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Will iSight fit on the new iMac ?
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Sep 20, 2004, 11:41 AM
 
Any need for a special fitting to use iSight on the new G5 iMac?
     
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Sep 20, 2004, 12:34 PM
 
The new iMac uses the same magnetic mount as the new displays.
     
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Sep 20, 2004, 03:03 PM
 
Originally posted by Chris Grande:
The new iMac uses the same magnetic mount as the new displays.
And that'll be a YES !

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I thought the iMac was plastic?

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Sep 20, 2004, 04:53 PM
 
perhaps there's a metal interior to the casing and the magnet will be strong enough to hold.

i hope so, i was really fretting about sticking one of the other mounts on my new iMac.
     
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Sep 20, 2004, 06:16 PM
 
Apple headquarters a month from the imacs release: dang we forgot to design a way to mount the isight I guess we'll just scrap the design and start over.


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Sep 20, 2004, 10:38 PM
 
Originally posted by macaddict0001:
Apple headquarters a month from the imacs release: dang we forgot to design a way to mount the isight I guess we'll just scrap the design and start over.
Lets think back to the introduction on the first G4's when a month after everyone ordered Apple had to drop each model by 50MHz and not lower the price...
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Sep 22, 2004, 12:06 AM
 
Which is the magnetic mount, I have the laptop mount and two others. I was not aware one of them was magnetic?
     
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Sep 22, 2004, 12:18 AM
 
Originally posted by asmujica:
Which is the magnetic mount, I have the laptop mount and two others. I was not aware one of them was magnetic?
The new ones within the past month are magnetic.
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Originally posted by iREZ:
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Sep 22, 2004, 06:00 AM
 
Originally posted by Disgruntled Head of C-3PO:
The new ones within the past month are magnetic.
i dont think the metal is strong enough on the new imac .. it's got too much plastic i think ...

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Originally posted by mattyd:
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Sep 22, 2004, 12:42 PM
 
Originally posted by Lancer409:
i dont think the metal is strong enough on the new imac .. it's got too much plastic i think ...


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Sep 22, 2004, 01:06 PM
 
It's totally the same as the new displays since aluminium isnt magnetic, apple had to put a strip or steel in the back of the new displays and iMacs
     
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Originally posted by AshUK:
It's totally the same as the new displays since aluminium isnt magnetic, apple had to put a strip or steel in the back of the new displays and iMacs
I wouldn't care HOW it's being done.
What matters is: IT WORKS !

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Sep 22, 2004, 11:58 PM
 
MMm, is there a way to get one of the magnetic stands?
     
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Sep 23, 2004, 12:16 AM
 
Originally posted by asmujica:
MMm, is there a way to get one of the magnetic stands?
Apple sells and iSight accessory kit for $29. The magnetic mount is included in it.
     
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Sep 23, 2004, 03:15 AM
 
Or for the same money you can buy one of those Mac Mice Sight Flex things. That's what I'm going to do.

What I want to know, is how do I get the old stick-on holder off my old iMac ?!!?
     
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Sep 23, 2004, 11:17 AM
 
A friend used velcro on his to mount it. I can't believe some people. I was like dude, you just ruined the whole beauty of your iMac. Some people have no style.
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Sep 25, 2004, 12:06 PM
 
Originally posted by mattyd:
Apple sells and iSight accessory kit for $29. The magnetic mount is included in it.
I have to pay $29 dollars just to get the magnetic mount? What should I do with the rest mounts that came along with the accessory kit? Plus, not only that, I also have iSight box that comes with 3 different kinds of mounts.


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Sep 28, 2004, 05:12 PM
 
So far, I have not heard from anyone who has actually used this magnetic mount with an iMac G5. I'm skeptical. Wouldn't that strong magnet pose a threat to the internal hard drive? The iSight user guide warns folks to keep the magnetic mount away from iPods and other devices that could be damaged by a strong magnet.

The Cinema Displays don't contain a hard drive, so it makes sense that they could include a steel plate for the purpose of using a magnetic mount for the iSight. But with the iMac, the internal workings of the computer would be far too vulnerable to the magnetic field.

Until I've seen some official word from Apple saying this mount is designed for use with the iMac G5, I would keep it away.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I say better safe than really really sorry.
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Sep 28, 2004, 05:48 PM
 
I think it would work. and if it messes up your hd all you have to do is reinstall the os and noone has had one of these things more than a week so you wouldn't lose much work.
     
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Sep 29, 2004, 10:11 PM
 
I just got a new 20" iMac and a new iSight and it does indeed work with the magnet. I have had it on top of my computer for the whole day and I see no ill effects from it. I actually think that they setup the top of the computer for the magnetic mount. Works great thus far!!!

     
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Sep 29, 2004, 11:30 PM
 
yep. i've been using the magnetic mount all day. they've obviously built in a spot for it, because it holds very firmly exactly in the middle of the top of the case.
     
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Sep 29, 2004, 11:44 PM
 
Got a pic ????

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yeah
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Sep 30, 2004, 03:37 AM
 
Originally posted by rixter55:
So far, I have not heard from anyone who has actually used this magnetic mount with an iMac G5. I'm skeptical. Wouldn't that strong magnet pose a threat to the internal hard drive? The iSight user guide warns folks to keep the magnetic mount away from iPods and other devices that could be damaged by a strong magnet.

The Cinema Displays don't contain a hard drive, so it makes sense that they could include a steel plate for the purpose of using a magnetic mount for the iSight. But with the iMac, the internal workings of the computer would be far too vulnerable to the magnetic field.

Until I've seen some official word from Apple saying this mount is designed for use with the iMac G5, I would keep it away.

Maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I say better safe than really really sorry.
You are being paranoid. It would take a magnet much, much, much (I'm tempted to use a few more) more powerful than the one used in the iSight mount to cause a problem. The piddlly magnets used in the iSight mount are nothing like the ones used in hard drives; like comparing a 98 lb. weakling to Charles Atlas.
     
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Sep 30, 2004, 06:34 AM
 
For fun:

If you have a dead 3.5" voice coil hard drive, pry it open and remove the magnets.

Inside there are two magnets with approximately 20kg torque pull each.

Oh and whatever you do, don't bring them near a CRT tube ( monitor or TV ) - not if you value your CRT anyways
     
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Sep 30, 2004, 11:33 PM
 
Originally posted by macaddict0001:
yeah
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Not that.. I was expecting a real photo from someone's.

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Oct 1, 2004, 12:50 PM
 
Originally posted by Matt OS X:
Not that.. I was expecting a real photo from someone's.
Actually that is more reliable than a real photo because any moron can slap an isight on an imac but you can trust apple to do it right.
     
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Oct 1, 2004, 04:38 PM
 
Originally posted by macaddict0001:
Actually that is more reliable than a real photo because any moron can slap an isight on an imac but you can trust apple to do it right.
Someone could still steal apple's photo and add magnetic isight on it, too. So, no difference.

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Originally posted by Matt OS X:
Someone could still steal apple's photo and add magnetic isight on it, too. So, no difference.
the photo is entirely valid.
     
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Oct 3, 2004, 01:24 PM
 
Originally posted by GRAFF:
Any need for a special fitting to use iSight on the new G5 iMac?
A similar discussion on the Apple Discussion pages directed my attention to this: http://www.apple.com/imac/software.html

Notice on the right side of the page, it mentions the magnetic mount for iSight in the iMac specifically. Shall we call that official word from Apple?
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Oct 3, 2004, 01:40 PM
 
Just to see how strong this magnet in the case is I dropped a few paper clips on top of my 20" iMac G5. They are very securely fastened to the top of the case. This is plenty strong to hold an iSight.

And there's no reason to worry about the magnet and the close proximity to the hard drive. Think about this: the latches on the PowerBook G4s and all dual USB iBooks all have strong magnets to bring the latch down when the lid is closed. I can't ever recall any problems with hard drives in any of those machines that might suggest damage or loss of data due to the magnet.

Try it... put a few paper clips right above the button to release the lid on an iBook or PowerBook! Its pretty strong!
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Oct 4, 2004, 11:34 PM
 
Originally posted by macaddict0001:
the photo is entirely valid.
iSight on iMac G5 closeup

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Originally posted by TiG4:
iSight on iMac G5 closeup
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Originally posted by Gee4orce:
Or for the same money you can buy one of those Mac Mice Sight Flex things. That's what I'm going to do.

What I want to know, is how do I get the old stick-on holder off my old iMac ?!!?
I just prised my iSight off the back of my old iMac witha knife - the glue had become fairly gelatinous. It stuck back on to the new G5 iMac no problem.
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Originally posted by taldrich:
I just prised my iSight off the back of my old iMac witha knife - the glue had become fairly gelatinous.
*shudder*

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Originally posted by taldrich:
I just prised my iSight off the back of my old iMac witha knife - the glue had become fairly gelatinous. It stuck back on to the new G5 iMac no problem.
*record stratches in background*
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Originally posted by Matt OS X:
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Originally posted by Matt OS X:
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What is "straches" ?

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Think the sound that comes when you grab the arm on the record player and drag it across the record...

Of course I'm guessing since english is only a fourth language for me, but I think I'm pretty close
     
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Originally posted by toti:
Think the sound that comes when you grab the arm on the record player and drag it across the record...

Of course I'm guessing since english is only a fourth language for me, but I think I'm pretty close
whoops for misspelling. I edited it anyway.. English is my 2nd language.

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