Apple finally updated the iMac with new CPUs and GPUs last week and while not much has changed in the design of this particular Mac — same design, same Bluetooth, similar configs, etc. — a speed bump is always welcome. Unfortunately, some upgrade pricing is still as insanely absurd as ever and the base models still offer spinning disk drives:
- The base models should all have SSDs.
- The 8 GB → 16 GB upgrade costs $200. You can buy an 8 GB module for around $40-50 and a 16 GB module to around $90, which means Apple is charging 3-4 times more.
- The 32 GB RAM upgrade is $600. A 32 GB set of two 16 GB DDR modules is around $180-190.
- The 64 GB RAM upgrade is $1000 while a similar set can range from $200-430, depending on the vendor.
- SSD upgrade pricing is 2-3 times higher than current prices for high-quality NVMe SSDs.
- Since the design hasn’t been changed, I’m assuming that dust will still accumulate on the back of the screen over time.
I’m glad that the iMac has been updated but I still cannot comprehend why they aren’t getting more flack for their absurd upgrade pricing. The i9-9900 configuration should make a nice hackintosh config though, which I can fix in minutes or hours should anything go wrong, instead of sending it in to Apple and waiting 5-7 days. This route also allows me to use much beefier GPUs. I just wish Apple and NVIDIA stopped bickering — MacOS really could use GTX and RTX support.