My 10 year old iMac has 16GB memory, 250GB SSD and a 2TB disk. It backs up to 3TB time capsule with an attached 4TB drive and I have a powered USB hub with three 5TB and one 4TB external disks attached. Not to mention 2TB of iCloud and 1TB of Onedrive. So no shortage of storage. In fact I’ve backups all over the place (old habits die hard) and I’ve just embarked on a project to map what’s where and get rid of the dups. I’m sure I recover TBs.
I’d probably soldier on with the current iMac but it’s developed a strange problem whereby one of the fans starts going flat out for no apparent reason. I’ve installed TG Pro so I can see all core temperatures, sensors and fan speeds etc. but no obvious issues so I need to take it back to Apple for what may be a costly fix. Even then because it doesn’t have Metal, I can’t run macOS 11 nor upgrade some apps, notably iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Xcode and the MS office suite. So all in all I think I need to retire it. Now the question is what to choose?
Your post got me thinking about value Alex so I dug out the scan of the iMac’s original invoice (that’s why I need so much storage ). It was the top of the line 27’ in August 2011 and it cost €3,148.99 but I got the VAT back because I was still (barely) working. So, over its life it’s cost me about €5.18 a week. I can live with that. I’ve no doubt that no other manufacture’s machine would have lasted as long nor be in such good condition now.
While a 21’ iMac would be too small for all the windows I need open at once, a 27’ is probably overkill. The new 24’ is probably just right. I’m very impressed with the M1 and the performance improvement over the 3.4 Ghz Quad-Core i7 I have today will be more sufficient. I don’t currently push memory so 16GB will still be fine (especially as, like my current iMac, paging will be to SSD) and given the array of external storage I have, 2TB of onboard will be enough. Especially with USB C performance ports.
The new iMac with 8GB/512GB is listed at €1899. Upgrade prices for it aren’t listed yet but looking at the current 27’, upgrading from 8GB to 16GB costs €230 and from 512GB to €2TB €690. So that should bring a maxed out 24’ in at around €2.8, including TVA. So for less than I paid ten years ago I get a much better screen, a much faster CPU and sufficient, all SSD, storage. and all for €5.38 a week depreciation over the next ten years. What’s not to like
This has been a useful exercise in convincing myself, and I have