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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 20, 2012
Should someone be worried if they have a current iMac with 32GB of ram and the new iMac can only have 16GB of ram? I do a lot of video editing and graphic design. I realize the new M1 chips are a lot different than intel chips so maybe that's why less ram would be okay. Any thoughts on this subject?


macrumors 68030
Apr 10, 2006
Ellicott City, MD
Everyone’s editing workflow and capacity is different, of course. My wife uses da Vinci resolve for the little bit of video editing she does for her job. Rendering is faster on an 8GB M1 MacBook Air than it is on an i9 16” MacBook Pro with 32GB. Of course YMMV.


macrumors G3
Mar 19, 2008
This machine released today is really only the 21" iMac replacement.

I wouldn't move to it from a 27" Intel iMac, particularly if yours is specced up a bit.

This new 24" M1 iMac is very much a lifestyle product play.


Sep 2, 2020
Really depends on your use case. Graphics editing is mostly single threaded so the M1 shines there. M1’s also very good for anything video related between FCP and resolve.

I have a 16GB M1 and run a lot of 2D, 3D and video apps and everything runs great.

Still, it is an entry level system and the new iMac Pro will be pretty darn incredible.

I'm waiting on a maxed out Intel iMac for things that require a lot of GPU (internal 16GB 5700xt + 8GB Vega56 egpu) but for day to day stuff, and anything 2D/video my M1 mini will still be my 'main' computer until at least an M2 equivalent, ideally a discrete Apple GPU, Mini-LED 6K display, etc.

These are the main apps I use:

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macrumors regular
Mar 11, 2021
If you're happy with your current workflow right now and do not see any issues, I would wait for the "Pro" upgrade.
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