2019 27inch 5K iMac longevity

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 88HaroDude, Jun 12, 2019 at 5:06 PM.

  1. 88HaroDude macrumors newbie


    Bentonville, AR
    Hello all, I'm thinking about buying a 2019 27inch 5k iMac with the i9 chip, Radeon Pro Vega 48 with 8GB of HBM2 memory, and the 512GB SSD storage. I'll stick with the 8gb of ram and will order a 32gb kit when I order the Mac.

    My question/concern is this. Does anyone have any insight/thoughts on how long this configuration will be viable for the os upgrades? I'd like to get at least five years out of the machine before I have to buy new just to be able to keep current with the new os.

    I don't know if anyone has keep enough data to theorize how long a 'model' will last before it becomes obsolete to the new os.

    I've been an Apple user since my Dad brought home the Apple II, and i've tried the hackintosh route, but I'm finding that I just don't have the time and patience to deal with it anymore.

    I mainly run the household financials, communications from teachers, and play World Of Warcraft.
    I know the i9 and the Pro Vega 48 would be overkill, but I just wanted to get the best of what I could at the time.

    Any thoughts, funnies, or suggestions will be appreciated.

    PS. I wanted to get on-board with the MacPro and it's upgradability, but I'm not enough of a 'prosumer' to sail that boat, but for the true Pro's I think its a really cool machine.

    PSS. How much cheese can a MacPro grate, if a MacPro could grate cheese?

  2. codernova macrumors member


    May 13, 2019
    I bought your exact spec machine very recently. I'm using it for light gaming, Logic Pro, and general computing. I anticipate it'll last me at least 7 years.

    Historically for Apple that seems like a reasonable expectation.
  3. PBMB macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2015
    My only worry is about the absence of the T2 chip from the 2019 iMacs. Apple may suddenly choose to drop OS support for machines that do not have a T-series chip invoking security concerns.
  4. Mikael H macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2014
    It might happen but it would surprise me greatly if they didn’t support the last T2-less system for at least five years, which means at least another year or two after that of relevant security updates.

    The people at Apple are less afraid than other PC OS makers to leave old stuff behind, but it’s not my experience that they’ll leave people stranded on purpose within a reasonable computer lifetime.
  5. PBMB macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2015
    I hope so because I ordered a new iMac as well. :D I expect to have at least seven years of good use, if the hardware does not fail.
  6. RUGERMAN macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2010
    I don't know why folks are worried about longevity, my iMac is a late 2009 and Mojave is the 1st os not to run, So I have gotten 10 good years and counting.
  7. PBMB macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2015
    Because it is of concern. I had a Macbook late 2007, initially under Leopard (10.5). The last Mac OS X version it could run was Lion (10.7). So, regarding full OS support it had less than five years. The iMacs are maybe a different case.

    Good to know! :)
  8. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    Oh yeah, you will easily get at least 5 years. Probably a lot more. The last iMac I had before I purchased the 2019 iMac was 5 years old and it would have gone much longer. Resale value is good too. I sold it for $1K
  9. wardie macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2008
    Yup I actually bought a 2009 iMac 27” recently for my kids to use, upgraded to SSD, more memory, High Sierra. Runs nice. No USB3 though. I have have a old-cheese MacPro3.1 and kept that going for a while by changing GPU, blade SSDs etc USB£ card etc.

    My main concern with any macs right now would be if Apple switch to non-intel CPUs that would be a big shift, and if history is right, one they would push quickly. I think it was about 3 years between launch of intel macs and Snow Leopard release which was intel only albeit with rosetta support for a bit...
  10. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    First off, it seems your new, so welcome! Always good to see an Arkansan here! I spent many wonderful years in Fayetteville attending the UA! Go Hogs!

    Anyway, considering your stated usage... this machine will be good to go for a decade! I've got a 2009 13 inch MBP that still holds it's own... a 2013 iMac that slices and dices footage in Adobe Premiere, and a 2015 15 inch MBP that handles all my video and photo editing needs. As a professional photographer and videographer - the later two machines I mentioned MORE than take care of my needs.

  11. mrvo macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2018
    Stop fussing about the T2 and macOS ... They’ll run into lawsuits if they restrict updates that way.
  12. ilyasdesign37 macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2014
  13. fathergll macrumors 65816

    Sep 3, 2014
    Unless there is some kind of breakthrough in tech this should theoretically be very decent for that use until roughly 2028 give or take
  14. 88HaroDude thread starter macrumors newbie


    Bentonville, AR
    Funny, I am actually using a Hackintosh right now that I built.
    But little things don't work and it's slow to wake up from sleep, just enough to piss the wife off.
    I built a 3-4K Apple equivalent for about 1.6K.
    I have a old cheesgrater case that I might mess around with, but I just want something that works guaranteed.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 14, 2019 at 10:20 AM ---
    Thank you everyone for your inputs, thoughts and suggestions.
    I've been reading on this site for years, but never joined.
    Thank you for your warm welcomes.

    BTW, my profile pic is an actual shot that I took from inside the Goodyear Blimp.

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