November 30, 2023

Apple is about to unveil a extremely anticipated replace to its iMac lineup on Monday, October 30. And if we’re being sincere, the refresh is lengthy overdue. The final time Apple revamped its beloved all-in-one pc was all the way in which again in April of 2021, an replace that noticed Apple introduce a brand new design together with expanded colour choices.

On the time, Apple’s new iMac lineup garnered usually favorable opinions. The improve was vital and included a bigger show, an M1 processor, and nostalgic colour choices that harkened again to the introduction of the unique iMac.

iMac storage choices go away quite a bit to be desired

Not all the suggestions, nevertheless, was constructive.  Particularly, the 2021 iMac’s storage configuration choices have been past disappointing. Hopefully, that is one thing Apple addresses with its upcoming product refresh.

At the moment, the entry-level iMac sells for $1,299 and ships with a paltry 256GB of storage. And sure, that’s SSD storage. And sure, SSD storage is notoriously expensive. However nonetheless, 256GB of storage this present day appears woefully inadequate. Particularly whenever you have in mind how rapidly you possibly can eat into storage with high-quality images and 4K video, 256GB of base storage is limiting.

Earlier than SSD was the one storage possibility, iMac customers had extra expansive storage choices. Way back to 2013, the entry-level iMac shipped with 1TB of storage. Customers additionally had the choice to modify to a 2TB Fusion drive or a 256GB SSD.

As we speak, customers who need extra storage must fork over a further $200 for a 512GB SSD drive or a further $400 for a 1TB SSD drive. These value factors are a bit on the outrageous facet. And whereas there’s no denying that SSD costs are excessive throughout the board, Apple’s pricing is excessive relative to rival {hardware} makers.

As we speak’s iMac unveiling will hopefully deal with this frustration. It might be good to see Apple bump up the storage on the bottom mannequin to a 512GB SSD. A 1TB drive could be unbelievable, however that’s admittedly a pipe dream at this level.

Apple understandably prioritizes MacBook refreshes over the iMac, just because it sells much more laptops than iMacs. Consequently, iMac refreshes don’t come alongside as typically as they used to. However that is exactly why it’d be good to see Apple make the refreshes a tad extra compelling after they do occur.

Storage apart, there’s loads of pleasure surrounding Apple’s iMac occasion later right now. Particularly, rumors level to Apple’s new iMac delivery with a model new M3 processor. Some earlier rumors recommended the brand new iMacs would ship with an M2 processor, however an M3 now seems much more probably. The M3 processor would additionally enable Apple to supply extra expansive RAM choices.

Past that, rumor has it that the general appear and feel of the iMac will stay the identical, albeit with some slight tweaks to the stand. Different reported updates embrace Wi-Fi 6E help and probably new colour choices.

You’ll be able to watch Apple’s particular occasion, which will even embrace new MacBook fashions, over right here at 5 PM Pacific Time.