Forum Question: New iMacs


About the new iMacs… quad core?!?! Sounds great, but who would best make use of one? In other words, how would most people know which iMac would best suit their needs?

Seems the quad is more for people into gaming, watching high def movies, or making movies or really into serious photo editing. But, for those who only do a decent amount of photo editing, making DVDs (but we’re not talking pro here), and have a decent amount of apps (but probably nothing more intensive than Photoshop Elements), would the duo core 4GB be plenty?

(Not that I’m lucky enough to be in the market, but oh, I can dream… )

— Michelle

Comments: 5 Responses to “New iMacs”

    10/21/09 @ 7:57 am

    Quad-core simply gives you more power. It could come in useful if you edit video a lot — even just home video. Or, if you are running multiple applications. Or, if you need to run Parallels/VMWare — giving 2 cores to Windows and 2 cores to Mac.
    And think about how long before the Mac is obsolete, too. Could a quad-core give you another year of life from an iMac that would have gone obsolete if it was only a dual-core? I’ve got a Mac mini core solo that isn’t that useful, but it would still be doing things today if I had paid $100 more for a core duo when I bought it.

    10/21/09 @ 3:59 pm

    Gary, in this ep you state that the new iMac LCD displays have a wider viewing angle. These iMacs in fact have LED displays which might explain.

      10/21/09 @ 4:02 pm

      They are LCD displays. LED is the technology used in backlighting the LCD display.

    10/21/09 @ 5:35 pm


    It does make sense. My inner geek loves the idea of more power, faster processing. Was just seeing if that little voice was correct.

    Video editing? Not so much. Photo editing is a whole different matter. I’m also one of those people who have several smaller apps open at once, flipping between screens in Spaces.


    Mac Matte
    7/29/10 @ 11:28 am

    It’s a big disappointment that Apple did not bring back the matte, anti-glare screen, in spite of a substantial minority of people needing such screens for the work, or for those who are susceptible to eyestrain from the glare. All those who need matte screens need to add to the growing petition at – the aim is for a hardcopy of that petition to be sent to Steve Jobs, so please contribute to the 1,000+ petition.

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