Call me crazy, but I still have the default 256 MB of RAM my iBook came with. Haven't bothered upgrading and you know what? I don't feel like I need to. Beyond simple surfing and emailing, I run Garage Band, XCode, couple simple games. Most of my RAM usage is used by the OS cache.
I ordered mine back before then (1.8GHz, 20", 512MB on one stick, AirPort, Bluetooth set, 160GB drive, SuperDrive) and it was even placed in the priority batch from my account rep....not only has mine shipped later, but it appears to be going on vacation before it arrives!
@ j2603 and Ricky I have also noticed that...anybody have a possible explanation for why? I'll take a semi-educated guess at it though. Could it be that perhaps there are two different controllers in the machine...wait I've lost myself, actually I dont know what I'm talking about but if I had to guess I'd point my finger at the presence of the two different types of controllers but take it for what its worth, and thats not very much considering I have no facts to back it up :/
I do plan on purchasing an second 512MB stick. This was a tough call. I had thought about purchasing a 1GB stick, but according to Apple, though adding the RAM in a single pair isn't required on the iMac, it should increase performance over mismatched RAM.
I picked up my iMac G5 last week. I'm using the wired keyboard and a 2-button scroll wheel mouse (can't hang with the 1 button thang). After upgrading to 2GB RAM I'm loving this machine! It's quite speedy with everything I've done with it so far (Q3A, Nanosaur 2, Photoshop RAW file editing, XCode development & building, web surfing, etc.), and the humonstrous 20" screen just rules! The new iMac is great for what I need and I'm happy I bought it.
I got my iMac! Beautiful machine! I absolutely love it! Probably even prefer it over the PowerMac right now, just because its just so nice to look at!
Now, everyone go out and buy them...right now!!
You know why?
I got the lemon!
Video and audio glitches right out of the box and I've already been forwarded through 5 different specialists at Apple, with my findings going to engineering. They said they may just send out parts, but I kinda don't like that idea on a brand new machine, considering they aren't sure which part it is yet! lol
With that said, mine is the exception, I haven't heard of others with issues yet and the machine really is just amazing! I'd still recommend it to anyone, especially after we had a parade of people that just happened to be walking past my office for the first time ever yesterday!
Call them again and hassle them. I had a friend who had to wait 4 months to get his broken iBook fixed. That's in the UK so perhaps Apple in the US might be better. You really do need to b*tch and moan to them and they'll finally come round to replacing your stuff.
I am thrilled with my new G5 20" iMac! The display is a thing of raw, brilliant beauty....in fact, I've had to use the display control panel to dim the display soas to use it without needing sunscreen!
The single biggest WoW was the utility Apple included to update from a previous Mac. After booting the iMac and doing the typical what country, what language stuff, it asked me if I had a Mac I would like to upgrade from....I clicked yeah, and connect to my other Mac (using Target Disk Firewire Mode) and inside of 30 minutes, I was up and running with my new computer, just as if I was on my old computer! Bookmarks, email, address book entries, documents, iTunes, iPhoto, even Browser History! were all there. There aren't enough words to describe how RIGHT this felt to ease of use ::love:: .
The iMac itself is quiet....virtually as quiet as my G3 iBook 12"
I got the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and the tactile experience of the keyboard is second to none in my experience.
I've been a Mac owner user since 1993, with Macs dating back to the Mac II, and I've never been disapointed with the products Apple produces. And yet, here I am, Blown Away, by a company that never ceases to blow me away. You'd think I'd have jaded a bit to this level of functionality and use, yet, Apple continues to exceed my expectations, again and again.
This iMac was purchased to replace a G4 Dual 1 gig MDD, that had 1.25 gig ram and benchmarked with XBench at 136 overall score. This iMac XBenched a respectable 153, with only 512 mb of ram on 1 dimm, so not even taking advantage of 128 bit addressing.
This is a fine, capable computer. I could recommend it to anyone but the most demanding power user.
Finally went and got mine yesterday. Ended up breaking down and buying the 20". It's *fantastic*! So far I love this machine, it seems perfect for what I need to do at home. The screen is unbelievable (I have a 20" Cinema at work, this just seems even better to me for some reason), and the styling's even nicer than I thought it would be.
The only complaint/concern I guess I have so far is that the entire system seems to get REALLY sluggish if the disk's active (even doing things that wouldn't require disk access, and I know no paging is going on that would be slowing the app down that's not doing the disk access), something I haven't noticed with the G5 or G4 towers. The disk also seems quite a bit slower than I've seen with other systems (I was getting about 15MB/s when writing).
Being serial ATA I expected the drive to be pretty fast, but when I had the case open to put in more memory, I noticed that the drive gets *hot*, maybe just because of the compactness of the case. Is it possible that they do some limiting on speed or have 5400RPM drives in this thing to try to keep temperature down? I didn't even think to look while I had the back off.
I'd say though, Apple's put together quite a machine. It's something that I can imagine having much more success than the previous iMac generation, from the home to the business, just because of the screen, the price, and the styling.