Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 7:45 PM (in response to Quainton)
The new iMac will certainly work for what you are after, just make sure you get the right processor and enough RAM in the beginning.
Also, it's not quite as thin as people think it is. There is some trickery involved in the images on the Apple website - with every image only showing a leading edge and nothing else. The back of the unit bulges out like the current iMacs and isn't actually much thinner in that regard.
Overall I would call them more 'chiselled' rather than 'thinner'...unless of course you're just looking at the edge
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 11:22 PM (in response to Quainton)
I'd suggest that the thinness has greater potential for being more easily damaged. Apart from the fact that students tend to be more casual about handling things (not judging you ), the nature of the build suggests that repairs will be costly as more components are jammed into less space. And horror upon horror ... NO DVD.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 3:13 AM (in response to Quainton)
Essentially, the machine would be used for editing/rendering of video formats
Bear in mind that the new iMacs do not have an optical drive, nor any software for burning DVDs.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 5:00 AM (in response to Quainton)
The new iMacs look like they'll be just as good at performing your tasks as the current (largely unavailable) iMacs. The one caveat is the lack of an optical drive. That doesn't affect me since the video I produce goes from computer to server for streaming but if you intend to make DVDs you'll need an external burner.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 11:11 AM (in response to seventy one)
And horror upon horror ... NO DVD.
Surprisingly this is one of the reasons i was looking into purchasing this model. For a few years i havent used my Optical drive as i usually burn to external HDD or to my Cloud server.
Regarind the damage costs, would there be any reason to believe that due to nature of new model/design and as you said increased vulnerability to damage there would be an increase to the already expensive apple care?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 11:25 AM (in response to Quainton)
Until we get our hands on there there is no reason to say one way or the other about how vulnerable the new iMacs will be to damage or more expensive to repair.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 19, 2012 11:41 AM (in response to Quainton)
Without actual access and previous experience, it is difficult to confirm. The new Mac is not yet released, but it's not unreasonable to assume that access to its' components will be restricted and replacing them so much more difficult.
Hence it will be more costly.
Yes, you will have dyed in the wool followers that will call 'rubbish' ... but mark my words, in 12 months time the attitude will be very different.