Yet another buy an IMAC now or wait for the refresh

Discussion in 'iMac' started by twssas, Dec 22, 2016.

  1. twssas macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2015
    Here is my situation:
    Currently have a early 24 inch 2009 Imac, and obviously it is now very long in the tooth. It is still functioning, but with the beach balls becoming more and more frequent.

    I have about 250gb in storage on the machine (1 tb capacity), and it is mostly photos and music.

    My plan is/was to purchase a 2015 Imac with 512 ssd (I think that should be enough), upgrade the ram later as needed. Primary uses are photo editing, music, and the machine is used to backup 2 iphones, and 2 ipads as well. I prefer to have everything backed up locally as opposed to using the cloud. I have a time capsule that I use to back up my current machine.

    Now, I am probably over thinking this, BUT, I do have a tendency to keep my computers 6-7 years (eg. still have an aluminum macbook), and here is my concern if I buy now:

    Understanding no one knows what or when Apple is going to update the Imacs, I am assuming they will be at minimum going to the USB-c type port, as well as removing ethernet, etc. I guess my biggest hesitation is with the question about the USB ports.

    Current machines are sold with the standard USB-a ports, which most of all our accesories match. In looking way ahead in the future, and lets say I purchase a new maching now (which I would like to), which will havea USB-a port, and then lets say I get a iphone 8 which maybe will have a USB-c plug, or a future Ipad with a c plug, then what?

    I have been scouring the internet last couple of days, trying to see if there was such a thing as a male a plug transistion to a c plug female. I did find a couple, but the discussing was that USB-c protocol will not accept such a routing c to a to machine, and perhaps if using it could damage components of the computer.

    So, again, I may be overthinking all this, but I am just trying to look ahead, and not box myself in, but on the other hand, I like the current offering of the Imac, and for my needs, I cant see upgrading of gpu, cpu, etc, helping me much than what the current model offers.

    Hope this is clear as mud, and appreciate any comments. Thanks!
  2. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    If you can hold off for a few months there are rumblings of new iMacs coming early 2017.
  3. sboychuck macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    Well, I replied in another thread to a similar question and I went and pulled the trigger and got a current version. At this point, I do not want to have to get a bunch of adapters to hook up to the next iMac. I like the Ethernet port as well. I think we all have a pretty good guess that the next iMac will go the way of the new MacBook Pro and its ports. Yes, it may have a better GPU and a little faster CPU, but for the majority of us, we will never need that type of power for what we are doing. Chasing and waiting for the next best thing is not for me. The screen is beautiful. If you want to hook up the new monitor (second monitor) that Apple is promoting for the MacBook Pro, it is easier with the new ports though. One 27-inch screen is more than enough for me. There are some great deals on the refurb's right now and they keep popping up, which could save you hundreds off a brand new one. I have bought three refurb's and they are all perfect and still running. Good luck...
  4. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    I would advise waiting as the desktop CPU chip for the new iMac is just about officially released -- the 7700K. Don't worry about ports on a desktop as you can always get the cables and adapters you need easily.. That said, if you don't like the new version, you can pick up the old model for a couple of hundred dollars cheaper. Smart money is on a March release. But this is a rumors website....

  5. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    I agree with this. I am going to wait until the new models come out. Then, if I don't like them, I will pick up the previous model for less money.
  6. CrownVic macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2016
    sounds like a win-win!
  7. Kevin.Richards macrumors member


    Dec 20, 2016
    I don't have iMac. For starters, which models are going to release in 2017?
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Presumably Kaby Lake equipped 21 and 27" iMacs, that will have USB-C ports and a better GPU. No one knows for sure what the specs will be, and people are hoping at this point we'll see a redesign case as well. I can't imagine they'd make it any thinner, but this is apple we're talking about so I wouldn't be surprised.

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