Apple finally came through for me. I’ve been impatiently waiting for the new iMacs for at least a year.
So, Tuesday the 7th was a big day for me. I saw at least three others purchasing the new iMacs. I went to the Ridgedale Apple store right after work. I learned something interesting there — the Apple store workers find out about these big Apple announcements when they do. So, they get these shipments and can’t open any of the boxes until after the announcement. This Apple store only had like three new iMacs set up — the rest were the previous generation. So, obviously they were not prepared.
Let me start out describing my experience the same way everyone else has — it’s a beautiful machine. But better yet, it matches my living room/office look. My “entertainment center” is aluminum, my TV and DVD player are silver, my computer desk and corresponding end table are both aluminum and glass, and now so is my computer. Plus, the printer I bought for $10 (after rebate, of course) is silver too. My computer is very near my TV, and it is nearly the same size. I got the 20″, but it seems bigger, probably due to the widescreen.
It came with the little remote, (Front Row may prove to be just as handy as it is visually pleasing), the new anorexic keyboard and a Mighty Mouse, which would be perfect if it were just a bit shorter.
As I told a friend, I believe that a Mac is the best bang for your computer buck, mainly due to iLife. iLife and many of the other built-in features of OS X are miles ahead of anything you can get for around the same price on a Windows machine. Plus, on a Windows machine, you’re dealing with a bunch of different app creators, so everything is different. Although my anti-trust socialist head says OS X is a monopolize ecosystem for the most part, there are of course other solutions you could buy or get for free. But there’s something to be said about getting all your primary apps from the company that made your computer — reliability.
However, I do have some annoyances… (now with updates!)