Buy the 24-inch iMac — or wait for the (rumored) 27-inch model?

The new iMac looks fantastic — and I want a maxed-out blue model. Or do I?

After all, while Apple debuted a 24-inch all-in-one, the rumored 27-inch (or bigger) iMac didn’t appear. This probably means it will arrive in late summer or early fall along with updated MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs.

The 24-inch iMac has a 4.5K Retina display that offers 4480-by-2520 resolution at 218 pixels per inch with support for one billion colors. That compares to 5120 x 2880 resolution with support for one billion colors on the current Intel-based 27-inch iMac. Is that enough to make me wait? Hmmmm.

Also, I was a bit surprised to see the new iMac sporting the M1 processor, as I expected it to sport an upgraded/tweaked version for the first Apple Silicon desktop Mac. On the other hand, my M1 MacBook Pro positively screens with the M1, so that’s probably not a deciding factor for me.

I’m also disappointed that Apple doesn’t make 16GB of RAM the standard on all Macs rather than 8GB. Sure, you can upgrade, but still…

Aw heck, let’s face it: I’ll be ordering a new iMac. 

Will you?

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.

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  • I had my credit card out just in case it was available to order that day. I wasn’t thrilled with the design, but I’ve been dying to get my hands on that chip, so I was all set to buy… and then they gave the specs at the end. I was livid. 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD? That is just a gross display of greed from the most profitable company on the planet. These are the base specs from my wife’s EIGHT YEAR OLD 2013 iMac. Apple storage and memory upgrades are insanely premium cost and they don’t allow DIY, so to get a machine that isn’t a massive embarrassment from the richest company on the planet, the $1499 computer is actually going to be far north of $2000. I expected 512GB at the base level but hoped they would do the right thing and start at 1TB, but no. They’re just as cheap as always. Part of the iPhones success has been the reasonable value. Storage and RAM has grown at a decent clip while prices have fallen, but the iPads and the Macs are doing the opposite. The specs fall or languish and the prices rise. I’m now thinking I’ll max out a Mini and use my own monitor rather than put up with this user abuse.

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