Which iMac is best to buy

Gino Sun Angelo

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I was wondering...should i buy imac 27 inch with basic package for £1750. Which iMac is best to buy at the moment for this year or should I wait for another year? Or two years ?
till those new Mac’s will be released on apple store ? And old ones will be on Amazon only!

What do you think guys??

Let me know anyone what do you think !
 

MandiMac

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Exactly what vertical smile says. Tell us about your planned usage and we can guess. Maybe a Mac mini or an iPad is better suited for you, it all depends what you're gonna use it for!
 

theluggage

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or should I wait for another year? Or two years ?
The iMac is probably overdue for a major overhaul which could happen any time between this spring and two years time (if it doesn't happen by then its probably RIP iMac) but there don't seem to be any credible rumours (e.g. leaked pictures of cases, new model numbers being registered in Westeros...) yet.

Oh, there's that all-glass abomination but (hopefully) that's just some Apple designer patenting their napkin doodles after a liquid lunch. However, if you like the current iMac design maybe you should buy it now...

However, its strongly recommended to avoid the 1TB Fusion drive and fork out the extra for the all-SSD version (and use an external drive/NAS for bulky storage ) or, if you really must, at least get the 2TB Fusion which has a larger SSD cache.
 

Infinite Vortex

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I don't like purchasing new models that are released November through to about March. The reason is the OS version you're forced to use. For instance, the early-2019 iMac runs both Mojave and Catalina without issue. So if you either don't like Catalina as yet, or have 32-bit software that you still need to use, this might be a bigger choice than the same choice a year later as Catalina will have already forced 64-bit.

I'm not a big fan of being forced into using a pre-.3 release of macOS so will avoid it if I can.

So if the usable OS version is important to you buying the current iMac may be a wiser buy even though a newer one might be right around the corner. It comes down to what is important to you.
 

Fishrrman

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OP asks:
"I was wondering...should i buy imac 27 inch with basic package for £1750. Which iMac is best to buy at the moment for this year or should I wait for another year?"

One WITH AN SSD INSIDE.
Not with a fusion drive.

But you MUST order SSDs (in iMacs) through Apple's "build-to-order" page at its website.
They ARE NOT AVAILABLE in stores (not even at Apple Stores).

EXCEPTION:
If you buy from Apple's online refurbished store, they may have stock of iMacs configured with SSDs. But when these show up, they SELL QUICKLY, so you must keep an eye there several times a day and be ready to buy when you see one.

As to whether to "buy now" or not, the old saying applies:
If you NEED now, BUY now.

Do you NEED one right now?
 

spooklog

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I think the existing iMacs, both the 21.5 inch and the 27 inch, have enough horsepower and future-proofing--I personally don't feel a need to wait and see what's going to be released. I don't sense that buying now is a risk of any kind.

I absolutely agree about ordering through Apple to get the SSD instead of the fusion drive.
 
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ApfelKuchen

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Buy a new computer (or car, or clothing, or garden shovel) when you need it. If you think you can afford to wait for two years, you don't need a new computer now. If your current computer isn't meeting your needs, buy one now. Don't worry about the unknowable future, deal with the known present - the use/enjoyment you'll get from that new computer over the next two years.

As to all those, "Get an SSD" comments... Maybe the OP needs 1 TB of internal storage and doesn't have the budget for 1 TB of Flash - he is, after all, asking about the entry-level 27" configuration. Maybe the OP needs the performance of SSD, maybe not. Telling someone to buy something because that's what you'd prefer for yourself, with no regard to that person's needs or budget... not very helpful.

That £1750 model comes with a 1 TB Fusion Drive. Upgrading to 1 TB SSD would add £450 to the price. Maybe that's justifiable/affordable, maybe not. 256 GB SSD would add just £90, and if that's all the storage the OP requires, great. If the OP really needs 1 TB... then he has to spend time and effort managing an external HD along with the internal. If that external is a spinning HDD then it'll have the same long-term reliability risk as an internal spinner.

I've been using a Mac with Fusion Drive since early 2014. I have had a great experience with it. Nearly everyone who says, "Don't get one" has no experience with it. They theorize about what might go wrong with it, but they do not have experience to back up those theories. Or they say, "It's not as good as SSD" as if SSD was the only other option. No, there are three options - slow spinning HDD, fast SSD, and Fusion (hybrid drive). If one has the money, by all means, go all-SSD. It's certainly the best option of the three. But Fusion delivers, to the vast majority of users (there are always exceptions), far better performance than spinning HDD for just a slightly higher price than spinning HDD. It is a great, reliable (yes, reliable) method for improving the performance of a lower-priced computer.
 

Gino Sun Angelo

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Original poster
Jan 7, 2013
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OP asks:
"I was wondering...should i buy imac 27 inch with basic package for £1750. Which iMac is best to buy at the moment for this year or should I wait for another year?"

One WITH AN SSD INSIDE.
Not with a fusion drive.

But you MUST order SSDs (in iMacs) through Apple's "build-to-order" page at its website.
They ARE NOT AVAILABLE in stores (not even at Apple Stores).

EXCEPTION:
If you buy from Apple's online refurbished store, they may have stock of iMacs configured with SSDs. But when these show up, they SELL QUICKLY, so you must keep an eye there several times a day and be ready to buy when you see one.

As to whether to "buy now" or not, the old saying applies:
If you NEED now, BUY now.

Do you NEED one right now?
Thank you for letting me know!!