New iMac with 10th gen Intel and 1080p camera...(or: wait until ARM?)

Carlo Medina

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This is probably the last iteration prior to ARM. Appealing specs. But not sure I want to drop this kind of cash when a huge architecture change is on the horizon.
 

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I expected to see the ARM iMac as one of the first out of the gate. This release makes me rethink that. So man, I dunno. If you NEED an iMac today this will be awesome for at least 2 years. But if you can wait, I'd wait.
 

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If it’s a last hurrah, the iMac is going out with a bang—the latest and greatest 10th-generation Intel core processors. Most impressive is the fact that the high-end model, which is the one I tested, has ten processor cores. It’s so many cores, in fact, that it’s shamed the old eight-core right out of existence—now the base-model iMac Pro is the ten-core version.

That’s probably a good move, since in my tests, the 10-core i9 iMac configuration beat the pants off of my poor 8-core iMac Pro. Last year’s top-of-the-line iMac beat my iMac Pro at many tests, but the ol’ girl eked out a few wins of her own. This year, it’s no contest.
 

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To the implicit question of buy now or buy later:

If you need a new iMac, buy now. This is a great iMac.
If you don't need a new iMac, wait. There will be a better iMac later.

DaveF's First Law of Computers: The best time to buy is always tomorrow.
 

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To the implicit question of buy now or buy later:

If you need a new iMac, buy now. This is a great iMac.
If you don't need a new iMac, wait. There will be a better iMac later.

DaveF's First Law of Computers: The best time to buy is always tomorrow.
It all depends and what you mean by the word “need.” I prefer to think of “need” as almost meaning “want.” Oh hell, it does mean that. :D Well, after twisting the language to mean what I want, I still won’t be getting one.

What am I using to write this? My ipad. What device do I use the most between iMac and ipad? The ipad. In the near future, what I really want to get is a new SVS subwoofer. The SW will cost less and I’ll use it more. Funds are not unlimited and I will have to choose.
 
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Carlo Medina

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I've never regretted getting my PowerSoundAudio 15S (made by the original V in SVS, Tom Vodhanel) and my Hsu Research VTF3-MK5 sub (under $2K combined). The two together cost as much as an entry level iMac. Assuming your computer needs are met, I'd get the subwoofer.
 
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In the PC world, Dennis' First Law of Computers is to buy refurbished at 80% discount.
My law has been buy Macs used from a University Surplus auction at 80% discount. True, they're never the latest model, but they do what I needs 'em to.

In a way, it's almost too bad that Apple has gotten so popular. It's made the secondhand-buying market way more competitive, though I got an excellent deal on a pallet of Mac Pros about 4 years ago. I used to buy/sell way more surplus Macs back in the "beige" days, when I could get them dirt cheap.
 

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