There needs to be a middle size iMac

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  1. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    I've been helping my friend configure a new iMac recently, and he said that he wished they still made a 24" iMac. This got me thinking. Back in the day, you would jump from a 20" to a 24", and now it's 21.5" to 27".

    With the former you're going from the smallest size to big, and the latter you are going from normal to massive. A lot of smaller spaces cannot store the 27" iMac, and forces people into the 21.5". The 24" is only a small bit wider and taller than the 21.5, meaning this is not as much of an issue. And also, you don't have to sit as far back.

    I have always gotten the smallest iMac screen size, 17", 20", and 21.5". I would like to move up a bit in the future, but in my small office there is no way I can do a 27". I also prefer the 16:10 ratio.
     
  2. ruslan120 macrumors 6502

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    Why not go with a Mac Mini mounted on a VESA kit + 4K 24" monitor?
     
  3. ScreenSavers macrumors 6502

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    I like the sizes because I love the 16:9 ratio. The iMac is due for some major changes soon I’m thinking though...
     
  4. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

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    I also prefer 16:10. Extending the screen vertically for that on both iMacs to create 24" and 30" models would be brilliant!
     
  5. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I move my machine on a near daily basis so having everything mounted would make that very difficult. I also like having everything all in one, just cleaner. I imagine anyone else looking to buy an iMac would not want to go this route for similar reasons. I asked my friend about Mac Minis, and he brought up a similar issue, and is unwilling to spend the current retail price for the Mini in addition to a screen. I'm not in the market for any new desktops right now.
     
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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  7. ducknalddon macrumors newbie

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    My guess is the 21.5" isn't going to last much longer, I wouldn't be surprised if the next major revision gives us 24", 27" and 32".

    But that might just be wishful thinking.
     
  8. ruslan120 macrumors 6502

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    That’d be nice. I would buy a 24” in the future.

    The education sector depends on the smaller (and cheaper) 21.5”, I think.
     
  9. Ph.D. macrumors 6502

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    More like 24" and 32". Apple isn't going to design and support 3 different versions (have they ever?). These would be approximately the same size as the current models once the bezels are minimized anyway.
     
  10. redheeler macrumors 604

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    I'd be all for expanding the two sizes we have now to 24" and 30" instead of introducing a third size. My old 24" 16:10 from Late 2006 is a good size, a bit wider than the current 21.5" even in spite of the different aspect ratio.

    But Apple wants to make sure the smaller size is small enough to persuade people to get the more-profitable larger size, so we'll see if they'd ever consider doing this. If they do this as well as a redesign, you can count on a big increase in price for both sizes.
    The Late 2006 lineup had three sizes, 17", 20" and the newly-introduced 24". Aluminum version simplified it by dropping the 17".
     
  11. mikehalloran macrumors 65816

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    Has no one noticed that the 21.5” LG UltraFine has been discontinued in favor of this?
    https://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-24MD4KL-B

    Will it make the iMac next month? We’ll know in a few weeks.

    Not holding my breath — feel free to hold yours.
     
  12. ScreenSavers macrumors 6502

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    Yes- the 2006 plastic models as mentioned and the iMac G4 at one time came in 15”, 17”, and 20”.
     

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