I can’t believe this hasn’t already been discussed on an Apple forum, I guess people are busy.
Well, so has Apple, with a stream of hardware releases in the week preceding its 25 March video streaming service announcement.
On the one hand it is superb marketing, keeping media focus on Apple in the lead up to its media event. On the other hand it implies Apple thinks the new video service is so important it must get all the boring hardware out of the way first. The Gripping Hand though is that the pent up demand for these products can finally be satisfied.
So far we have had
- A new iPad mini;
- A new iPad Air;
- New iMacs;
- New upgrade options for iMac pro;
- Price drops for storage upgrades from disgusting and ludicrous pricing to less disgusting and ludicrous pricing;
- Wireless AirPods,
- New iPhone cases and Apple Watch bands.
And a couple more days yet to come. Will we see the legendary but as yet vapourware airmat?
The iPad mini of course will face a lot of pent up demand.
The iPad Air seems really good for its price and a great replacement for the 10.5 inch iPad Pro I am using right now. What it does t have in comparison to a pro is not that important IMHO.
The iMacs are particularly welcome for me, as it is well due time to replace my 2011 model. The form factor has not been updated, which might in fact be good as I can upgrade the RAM rather than pay the quite frankly evil upgrade prices Apple charges. It also means that it doesn’t yet have the T2 chip, for good or ill. Probably because at the low end the iMac still has spinning platter Hard Drives which the T2 firmware can’t support, being iOS based?
Anyway, I was astonished once I specced out a high end iMac to replace my top of the range 2011 model. It’s close to 3x the price I paid back then, cracking $6k.
I specced down a bit and got it to between $4k and $5k. Is there really that much performance difference between a six core i5 and an 8 core i9? I will go for the Vega 48 of course, and save some money by hanging storage off the back, another advantage of not having the T2. I can boot off an external TB drive.
The other thing, considering the price of an upspec iMac, is to consider waiting for a refurb or deal on an iMac Pro. It’s space gray after all😁