I have the same machine and struggle to see a need for upgrading unless you’re frequently hitting performance limits currently, in which case an iMac Pro might make more sense. The only reason I could see worth upgrading for is if you still have a spinning HDD or Fusion drive. Beyond that, I doubt the performance bump would noticeable/worthwhile in day-to-day use outside specific/unique circumstances (e.g., high glare contexts that MIGHT warrant a nanotexture display) or your workflows use moderate amounts of multi-core tasks (but not so much to go pro).
Except for the same screen and bezels, very nice upgrades/spec bumps: all-SSD storage choices, 10 Gb ethernet option for $90, 10-core CPU, new graphics processors. I’m tempted to replace my late 2014 Retina iMac, for which I would receive a $530 trade-in allowance. The only downside is the disappointment of the same form factor and 27" screen. I was hoping for a 34" screen and a new look.
Edited - forgot to mention: new 1080p HD FaceTime camera, new mic array and T2 security chip. Even more tempting.
Last Intel iMac, for sure. At least it’s a good update.
MacWorld has an article listing (obvious) reasons why to buy an iMac instead of waiting.
For the last model in the line? No way.
I think you’re probably not going to see larger future iMacs for reasons of diminished portability, increased shipping costs and fragility, and overall cost. Even Microsoft’s Surface Studio has just a 28" monitor. The consumer market for a 34" iMac is tiny, and the cost of high quality monitors meeting Apple’s standards for current iMacs would price the machines out of the market. And it’s easy to add a 2nd monitor.
FYI Ming-Chi Kuo reported that sources in the supply chain said that the first Apple Silicon iMac will be a 24" model. Early this year he said it would come out around the end of the year or beginning of next year, if I remember right. Basically any size 2nd monitor next to a 24" iMac would give you more real estate than a 34" monitor, and be both cheaper than a 34" iMac would be, and be more flexible in choice and use.
My current iMac has a 4.2GHz quad-core i9, 40GB RAM, Radeon 580 Pro (8GB), and a 512 SSD.
I use it for work and routinely ‘hit the wall’ in various ways in various apps… I use Premiere Pro to edit 2.7k60/4k60 footage, Illustrator (which is still mostly single-core-only; but I might switch to Affinity Design soon for the speed increase), Photoshop, Lightroom, After Effects, and some very use-case-specific apps that use all of my CPU…
It never feels extremely slow but my creative process is certainly hampered by having to wait very often for a few seconds at a time instead of being able to just flow through things…
Plus my SSD is small and if I don’t keep at least 100GB free (plus I have a 100GB Windows partition) my computer slows down a lot…
I’ve successfully talked myself into it: I’m upgrading!
LOL! What config are you thinking of getting? Your use case seems like it could warrant an iMac Pro which is a harder choice given it’s getting a bit longer in the tooth but people still seem pretty happy with it, if nothing else for the improved thermal design.
I haven’t seen it in person, but I’m a stickler about screen quality and reflections drive me nuts. Used to work in post as a colorist and was spoiled on very fancy monitors. I’d like to see one in person before purchasing but doubt that’s an option right now.
Reflections drive me bananas but the anti-reflective screen coating Apple started putting on iMacs around 2017 works great as long as there aren’t light sources (lamps, windows) behind me.
I really doubt I’d go for - or recommend - the $500 nano glass option. I’m sure it would lose most of its value at resale, especially since people would likely be reselling years into the Apple Silicon transition and Intel-based machines would have suppressed resale value to being with.
When I look at the Apple web site, the base 27” model doesn’t show up with any storage upgrades above the base 256GB. The other models do show upgrades available for storage. Anyone know anything about this? Am I missing something?
Oh by the way, I got the nano-texture glass… I ordered the same spec as the machine you listed above but went w/ 4TB internal and the ethernet upgrade.
What kind of stuff do you do on your iMac that you’re spec-ing to that level?
This is the most I’ve ever spent on a computer and by far it will be the most powerful computer I’ve ever owned (as in, relative to other options at time of purchase - not relative to my ‘powerful 2004 PC’) …
My delivery window is September 1st-8th… excited! (But a touch nervous about the nano-texture glass since I haven’t seen it in person and I’ve heard some people’s stories of ‘ew it’s blurry and dim’…)