Please Apple Offer a 24" iMac Next Year

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Crosscreek, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. Crosscreek macrumors 68030

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    I've been waiting for a new iMac with Skylake with the new porting (TB3 and USB Type C) so I can retire my 2012 Mac Mini to server duties.

    So the Skylake iMac shows up without new porting and although disappointed I can live with my Mini another few months to wait for what I want.

    In the mean time when Best Buy offered $150 off the base 27" iMac I thought it was a good time to check out a 27" and see how I liked it and then return it after the holidays.

    I can say overall I love this machine and will be adding a SSD and buying some RAM. It's going to be sweet but this huge 27" display is just to big and the 21" is just to small.

    I'm sure there are others out there that feel the same way so I say PLEASE Apple give me a 24" iMac.
     
  2. brofkand macrumors member

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    I guess I just don't see the problem with the larger display. I want as big a display as I can get. I can understand if the 27" iMac is too large for your furniture I suppose.

    You don't have to maximize all your apps so they utilize the full 27" display. I typically don't.
     
  3. desmond2046 macrumors regular

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    I feel that the 21.5 inch is the perfect size for my office and 27 inch is the perfect size for my home :)
     
  4. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, it sort of overwhelms the room even with a 60" TV in it. I'm use to having a 24 and the 27 is tall compared to it. Maybe I'll get use to it.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Why do you want these ports?? Are you going to run a 5K screen or and external GPU?? Do you have a lot of USB C peripherals??? These are the only reasons to care one whit about new ports if that doesn't apply to you they mean nothing.
     
  6. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Just for future proofing. I'm retired and this machine will have to last a long time so I prefer everything up to date. I have considered and looked at external GPUs and may consider adding one to also help with future proofing.

    I have learned as an engineer over the years to keep my options open.
     
  7. benjai macrumors member

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    I doubt they will go back to 24" for a while. Back then they had 20" and 24" which made sense. 21.5" and 24" makes none. So unless perhaps a 24" replaces the 21.5" and we get something like a 29" big one, then I don't see the 24" appearing anytime soon.

    If it's any consolation, I moved up from a 24" to the 27" worrying that it would be far too big but actually am really happy with it. Got used to it really quick. We put it on a small desk and it's just as neat and tidy.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm rocking with a 24" ACD right now, and while the 4k displays are gorgeous, I keep thinking that it looks rather small as my eyes are so used to the larger form factor. I have to say, given the 4k 21" and 5k 27" I highly doubt apple will roll out a 24" model. With that said they do have a 11", 12", 13", and 15" laptops in their lineup so you can't say never.
     
  9. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    With the 21.5" there is no point at all in them releasing one just 3.5" bigger.
     
  10. Fdefulvio macrumors newbie

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    I didn't have any USB 3.0 devices when I bought my last PC with USB 2.0 ports, but I certainly do now. If you are promoting a new standard, USB-C, then you should start incorporating it in all your models. The next update will most certainly have that. When you are dealing with a sealed unit, ports are your only option for any future enhancements.
     
  11. benjai macrumors member

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    Fail in maths....
     
  12. Icaras macrumors 603

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    You've gotta tell Apple directly and this is the best way:

    http://www.apple.com/feedback/imac.html

    I tell this to everyone: do not underestimate this product feedback form! Let them know :)
     
  13. zhaoxin macrumors regular

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    I think you should buy an macbook pro 15.4 and a 24" 4K display if it is not the price issue. I don't think Apple will release an 24" iMac again as there was one but cut since 2009.

    Before 2009, iMacs were 20" and 24". In 2009 and after, they were replaced by 21.5" and 27".
     
  14. chrisrosemusic1 macrumors 6502a

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    I have been used to 13" MacBooks for a while but decided to get myself a Windows machine with some grunt for heavier music stuff and gaming. Went with a 27" display and at first I thought it looked 'too' big but after a week, god that Mac screen feels tiny. 27 is perfect for everything I do, and I think once you adjust it's a sound choice over the 21" model.
     
  15. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    I think you'll get used to it. I went from a 15" MacBook Pro (non-retina, with a secondary 21" display that I didn't use most of the time) to the 27" 5K iMac. Previously I had felt that the 15" screen was spacious enough, and for the first few days I worried that the 27" really was too big. I think it was around the two-week mark of ownership that I felt 27" was a good size and stopped worrying about whether it had been too large. I feel that I appreciate it more with each day. Now whenever I return to my laptop I find myself feeling that it's tiny and cramped, and the lack of the retina screen is also noticeable.
     
  16. Crosscreek thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I did try this in 2012 and wasn't really happy with a clam shelled MBP. Thats when I bought the quad core Mini. Since Apple has neutered the Mini s my only choice is the iMac if I want to stay with OS X.

    I going on my second week now so I'll see if this size grows on me. I'm still a little skeptical but I have scaled back the display a notch which has increase the size of every thing and it doesn't appear as overwhelming and the added fact that these tired old eyes can see much better.
     
  17. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    True but currently USB C offers nothing that USB A and thunderbolt don't give you apart from the need for adapters for all your current stuff and a very small number of new peripherals providing no performance increase. It won't be a must have port for at leat 4-5 years.
     
  18. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    Haha. Blame a newborn baby and no sleep!
     
  19. JohnSFO macrumors regular

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    I went from a 24" to a 27" iMac and the measurement from the top of the screen to the bottom is identical. Apple just stretched the screen from side to side. It made for an easy transition for me because I see the same amount of webpage, document, iTunes window, etc. as before (but now with more desktop picture on each side. The dock is a little further away, but that is fine. I never do full page view because it usually results in a lot of of wasted white space.
     
  20. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    There is absolutely no indication that Apple will go back to the 24". They just went retina with these two sizes so it would be a huge manufacturing change for them to do it. So it's kind of a waste of time to even talk about. Same with the ports. TB3 won't bring target display mode and TB2 can run any peripheral at any speed you can conceviably need for the lifespan of the computer.
     
  21. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    With the exception of 5K external screens and eGPU's I agree with you there,
     
  22. hifimacianer macrumors member

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    I think Apple will shrink the bezels of the iMacs with the next updates to a minimum.
    So they will actually be smaller while keeping the screen size.
     
  23. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    The 24" iMac (as a standalone model "above" the 21") isn't coming back.

    We might see the size of the 21" increase -- up to 22", or 23", maybe even to 24" someday.
    But at the same time, we may see the current 27" model "grow", as well.

    It could be time for a 30" or 32" iMac...
     
  24. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a

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    Well, apple isn't in the business of selling eGPUs and the reality of an eGPU compared with someone's fantasy is that they simply aren't (and won't be) worth it. You'll see an improved GPU in next year's model (I would hesitate to predict what) and an eGPU is too cost prohibitive for any sane person. The current iMac supports external 5K already (using both Thunderbolt ports) but again is too cost prohibitive for the majority of iMac users. And the other fraction don't want a second 5K monitor. I do agree that if we see a design change, the bezel will disappear or perhaps the screen size might creep outwards at some point. But don't plan on any of that.
     

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