iMac Last Updated 602 Days Ago, Longest Span Ever Between Updates

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As noted in the MacRumors Buyer's Guide and discussed in the MacRumors forums, it has now been 602 days since Apple last updated its iMac lineup, a new record for the longest span between iMac refreshes ever. The previous record was 601 days between October 2015 and June 2017 refreshes.


In fairness, the iMac Pro was released in December 2017, but standard 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMac models have not been updated in over a year and a half. Since the original iMac launched in 1998, the computer has typically been updated at least once per year, with the sole exceptions being 2016 and 2018.

The iMac is not alone. The 12-inch MacBook and Mac Pro have also set record-long spans of 602 days and 1,866 days and counting respectively since their last refreshes. Apple has at least promised to release an all-new Mac Pro with a "modular" design at some point in 2019, but has yet to share additional details.

As for the iMac and MacBook, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple was likely to debut refreshed models at its October 2018 event, but only the MacBook Air and Mac mini were updated. Kuo expects both the iMac and MacBook lines to receive faster processors, and the iMac to receive "significant" display improvements.

Apple has hosted a March event in three out of the past four years, so perhaps we'll see new iMacs and MacBooks at a March 2019 event. Other items on the agenda could include new iPad and iPad mini models, a new iPod touch, new AirPods, and the long-awaited AirPower mat if production rumors were true.

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Skeptical.me

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I wish they had released the new models late last year when a power surge blew out my 2015 iMac and I got the insurance to purchase a new 27" 5K. Oh, well.
 

Nunyabinez

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Let's get everyone fired up about it.

Apple is a mobile computing/consumer products company. iMac is fine for 602 days...
I'm sorry but I don't want to pay the today price for 602 day old technology. You are right that most people probably don't need more power, but you have to be foolish to pay the same price to purchase today for a two year-old machine.
 

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Apple stopped being a computer company A LONG TIME AGO. Remember when that overrated salesman/neglectful father Steve Jobs dropped "Computer" from Apple Computer? He depreciated Final Cut, Aperture, iMovie, Pages. Tim Cook and Sir Jony Ive are merely fulfilling Steve Jobs's vision. But most people have long known that if you want a REAL computer to do REAL work, nothing beats a Windows PC. Having a device with the Apple logo no longer carries social currency. As I have long known being the smart cookie that I am, the iPod would usher in the death of Apple. One time, Apple sorta kinda maybe made good computer-like things. Now it's nothing more than Fisher-Price.
 
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Analog Kid

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I’ve noticed MR posting more of these red meat articles lately... I used to hope they'd act as a safe space for the whiners and complainers to send sarcastic love notes to Tim Cook and rehearse their litany of grievances.

Now I'm realizing they act more like a pep rally, getting everyone fired up to go out into all the other threads to set bonfires and overturn cars...

...but that complicates negative headlines both about not having a new iMac and not having a new Mac Pro.​
 
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I had the higher end 2017 iMac at work before I changed jobs and that was a really nice machine that I miss greatly. Right now I'm waiting to see how the new desktops shake out this year before I upgrade. I've decided that I don't really need a MBP any more and am going for maximum performance per dollar and longevity so it all depends on the price and upgradability. I'd go for the Mac Pro if I can upgrade nearly everything on it unless the price of that with an external Apple display is going to be crazy expensive. I'd go for the iMac Pro if they update it and I can get a really fast GPU in it but without user-upgradable RAM it's kinda pricey. I'd go for the 5K iMac if the top-end CPU and GPU are decent and you can still upgrade the RAM without a massive price increase like all their other recent products. Otherwise I just want 32GB RAM and 1TB NVME SSD minimum. Would prefer to not spend more than $5000 if I can help it.
 
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HJM.NL

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I'm sorry but I don't want to pay the today price for 602 day old technology. You are right that most people probably don't need more power, but you have to be foolish to pay the same price to purchase today for a two year-old machine.
For a company that’s making computers, it’s an embarrassment. What’s more as an embarrassment is telling the press that the Mac is very important to us (Tim Cook). It’s an outright lie. Pull the plug on your computers and get it out of their misery or take it seriously mr Cook and accept less profits.
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You mean the RIP mode.
 
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