What are the chances of getting previous model iMac when Apple releases new iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ahostmadsen, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. ahostmadsen macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    I'm perfectly happy with the current iMac design, but I want one with the latest CPUs. So, my hope is that Apple soon releases an updated iMac with new processors keeping the prices the same. My worry, though, is looking at the MacBook Pro that Apple will release a new design (which is good) with drastically increased prices (which is not good). If that happens, I'm thinking of buying the current model.

    So, when Apple releases new iMacs, what are the chances that there is still stock of the old model? The tricky thing is that the model of the current iMac I would like is a custom option. Would I be able to order that after Apple releases new models?
  2. bodonnell202 macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2016
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    I doubt there will be any changes to the design of the iMac when they are next updated. We will likely just see an update to Skylake and/or Kaby Lake processors and updated GPUs on the iMac 5K (likely new AMD Polaris based GPUs). When the new models are released while you will still be able to find the previous model in stock configurations at many retailers, only the new models will be available online in custom configurations. You may be able to get a refurbished model with the options you want though...
  3. ahostmadsen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    That is what I hope for -- with no price increase. If they increase prices $500-1000, it's out of my budget (didn't technology use to get cheaper with time?). So, I can take the risk and wait, or buy a new iMac now. My 2011 iMac just broke.
  4. Firebrand macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2016
    Be smarth though not to create your own price increase.

    Now perhaps is the perfect moment to reflect at how much power you REALLY required in the past. And examine your future requirements (not desires) wisely. Be honest. And especially: be happy with any choice you ultimately make! Whether it ’ll be e.g. a middle-end model or even entry-level model but with that extra piece of RAM / SSD, or something entirely else, refurbished or not...

    Sorry to hear your iMac 2011 broke.
    You could also try to bridge the gap between your late iMac and new one with a low-cost iPad or other bargain while your saving.

    Future iMac’s will be slightly more expensive, I bet. (also unsure about future RAM replacement)
  5. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    There will probably be available refurb'd late 2015 iMacs at Apple.com which is great way to buy an iMac and save a fair amount of money over the new units. And there are many custom versions available that have the 4.0 QCPU along with SSD. I managed to snag a 27" iMac with m395, 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD and saved about $500.
  6. ahostmadsen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    Yes, that might be a possibility. Basically, I want the i7 CPU, but I don't need the faster graphics (I guess you can always add more RAM yourself). You can only get the i7 through custom order.
  7. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    The advantage of the m395 GPU is that it stays very cool. Even after several hours of use my iMac is very cool to the touch. RAM on the 27" is very easy to install.

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