I bit the bullet. I just bought a new Mac. An iMac. No, not the iMac Pro, but one of the newly upgraded iMac models with the latest Intel Inside. This might be the last desktop Mac that ever graces the Mincey Plantatiion.
Why? Are not desktop Macs relics? Does not Apple itself say that eight of 10 Macs sold these days is a notebook? Is not the iMac itself a modernized version of the original iMac, circa 1998?
Mor specifically, screen real estate. Our new Mac arrives with a Retina 5K display with nearly 15-million pixels. Yes, it’s somewhat old school LCD when iPhones come with superior OLED displays, but Mac notebooks have nothing to compare.
Size matters. And once you’ve used a Retina 5K display anything else just is not good enough.
Feast on this beast.
We equipped the latest and possibly last iMac so it would make it into the future. 8-core 9th generation Intel Core i9 Inside. 32GB RAM. 1TB SSD storage (with iCloud and Dropbox, we just don’t need anything bigger, and Apple charges a premium for 2TB SSD).
Or, put another way, about $1,200 less than a basic iMac Pro, similarly equipped but even more powerful.
Now, I broke a newly implemented rule to buy this beast. No Face ID. No Touch ID. That’s OK because this is the Mac that sits in the family room at the bottom of the Mincey Plantation, and it gets shared by Jesse and children who have their own notebooks anyway (and occasional guest in dire need of an online fix).
iMac Pro was tempting, but $1,200 also buys another MacBook Air or another iPhone X-whatever later this year, so, yes, money is an object.
What iMac brings to the table is what all of us want in a Mac, and enough of us are willing to forego the portability and mobility issue inherent in 80-percent of all Macs sold.
Horsepower. Screen real estate.
And ports. Did I mention ports. You can never have too many ports.
This may be the last iMac to run with the Mincey’s but I have no doubt that Apple is working on a new generation with an upgraded design, Face ID, and a Retina 8K OLED display, but that will be in the somewhat distant future.
As it stands now, I get a big screen, a honkin’ fast Mac, instant access to all the Mac apps I know and love and use, and despite the classic design, the work we perform daily is not done any better or faster on a machine in the distant future.
You can never have too much screen real estate.