Yes, while the mobile tech world salivated over Amazon’s gimmicky Fire Phone, Apple introduced a new iMac. On the surface, the entry-level iMac looks pretty much like any other iMac on Apple’s website. Details matter, and what’s inside is different.
How Much Is RAM?
Apple has never been one to push the boundaries of some components in Mac, iPhone, and iPad. While the CPUs are usually top of the line, other components, well, not so much.
Take RAM for example. iPhone and iPad have a 64-bit iOS but merely a gigabyte of RAM. Why not more RAM, Apple?
Open a few apps, then open a few websites in tabs in Safari and watch the re-load action begin. Apple skimps on RAM.
For years, Macs had the same problem, but in recent years the entire Mac line shipped with 4 gigabytes of RAM, more than enough for most tasks in OS X Mavericks.
The new entry-level iMac starts at only $,1099 and it comes with 8GB of RAM. That’s right. 8GB.
The 21.5-inch iMac is still the low price leader. The Intel Inside CPU is a snail’s pace 1.5GHz i5. Graphics come from Intel’s HD Graphics 5000, and there’s only 500GB of storage.
But RAM is boosted to 8GB.
In fact, the new iMac doesn’t even have a build-to-order option for more RAM. You can change the storage capacity and capability (SSD, or 1TB, or 1TB Fusion drive), but not option for RAM.
For now, the rest of the Mac lineup starts at 4GB of RAM, except for the high end models which now start at 8GB (12GB for the Mac Pro). Is Apple about to get more competitive with standard hardware configurations and pricing?
I hope so.
For example, storage on iPhone and iPad starts at 16GB, and the price to double that is $100. Add another $100 and storage doubles again to 64GB. That makes the high end iPad Air with similar storage but only a gigabyte of RAM just $100 less than a MacBook Air which has 4GB of RAM.
The iPhone 5s doesn’t have a 128GB storage option, and the retail price is a mere $50 less than the entry-level MacBook Air.
It’s time for Apple to get competitive with storage pricing and RAM configurations on all products. I’m growing tired of subsidizing the lifestyle of Apple’s rich and famous executives.