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When To Buy Imac 2017



Your iMac performs a memory initialization procedure when you first turn it on after upgrading memory or rearranging DIMMs. This process can take 30 seconds or more, and the display of your iMac remains dark until it's finished. Make sure to let the memory initialization complete.




when to buy imac 2017



Please note that all "Mid-2017" and "2019" iMac models have been discontinued. However, this Q&A has been updated subsequently and remains quite useful for anyone buying or selling one of these models on the used market.


The"Mid-2017" iMac models include the long held over entry-level iMac "Core i5" 2.3 21.5" and the higher-end iMac "Core i5" 3.0 21.5" (4K) , "Core i5" 3.4 21.5" (4K), "Core i7" 3.6 21.5" (4K), iMac "Core i5" 3.4 27" (5K), "Core i5" 3.5 27" (5K), "Core i5" 3.8 27" (5K), and "Core i7" 4.2 27" (5K).


All of the 21.5-Inch and 27-Inch "Mid-2017" and "2019" models use essentially the same all aluminum case design that tapers sharply to a 5 mm edge at the sides of the display and all have an integrated 720p "FaceTime HD" webcam in the upper display bezel, speakers integrated at the bottom edge of the display, and dual integrated microphones.


Although each of these displays have a glass cover with an anti-reflective coating, the displays in most of the "Mid-2017" models and all "2019" 4K and 5K models alike are higher quality that the non-Retina display in the long held over entry-level iMac "Core i5" 2.3 21.5" (Mid-2017).


By contrast, all of the 21.5" 4K "Mid-2017" and "2019" iMac models have a higher-quality 21.5" 4096x2304 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS DCI-P3 "Retina 4K" display and the 27" 5K "Mid-2017" and "2019" iMac models have a 27" LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS DCI-P3 "Retina 5K" display with a gigantic 5120x2880 resolution. Both display sizes support a wide color gamut of "one billion colors" and have a brightness rating of 500 nits.


The "Mid-2017" and "2019" iMac models have different Model Numbers. Specifically, the "Mid-2017" iMac models with 21.5" and 27" displays are model number A1418 and A1419, respectively. The "2019" iMac models with 21.5" and 27" displays, on the other hand, are A2116 and A2115, respectively.


The model numbers for the "Mid-2017" iMac line are shared by many earlier models and model numbers for the "2019" iMac line are shared by subsequent models so these identifiers are less useful for precise identification.


The "Mid-2017" iMac models use the 7th Gen "Kaby Lake" architecture whereas the "2019" iMac models use more advanced 8th and 9th Gen "Coffee Lake" architectures with faster processors and graphics processors. Many "2019" iMac models use faster memory, too.


Ultimately, the "2019" iMac models are an internal upgrade that provide faster performance and graphics performance than the "Mid-2017" iMac models that came before them. Otherwise, the two lines are quite similar.


There are many places to purchase a used "Mid-2017" or "2019" iMac. However, buying from a quality company with a solid track record in the Mac market will provide the best experience and save you money and time, too.


Third-party apps are a bit more lenient. As of this writing, Google Chrome requires at least OS X 10.11 El Capitan (released in 2015). For Spotify, you need macOS 10.13 High Sierra (2017) or newer. Dropbox works on OS X 10.10 Yosemite (released in 2014) and later.


If you have a 128GB or even 256GB drive in your MacBook, you probably have to juggle files to make more space constantly. This might mean freeing up space on your Mac whenever possible or possibly adding more storage to your Mac with an external hard drive or other methods.


Another internal component that takes a hit over the years is the battery in MacBooks. Rechargeable batteries only have a certain number of cycles before they're "spent" and won't hold a charge for long. macOS will warn you when your battery is getting to the end of its life, and you can check your MacBook's cycle count whenever you like.


An obvious reason that you need to replace your MacBook is when it suffers serious physical damage. Maybe you dropped it and damaged the internals, or slammed the screen down on some debris and cracked it.


In these cases, your computer is unusable until you get it fixed or replace it. And as discussed above, it doesn't make a lot of sense to pour hundreds of dollars into an old or even obsolete machine when you can get a new one that will last longer.


Little problems, like your charger not working unless it's in just the right spot, dead pixels on the display, stuck keys, and crackling speakers aren't necessarily signs that you need to replace your Mac. But when your computer has so many small quirks that it's barely usable, you should cut your losses and look into a replacement machine that will perform much better.


My desire is to have the Mac OS and apps like Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and Lightroom on the SSD. -- Then, I'm thinking, put the current video and/or photo project files onto the SSD and this should be the fastest setup...? -- Then when project complete save it onto the Fusion drive. (and 4K video will take up a lot of space, for sure).


Apple first released the iMac Pro in December 2017, and then did not provide any significant updates beyond minor hardware tweaks. With the iMac Pro being discontinued, Apple recommends that those who need a "pro" level desktop machine check out the current 27-inch iMac.


Apple released the iMac Pro in December 2017, but introduced new Radeon Pro Vega 64X graphics as a build-to-order upgrade option in March 2019 and increased the maximum RAM to 256GB. Apple in March 2019 lowered the pricing of some of the higher-end build-to-order options, dropping the cost of the 64 and 128GB RAM upgrades by $400 and the 2TB and 4TB SSD options by $200 to $400. SSD prices dropped even further in July 2019.


The iMac Pro uses Intel Xeon-W processors with 10, 14, and 18 core chips available as optional configurations with Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz and up to 42MB of cache. The Intel-W is an Intel workstation-class processor, introduced in August of 2017. The Intel Xeon-W processors use an LGA2066 socket and are built on Skylake-SP architecture. The iMac Pro's CPU is not soldered, but it may not be user replaceable as Apple is using custom hardware.


iMac Pro benchmarks have suggested the entry-level 10-core model with a 3.0GHz Intel Xeon processor is 45 percent faster than the high-end 2013 Mac Pro and up to 93 percent faster than the top-of-the-line 2017 27-inch 5K iMac. 14 and 18-core models offer even more significant performance improvements than the 10-core model when it comes to multi-core processing tasks.


In the entry-level machine, there are four 8GB DIMM RAM modules, while upgraded models feature 4x16GB and 4x32GB arrangements. While the iMac Pro supports quad-channel memory, customers who are planning to upgrade the RAM after purchase need to replace all four modules. The RAM maximum, 256GB, needs to be purchased when ordering from Apple as upgrading to 256GB after purchase is not an option.


Apple also has several "Recommended Configurations" with 8 and 10-core processors, upgraded RAM, improved graphics, and more storage, but there are upgrade options even beyond these recommended configurations. Below, we've listed all of the available upgrade options and their price when added to the base machine.


I bought a new iMac in Jan 2020 and in the course of getting Apples technical help on something they told me it was manufactured in 2017. Is it normal to be sold such an old computer? I find it is even slower than my old iMac (2009) at downloading email content and opening simple functions like the Printer-Scanner. Any suggestions as to what i should do? it is: iMac 21.5 inch 2017 Processor 2.3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Memory 8 GB 2133 MHz DDR4. Mac OS Catalina version 10.15.4. thank you for any advice you have.


FWIW, the base model 21.5" iMac's model is still a 2017 because it's the only iMac model that wasn't upgraded in 2019. The 2017 model is still manufactured and is still listed as such even if it was assembled last week.


21.5" iMacs have not had user upgradeable RAM since 2012. However if you had purchased a 27" they have user upgradeable RAM. You should consider yourself fortunate though, 2017 21.5" iMac are the first 21.5" iMacs since 2012 that can accommodate 32GB of RAM and are relatively easy to upgrade by an AASP. Some years of the 21.5" iMacs made after 2012 cannot have the RAM upgradeable at all since the RAM was soldered into place.


An excellent guide - many thanks. The logic board was tricksy to get out - the card reader was jamming on the casing, but it came out with care. It's easy to trap the microphone cable and the power button cables when re-assembling, so they're worth looking out for. Successfully replaced the RAM and installed an SSD at the same time - many thanks.


A Fusion drive is the terminology used by Apple when the use a board soldered 120ish Gb storage and a standard 1Tb 2.5 inch drive, and bind them together, if you throw in a 1Tb SSD in place of the existing standard hard drive you end up with 2 drives when you begin installation, you can find the instructions to merge the onboard and the new SSD back together again, and boy does it transform these machines, absolute pig with a factory fusion setup.


The iMac has stood up pretty well over the years and continues that trend. True, it's no longer a system that you can really get excited about as cutting edge, and the static feature set isn't as comparatively impressive as it was when it first shipped. Of course, a lot of that has to do with Apple's no-thank-you stand on newer technologies such as computer touchscreens or wireless charging; that limits the scope of new hardware features it might add. The Retina 5K is still the highest resolution display in an all-in-one, but now it has to compete with larger ones, such as the HP Envy Curved 34-inch, and sufficiently high-resolution-for-most-people 4K models.


As for other features, the 2017 iMac integrates 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2, and comes with Apple's wireless Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Keyboard. The mouse supports touch-based scrolling, though I still find its shallow shape uncomfortable, and the keyboard angle and keys are similarly low-profile. Still, both the mouse and the keyboard are high quality for bundled peripherals. 041b061a72


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