New iMac should standardize SSD in 2012

By Daniel Chubb - Mar 14, 2012

There has been a trend with Apple products over the last couple of years, which points to the continual improvement of display and with storage inside computers. Considering the display is what we look at it’s obvious that any major improvement will make a more notable difference, but at the same time internal storage is something that users are starting to want more in 2012, especially when it comes to the new iMac.

Our new iMac choices can follow with regrets – not every Apple computer user understands or cares for SSD, although when we first laid hands on a MacBook Air with SSD a few years ago it became a dramatic change to the computer experience. Boot up and shut down times changed overnight, and everything seemed lighting fast in comparison to a standard hard drive found on our past laptops.

Then came the standardization of SSD in MacBook Air products, which took away the option to choose and showed all MacBook Air buyers why SSD made such a difference. We added the new iMac to our office last year, although with this decision came a mistake when we had the option for a Solid State Drive, we didn’t get one on the iMac because we wanted it right away and hated the idea of waiting longer for shipping.

Apple is likely to follow in the footsteps of other products – you only need to look at the new iPad and LTE/4G inclusion, which is almost certainly heading to the new iPhone 5 this year thanks to this feature being included in the latest iPad. Apple standardized SSD on MacBook Air’s and we’d like to see this happen with the new iMac in 2012, which would show all iMac users how SSD makes such a big difference and with prices cheaper than a few years ago it’s time for Apple to make this change for an instant on desktop.

Some people feel that an optical drive could be left out on the new iMac, and while we understand why this would be it seems strange for Apple to make that jump just yet, especially on a desktop considering they’re pretty cheap and could save on needing an external in the future. Would you want an optical drive in your new iMac?

What changes should Apple make on the new iMac in 2012, and would you welcome SSD as standard? The display upgrades are always nice for the eye, and with the Retina display on the new iPad so would many users welcome this as standard on an iMac, although the price would need to be right.

The introduction to last years iMac and looking towards the new 2012 iMac – We saw the Apple Store go down on May 3 last year, and as normal the new iMac specs were compared to the old model. We also saw people play with the new Thunderbolt port and make the iMac into an external display, although this made a pretty expensive display, and software updates quickly arrived a month after launch to fix problems with startup and graphics.

Towards the end of last year we started to hear rumors about new features on the 2012 iMac, which included hints of a TV function before Apple’s iTV could see a release date, and more recently we gave readers a detailed look at our expectations for a new iMac last month.

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  • Guest

    SSD for apps and hdd for data would be the best of both worlds. ssd as standard of course and hdd optional.

  • Me

    I would hope the new iMac still includes an optical drive. I have realized over time I use it less then previous years, but there is still a need for one. Perhaps a few more years into the future they can eliminate it. Just not quite yet.

    • jfw3

      External opitical drives are SOOO cheap. Why does everyone act like Apple not including one in their computer will be the end of the world. If you can afford an Imac, you can afford $60 for an external optical drive that you can pull out and plug in once every three months when you actually need it. Seriously this is such a non issue it’s ridiculous. 

  • z z

    I have to agree with the SSD assessment in the article.  I put one in my old Core Duo 2006 iMac when the hard drive crashed and it is like having a totally different machine, lightning fast on boot up and opening apps.

  • CG

    Providing SSD drive offers as much space as the existing SATA options, and doesn’t add to the cost, then why not. Personally, I prefer capacity over speed every time.

  • Anything that will make SSD drives mainstream and less expensive will be a Godsend to our industry. We tend to focus on bottlenecks and hard drives have been one for as long as we’ve had desktop computers on the market.