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Old or new Imac?
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Sep 8, 2006, 07:28 AM
I bought a 20 inch intel Imac from the apple store just hours before the new Imac announcement. It is in rout with delivery either today or Monday.

Any opinions about whether I should accept the older machine, or return and get the new one. I guess the question is, anybody have any idea how much better the new machine is? It is for home use, not work, but I will use it with photoshop and final cut.

I did get a price reduction over the phone from Apple, even though the old machine is not here yet.
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Sep 8, 2006, 07:49 AM
It might not make a huge difference - the CPU is going to be a bit faster, and you'll get an extra 512MB of RAM, but neither is a deal-breaker. The discount you received from Apple can be put into the RAM you'll need for those apps.
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Sep 8, 2006, 07:55 AM
If you bought it just hours before, you're likely getting the newer model. I remember once purchasing an iBook 5 days before they were announced, and I had a shipping delay, then BAM I was already upgraded to the newer machine.

Let it come. When you get it, look on the box to see if it's the Core 2 Duo (2.16Ghz) or just plain Core Duo (2.0 Ghz). If it's just the Core Duo, I'd return it. You save $200 by upgrading to the newer model. In fact, yesterday I returned my 2-week old iMac, paid the restocking fee, and purchased a new one and still got back $41. So basically Apple paid me to upgrade to the newer, faster machine.
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