translation - Virtual PC is S L O W ! That is why I said "efficiently."

    The newer Macs with an Intel processor actually will run the Windows program directly. This happens with Boot Camp allowing the Mac to run Windows just like a PC at full speed. With a small performance hit, there are a couple of applications that allow the Mac to run windows along side of the Mac OS. One if Parallel Desktop, I don't remember the name of the other program.
     
  24. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    I see...thanks for the info. The newer Macs sure sound awesome. I am feeling the pull to the Dark Side. :chained:

    Well, I started talking about Macs to my husband and he did not break out in a sweat...so either he is ok with the idea or was just very tired. lol :cheers:
     
  25. Beth Ellen Nagle

    Beth Ellen Nagle Puritan Board Senior

    I have been thinking about this. How would this newer sleek iMac compare to a Mac that has a tower as far as capabilities? Will this do away with towers? I guess it depends on what you use your computer for.
     
  26. Calvibaptist

    Calvibaptist Dallas Cowboys' #1 Fan

    I'm not sure about the current technology, but I remember a few years ago HP came out with a similar type of computer. Everything was built into the flat-screen. They had all kinds of problems when it came time to repair something or replace it because it is basically like a laptop. None of the local computer repair facilities would touch it. It might be different with Mac if their is a store near you, but you will probably have to send it away to get it repaired.
     
  27. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Beth: The only ones with towers are the Mac Pros, which are significantly more expensive. I am sure they are great.
     
  28. Scott

    Scott Puritan Board Graduate

    Yeah, you can take it into the Apple Store. I have one very near, but not everybody does. Anyway, with Apple Care, it would be covered, whether you take it in-store or have to mail it off. Apples is very good and customer-friendly about repairs. I know one downside to the compact nature is that it make performing upgrades yourself, like changing out hard drives or adding memory, hard to do. I am not mechanical and don't do that myself anyway. I also like the extra space of having it all compact.
     
  29. jfschultz

    jfschultz Puritan Board Junior

    The big difference is performance and expansion. As for performance the iMac has two computing cores while the Mac Pro can have up to 8, which also can run faster. (The higher performance is great for heavy duty video editing and other compute intensive applications. Most users using it for email, word processing, and web surfing would never see any performance benefit.) On the iMac you can increase the amount of RAM. The Mac Pro allows you to increase RAM and Disk, and add various interface cards.

    Also the iMac is a all-in-one package. With the Mac Pro you will need to also provide a display.
     
  30. etexas

    etexas Puritan Board Doctor

    It seems like a hefty price.......BUT.............PC Magazine in it's recent review gave it an almost perfect score, they did mention the price, but they said in terms of features and software and other goodies, it was not really bad not to mention the famous Mac reliability!:):):)
     
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