iMac 2019 release date


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Any word on the anticipated iMac 2019 release date? I really need a 27" and want to wait to get the latest and greatest, so to speak.

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Hello,

Nothing yet, but I would guess more towards spring/summer.

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Thanks for the reply. Now I need your opinion, if you will.
I currently have a 2011 iMac running 10.6.8 due to some old software I have and still use on occasions. Thusly I don't want to wipe it and upgrade. Because of the 10.6.8 my browser situation is very out dated and won't load many sites I use frequently. We like to travel and use many sites to plan and make reservations, etc. which now simply won't load, crash the browser or just show web pages with garbled text.
My question is, will the new release iMacs have many added features that it would be worth waiting for, and maybe a lower price? Or get a late 2017 one now and get one with it?

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The first thing is whether you will be moving to a newer Mac OS. If you will, you actually can do that with your current iMac. But if you want a newer model, maybe get a late 2017 model around the time the 2019 models come out. As it is, not even sure if you can run OS 10.6.8 on the newer iMacs.

For the 2017 model, would you want a 21.5" display, or a 27"display? This link explains the differences rather well:

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/imac-aluminum-tapered-edge-faq/differences-between-imac-aluminum-mid-2017-models.html

I guess my concern would be the lack of a "stock" choice for such an iMac that just has a 256 gig SSD.
 
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That is just it. I do want the newer operating system in a 27" model. But using it for research on the web and general use, no heavy graphics or anything of the sort, would it really benefit me to wait for the new release model or if there isn't much difference, get a mid 2017 model?
 

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Given that there are 4 2017 models to consider, it looks like you need to decide what you want in an iMac. Here are the 4 of them:

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i5-3.4-27-inch-aluminum-retina-5k-mid-2017-specs.html

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i5-3.5-27-inch-aluminum-retina-5k-mid-2017-specs.html

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i5-3.8-27-inch-aluminum-retina-5k-mid-2017-specs.html

https://everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-i7-4.2-27-inch-aluminum-retina-5k-mid-2017-specs.html

Myself, I would not need (nor want) a 1 TB or 2 TB Fusion drive. I would much prefer just a 256 gig or 512 gig SSD as my primary drive. Of course, in my situation, I would not store many additional files on the internal SSD, as I have 3 external SSDs that satisfy that need. Also, my external SSDs (just need one of them, partitioned) satisfy my backup requirements.

Also, here is a review of those 4 models (and some comparisons to other models):

https://www.macworld.co.uk/review/imac/imac-27-inch-2017-review-3660104/

All 4 of them seem impressive, but as I stated before, I would want just an SSD as my internal drive. It looks like Apple does offer SSD options at the time of your order, for an extra charge.
 
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Although Apple seems to be very hush hush on any news concerning the new iMac, does any one foresee any significant updates that would warrant waiting for a new model. At least for a general use machine with no heavy graphics, design, photo work or what ever.
 

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I would think there will be no real "earth shattering" improvements with the upcoming iMac models. As it is, the links I provided you above for the current 27" models would easily satisfy your needs. However, prices will not fluctuate much until the newer ones come out. By then there might not be too nay of the current ones available.
 

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Well I pulled the trigger and got a 2017. Just can't find any adapters for my firewire external drives.
 
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What exact 2017 model did you get?

From what I can tell, all of them have Thunderbolt 3 ports. So, here are the adapters you need so that you can connect any Firewire 800 drives that you have:

1. Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 Adapter: https://www.amazon.com/Apple-Thunderbolt-to-FireWire-Adapter/dp/B00SQ2CJUS?tag=macworld05-20&ascsubtag=US-002-3136583-000-1440486-web-20

2. Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMEL2AM/A/thunderbolt-3-usb-c-to-thunderbolt-2-adapter?afid=p231|camref:1100laKZ&cid=AOS-US-AFF-PHG

This link discusses all the various connections/adapters one would use:

https://www.macworld.com/article/3136583/macbook-accessories/macbook-pro-thunderbolt-3-adapter-guide-how-to-connect-an-iphone-display-hard-drive-and-more.html#firewire
 

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Thanks. I was looking for a cheaper way, but I guess there is none. My only other question at this point is, would this enable this external back-up hard drive to be bootable?
Thanks again and sorry to be such a pain.
 

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Depending on the software you use to "get stuff" onto the external drive, yes, it can be bootable. It actually has nothing to do with the type of cable you use. For example, I connect any of my 3 external SSDs to either of my Macs with a USB-A cable, and given that I use SuperDuper! for my backups (it makes a bootable backup), I can boot either of my Macs from any of those bootable backups.
 

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I use CarbonCopyCloner and have always told that USB-A won't be bootable & I have tried to no avail. Using a USB now and start up choice won't see it. Guess I gotta try SuperDuper.
 

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That's perplexing about Carbon Copy Cloner. I have never heard of it not being able to make a bootable backup/clone on an external device. Have you actually tried it?

Maybe some other folks can "chime in" about this, but I'd be shocked if CCC had such a "defect".

Also, does your external drive have a USB port? If it does, then a direct connection via a USB cable would be cheaper, although Firewire 800 would still be faster.
 

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Boy! I be the dummy. Did my back up with a USB A on the iMac & a USB 2 Mini and it does show up in the Start-up Preference window. Was grayed out because I had it locked. Unlock ed it is it appears fine. Haven/t tried it yet as I have a lot to do tonight, but will try tomorrow.
Thanks so much. I feel like a real dummy!
 

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You're welcome. I suspect you'll be able to boot from it, as CCC is s fine product.
 
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Yup! It works, but slower than sin. But for now it'll get me by as a backup until I can get some bucks for a better external and/or cable choice.
Thanks again.
 

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