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Apple Plotting a Quad-Core iMac?

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The latest rumor to do the rounds in Mac world is that the company could be planning to use both dual-core and quad-core processors in the new, updated version of the iMac.

Late last week AppleInsider speculated that Apple might be getting ready to introduce a new iMac. Citing people familiar with the matter AppleInsider says that the Cupertino-based company has warned that new reseller orders for the high-end 24-inch 3.06 GHz iMac are unlikely to be fulfilled.

This rumor has since evolved and now people beginning to wonder what will make up the guts of this machine. CNet speculates that Apple might decide to offer both a dual-core and a quad-core processor.

Citing Shaw Wu of Kaufman Brothers, CNet reports that, while Apple currently offers two different screen sizes (20-inch and 24-inch) for the all-in-one iMac and two different configurations for each size, the company could either further differentiate the 24-inch line with quad-core chips, or even a choice of dual-core or quad-core processors for each screen size.

Which do you think Apple is likely to do? On the one hand we can see Apple only offering users the quad-core in the 24-inch, forcing customers looking for that kind of power to pay a higher price. On the other hand, the company would probably shift more units if they offered a choice of one or the other in either the 20-inch or the 24-inch.

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    jsloan , February 3, 2009 8:54 PM
    what's the big deal, what's so nice and sweet? quad core based pcs are like been there done that. does everyone go ooh-aah everytime apple announces something. what kind of cool-aid or multi-coloured glasses are they selling. i bet they expect people to pay 3-4 times what it's worth. what would really be impressive is a i7 920 quad core mini with 6 gb memory, 1 tb 7200 sata and ati 4850 for around $1,000, now that is ooh-aah.
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    joebob2000 , February 3, 2009 8:25 PM
    Quad apple cores. nice.
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    jsloan , February 3, 2009 8:54 PM
    what's the big deal, what's so nice and sweet? quad core based pcs are like been there done that. does everyone go ooh-aah everytime apple announces something. what kind of cool-aid or multi-coloured glasses are they selling. i bet they expect people to pay 3-4 times what it's worth. what would really be impressive is a i7 920 quad core mini with 6 gb memory, 1 tb 7200 sata and ati 4850 for around $1,000, now that is ooh-aah.
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    apoq , February 3, 2009 9:03 PM
    More like quad Intel cores.
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    Mach5Motorsport , February 3, 2009 9:04 PM
    oh gee, a quad core? Will Mac ever figure it out and offer blu ray on am laptop too?
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    jsloan , February 3, 2009 9:42 PM
    Mach5Motorsportoh gee, a quad core? Will Mac ever figure it out and offer blu ray on am laptop too?


    no more super drive :-( that's blasphemy ;-) if having to go from motorola to intel was not a bad enough insult.
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    SneakySnake , February 3, 2009 9:44 PM
    This will be a nice upgrade, but I'm pretty that the more aggresive mac owners (hardware wise) would rather have a mid-range tower, that could have upgradable PCI-E ports.

    At the moment the only mac that offers that is the Mac Pro, which is complete overkill for almost everything. It has 2x Xeon processors (8 core), with speeds being up to that of the C2E QX9770. Who honestly needs two of those in there. Drop it down to one i7 920, a nice GPU, with up to 8 GB's of RAM. Couple that with expandability and Mac would finally have a nice tower to purchase.
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    ravenware , February 3, 2009 9:53 PM
    Quote:
    Apple Plotting a Quad-Core iMac?


    Why is this news?

    Quote:
    Which do you think Apple is likely to do?


    I would imagine the user base that would take advantage of a quad core chip would be using the mac pros anyway.

    So, who knows, who cares?
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    falchard , February 4, 2009 3:08 AM
    Better late then never. Its only coming at the time when PCs are preparing to move on to 6 and 8 core processors.
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    ThePatriot , February 4, 2009 5:35 AM
    Why do ppl insist on comparing pc's with Apple computers?

    Its like comparing an Audi to the crap from Detroit's 'car' makers.

    Makes no sense al all.
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    Tindytim , February 4, 2009 6:25 AM
    Why the hell is this here? Tom's, why do you continue to hypocritically talk about products that can't use any of the other products on this site?
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    PrangeWay , February 4, 2009 12:41 PM
    Quote:
    Why do ppl insist on comparing pc's with Apple computers?
    Its like comparing an Audi to the crap from Detroit's 'car' makers.


    Exactly. Though calling Mac's Detroit cars is kindof harsh.

    And they'll put the quads on the 24in. Apple is good at maximizing thier revenue streams, and this would be the best way to insure that with their dedicated consumer base.
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    tenor77 , February 4, 2009 1:02 PM
    95% of the people running a Mac could do the same thing they do there with a $200 netbook. I'm not even slamming a Mac, cause it could do more, but hardly anyone does use it for more than internet browsing and some other home apps. In otherwords, this is overkill.

    And if we're talking about comparisons with cars if a Mac is an Audi then my PC is an American Muscle car. Big block, full of torque.
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    zak_mckraken , February 4, 2009 1:13 PM
    TindytimWhy the hell is this here? Tom's, why do you continue to hypocritically talk about products that can't use any of the other products on this site?


    What the hell do you mean? Tom is not about interoperability. It's a site of news about hardware. Mac computers are hardware. And even then, yes, you can use a mac with most of the other hardware that Tom is reporting about, or "advertising" about, like some would say.

    That being said, I also think the quad-core will be standard with the 24" version but it will also probably be an option for the "higher" 20" version (at a ridiculous price, of course).
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    Mardy Matt , February 4, 2009 3:08 PM
    If we're going to compare the differences of Mac and PCs to cars, I believe that a Mac would be more along the lines of a Mercedes or BMW (or Audi for that matter) - full of luxury and slick. A Mac Pro would be similar to the AMG or M division variants; a bigger, better, faster version of the origional. A PC would be more like a tuner car, sure it lacks some of the refinement, but they are often more powerful and more fun to drive. I7 965, 8gbs, Geforce 295 SLI = Skyline tuned to 1000ps
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    Mach5Motorsport , February 5, 2009 2:51 PM
    Mardy MattIf we're going to compare the differences of Mac and PCs to cars, I believe that a Mac would be more along the lines of a Mercedes or BMW (or Audi for that matter) - full of luxury and slick. A Mac Pro would be similar to the AMG or M division variants; a bigger, better, faster version of the origional. A PC would be more like a tuner car, sure it lacks some of the refinement, but they are often more powerful and more fun to drive. I7 965, 8gbs, Geforce 295 SLI = Skyline tuned to 1000ps


    a very shaky analogy. Mercedes isn't the most reliable car maker. Expensive, yes. Subarus don't break like a Mercedes and the dealers for your Benz treats you like poop. (just like Apple treats mac owners?)

    Now that I think about it. Macs are expensive and not the most reliable. Hey, it does work after all!
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    falconqc , February 5, 2009 4:54 PM
    Mach5Motorsport : QFT ;) 

    Who wants a BMW and Mercedes anyway? Sure, you look stylish and cool, but deep down you know you just paid way more for something you could have gotten for less, just like a Mac.

    By the time Apple gets its Quad cores from intel, I'm pretty sure PC will have its 16 core i7's rolling out.
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    ravenware , February 5, 2009 7:45 PM
    zak_mckrakenWhat the hell do you mean? Tom is not about interoperability. It's a site of news about hardware. Mac computers are hardware. And even then, yes, you can use a mac with most of the other hardware that Tom is reporting about, or "advertising" about, like some would say.That being said, I also think the quad-core will be standard with the 24" version but it will also probably be an option for the "higher" 20" version (at a ridiculous price, of course).


    Toms is supposed to be a site about hardware reviews.

    This shouldn't qualify as news either. Its a quad core chip in a compuetr, old news.
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    zak_mckraken , February 6, 2009 12:27 PM
    A computer is hardware. Macs are computers. This mac will be the first one to have a quad-core chip. Thus, hardware news.

    If you elitists jerks only want to read about chips and video cards, you can just skip those articles and keep your comments for yourselves. That's why they put titles on articles. If you don't want to know about quad-core macs, you shouldn't click on an article that is named : "Apple Plotting a Quad-Core iMac?"
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    Mach5Motorsport , February 6, 2009 2:07 PM
    falconqcMach5Motorsport : QFT Who wants a BMW and Mercedes anyway? Sure, you look stylish and cool, but deep down you know you just paid way more for something you could have gotten for less, just like a Mac.By the time Apple gets its Quad cores from intel, I'm pretty sure PC will have its 16 core i7's rolling out.


    Who knows what individuals want. Bimmers and Mercs are over-rated anyway, imo.

    Just that Mac eventually comes out with a computer that has features that PC makers have released a year earlier. ;) 
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    Mach5Motorsport , February 6, 2009 2:08 PM
    falconqcMach5Motorsport : QFT Who wants a BMW and Mercedes anyway? Sure, you look stylish and cool, but deep down you know you just paid way more for something you could have gotten for less, just like a Mac.By the time Apple gets its Quad cores from intel, I'm pretty sure PC will have its 16 core i7's rolling out.


    Who knows what individuals want. Bimmers and Mercs are over-rated anyway, imo.

    Just that Mac eventually comes out with a computer that has features that PC makers have released a year earlier. ;) 
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