I had dreamed that this day would come 3 years ago in my iMac 24″ = Mac Semi-Pro post. I think we now have a true Mac Semi-Pro.
I’ve been working for the past few years on a 20″ iMac (white) paired with a 20″ monitor. Together, its 1680×1050 x 2, or 3360 x 1050. Apple just came out with a new 27″ iMac that is 2560×1440. That’s about 5% bigger than my current setup, which is amazing. It is not quite as large as a 30″ Cinema Display, but it is almost there.
Previously I was looking at purchasing a Mac Pro (quad or octo) and a 30″ Cinema Display, but it just seemed like a lot of money ($4,000+) considering how fast tech improves nowadays. Now, the 27″ iMac is starting to push into that configuration for around half the price:
Quad-Core. Previously, iMacs were only available as Dual-Core.
4 RAM Slots for up to 16GB of RAM. Previously, iMacs were limited to 8GB (and a pricey 8GB at that due to the price of 4GB chips.) My current iMac is limited to a measly 3GB. Adding 8GB as a Built-To-Order option on the new 27″ iMac seems to run only $200.
Probably the big thing you give up on the iMac is the ability to service it yourself, the ability to add drives internally, and the option of a matte screen on the 30″ Cinema Display. But I think come November, I’ll be getting one of the new 27″ iMacs and adjusting my office lighting to maximize the massive glossy screen.
I’m drooling over the next version of Webnote Happy! Please get it out, working with Netnewswire, ASAP!