Sniff…looks like my iMac is going to be “retired”

Today Apple added the first Retina 5k iMacs to its “vintage” product list. That means that parts availability will be OK until they run out, and then no longer supported for repair or Genius Bar support. See Apple Adds First iMac Models With Retina 5K Display to Vintage Products List for more.

In a way I’m sad to see my my iMac 27-inch from late 2014 being put out to pasture, though it’s served me well and I look forward to the new iMacs coming with rumored new designs and a desktop version running Apple’s screamingly fast Apple Silicon.

When I purchased this machine in December of 2014, I did so with end-of-year money in my company. It has 32GBs of memory, a 1TB SSD, and a core i7, and I paid around $4,800 for it.

Though expensive at the time, it’s been an outstanding machine. The average cost was $800 per year for the six years I’ve owned it and I can unequivocally state that the return on my investment was definitely worth it!

Thanks Apple.

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2 Comments

  1. Alan on December 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    What parts are likely to die that you have to buy from apple? Fans will be generic or at least generic ones will fit. If its using an i7 processor the ram and ssd are likely to be generic although formatted the Apple way (a type of linux). There is no reason this wont still be working in another 10 years although it wont be up to running most of the software you will want by then.
    Its hard to look at 2014 as old but in computer terms its positively antique. Same with cars. My modern 2004 Honda Crv is older than the first piece of junk I ever owned.



  2. Steve Borsch on December 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Great points Alan. The machine is still remarkably good but, as of late, the video is sometimes ‘tearing’. That usually means the video on the motherboard is having issues so am concerned.

    Still, I’m intending to wait to buy a new machine since the new M1 chip — and the rumored M1x and desktop ones — will likely come out the first half of 2021. That’s what I’d like to buy.

    Like you, we still own our 2013 Toyota Prius which has under 80,000 miles on it. Our son drives it and, frankly, I think it will go 160,000 – 200,000 miles since it runs so great and he takes care of it. No reason to ‘retire’ something that works, heh?



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