5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 9:02 PM by Ziatron
kay9pee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm considering upgrading from my 20 inch Early 2008 2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3 GB RAM to the recently introduced iMac. I have 2 general questions. Will there be a significant speed increase (particularly when using iPhoto) ? And, will it be a hassle to reconnect peripherals such as printers and external hard drives?


  • 1. Re: Upgrade to new iMac
    UKoC Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)

    There will be a speed increase so long as you get one with better specs than the one you have now. Make sure you get a better processor and add some more RAM and it will be lightning fast.


    There should be no issue connecting any other devices as long as they are compatible with the OS on the new iMacs - Mountain Lion. The new iMac has the same USB, Ethernet ports etc.



  • 2. Re: Upgrade to new iMac
    Donald Worrell Level 4 Level 4 (1,785 points)

    As an example.  My wifes imac has about 12,000 photos on it.  iphoto was slow opening on an imac 2007 model.   I upgraded about a year ago to a new imac and iphoto pops open.  You will notice a big difference for iphoto.


    If you hve a really old printer, then you need to look it up to see if it is compatible.   I bought a new printer with the imac and did not have to instal any software.  I just turned the imac on.  Then turned the printer on and the imac new it was there and started using it.

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    dwb Level 7 Level 7 (20,200 points)

    The new i5 and i7 processors are significantly faster than the Core 2 Duo CPUs and the data bus is also significantly faster. You'll notice a speed increase. The new iMac has USB but not Firewire, you'll need a ThunderBolt<->FireWire dongle if you have any FW devices. If you aren't using Mt Lion on your present computer check the manufacturer's website for printer drivers to see if the printer is compatible.


    For what its worth, when I bought my MacBook Air last winter I used migration assistant to transfer my programs and data. (Both the old and new computers were running Lion.) All I had to do was set up my printer and scanner (25 seconds) and the move was complete. Note that my old computer was running the current OS and all my software was already compatible. Depending on what OS your current computer is running your experience may be similar or different.

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    baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (60,115 points)

    Along the same lines as dwb's comments, see Pondini's Setup New Mac guide for what to watch for. Using the Setup Assistant is the simplest way to migrate.

  • 5. Re: Upgrade to new iMac
    Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,265 points)

    will it be a hassle to reconnect peripherals such as printers and external hard drives?


    You may like a Mac Pro better.  All of the above is MUCH easier with a Mac Pro.