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Chuckmg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently bought 2 new iMacs.  Love them … but hare are a few things I wasn't told  when I bought them that might save you extra trips back to the store.

 

1.  The new Thunderbolt port  is smaller than on the previous iMac so you'll need the adaptor sold separately

 

2.  The wireless Magic Mouse and Trackpad do not both work together.  You will need the wired mouse that comes with the iMac.  I purchased the wireless Magic Mouse.   Neither Apple Care nor the Genius Bar can get them to work together. I am now buying 2 wired Apple mouses/

 

3.  A plug in microphone can not be used. There is no plug-in port. A USB mike is required.

 

4.  There is no internal disk drive.  The Apple USB drive can not be used with a powered USB Hub.  With a limit of 4 USB ports, I am using a Hub … but not with the disk drive.

 

My best wishes to you with your new iMac.

 

ChuckBuing a


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • 1. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,760 points)

    A few comments:

     

    1) The Thunderbolt port is the same size it's always been, and is the same connector as the mini-DisplayPort adapter and hence will use the same monitor adapters. Perhaps you're referring to the mini-DVI port included in iMacs a few models back?

     

    3) Just to avoid possible confusion, Macs haven't included a microphone port in years. Previous iMacs had a line-level input, something which is indeed no longer included on the Late 2012 iMacs.

     

    4) There is certainly an internal drive in iMacs. There is no internal optical drive in the Late 2012 iMacs. I presume that's what you meant, yes?

     

    Regards.

  • 2. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)

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  • 3. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Chuckmg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Varjak,

     

    Thanks for the reply.

     

    a.  You are right, I am wrong, wrt the Thunderbolt slot.  I must have been thinking about the iPhone/iPad connection and the new mini plug.

     

    b. There is an internal optical disk drive on my 1 year old iMac which I still own but not on the latest which I just bought.

     

    c. There is a single pin microphone port next to the headset port on the 1 year old iMac.

     

    Chuck

  • 4. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Chuckmg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Mike,

     

    I admit to being ignorant ... aren't we all.  But as a computer professional with over 50 years of experience (before there were computers ... when the computers at NASA were a roomful of ladies sitting at Frieden Calculators [adding machines with triginometric functions, etc,] )   I've learned a bit.

     

    Obviously you haven't been around long enough to know what you are talking about.

     

    Chuck

  • 5. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Chuckmg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Varjak,

     

    1 thing I forgot:  The single pin microphones I used with the old mac, a Sennheiser & a Shure, no longer work on the  new iMac.

     

    Chuck

  • 6. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,760 points)

    b. Correct. But in your first post you said that there was no internal drive, not that there was no internal optical drive.

     

    c. Again, there hasn't been a microphone input on Macs in years. That input in older Macs is a line-level input and hence only works with self-amplifying mics.

     

    Just for the sake of complete clarity and accuracy.

     

    Regards.

  • 7. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Hi variak paw.

    I see you made no comment on point 2.

    Is it really impossible to use both Trackpad and Magic Mouse toghether on BT ?

    I like to have both connected on my mid 2011 27" (Trackpad for gestures and Mouse for my whife and if I use Photoshop).

    I cannot imagine why they should not work toghether.

    Thanks for your time.

    Walter

  • 8. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Chuckmg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Varjak,

     

    Are you calling me a liar?    As in my reply to which you are replying:

     

    c. There is a single pin microphone port next to the headset port on the 1 year old iMac.

        ... which I used ever since the 2012 iMac came out!!

     

    Chuck

  • 9. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,760 points)

    No, I'm saying that you are mistaken as to what that port is:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-03-04 at 1.42.29 PM.jpg

     

    and if you wish to truly advise other users, you need to be accurate.

     

    Regards.

  • 10. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,760 points)

    I made no comment on point 2 since I don't have both a Magic Trackpad and Magic Mouse and so I can't speak to the issue of my own experience.

     

    Regards.

  • 11. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Bob Novy Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    You replied Well, Chuck!  :-)

  • 12. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    WALTER-MILANO-ITALY Level 4 Level 4 (2,175 points)

    Clear.

    On my iMac 27" mid 2011 they are usually both connected. (The Kb is on USB, I like the extended kb).

    And I have just tested both really work toghether, I mean if you move the cursor with both at the same time they "compete" that is the result movement is the algebrical addidtion of the two movements.  Hope I explained in a clear way.

  • 13. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (8,070 points)

    "There is a single pin microphone port next to the headset port on the 1 year old iMac."

     

    Varjak Paw is right!

    This is not a microphone input, per se, as it is only a "line level" source input, not a "microphone level" input. The sound impedance levels are different.

    That port, while it could be used with microphones that use batteries that supply something called a "phantom power mic level input signal" is designed for more "line level" sound sources like that from standard audio/stereo consumer/prosumer type of audio equipment, some consumer/prosumer keyboards and digital musical instruments and the like.

     

  • 14. Re: Buying a new iMac ... things you should know
    Chuckmg Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Walter,

     

    I whole heartedly agree!  I don't either.  They did on my previous, 1 year old 27* iMac.

     

    As a result, I purchased a new wired mouse and keyboard.  There are no wired Trackpads.

     

    Chuck

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