Apple’s iMac was last updated 602 days ago, longest span ever between updates

“It has now been 602 days since Apple last updated its iMac lineup, a new record for the longest span between iMac refreshes ever,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors. “The previous record was 601 days between October 2015 and June 2017 refreshes.”

“Since the original iMac launched in 1998, the computer has typically been updated at least once per year, with the sole exceptions being 2016 and 2018,” Rossignol reports.

“The iMac is not alone. The 12-inch MacBook and Mac Pro have also set record-long spans of 602 days and 1,866 days and counting respectively since their last refreshes,” Rossignol reports. “Apple has at least promised to release an all-new Mac Pro with a ‘modular’ design at some point in 2019, but has yet to share additional details.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple management’s misplaced priorities, especially regarding the Mac, continue to hugely disappoint.

You kind of want to manage it like you’re in the dairy business. If it gets past its freshness date, you have a problem. — Tim Cook, 2008

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Open letter to Tim Cook: Apple needs to do better – January 5, 2015

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Johnny Appleseed” for the heads up.]


    1. Premium products for premium customers at premium prices, is what we used to say.

      Yesterdays products with high failure rates at premium prices is what it has become. For those who have had Apple computers their whole lives, it is a tragedy to see.

      1. Votes are manipulated everyday and really don’t account for much.

        Granny Hawkins (Outlaw Josey Wales):
        “I say that big talk’s worth doodly-squat.”

        That aside, you have not disagreed with one word, good. @Pajamas nailed it…

    1. And this is in reference to what, exactly? I dare you to write it… Jobs was straight and could update the iMac and Cook is gay and can’t update the iMac. Is that your point?

  1. Tim Cook has stated publicly:
    “Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops,”
    He goes on to stress that desktops remain “really important” to users. “The desktop is very strategic for us,” he said. “It’s unique compared to the notebook because you can pack a lot more performance in a desktop — the largest screens, the most memory and storage, a greater variety of I/O, and fastest performance. So there are many different reasons why desktops are really important, and in some cases critical, to people.”

    NOW compare this to the REAL actions regarding updating the desktops (iMac & the unicorn called Mac Pro)

    This is a classical leadership problem: Statements inconsistent with actions.

    And they wonder why people don’t take them “seriously”
    Hence the well deserved alias of Pipeline Tim, or Roadmap Tim (Jobs by the way hated roadmaps..)

    1. Well said, Xavier.

      Working in the D.C. swamp for 12 years the job required contact with politicians.

      On day one my supervisor told me, “don’t watch a politician’s mouth, watch their feet.”

      Cook is certainly much better at politics and SJW role playing. Certainly not CEO of Apple and he needs to GO…

  2. What will actually happen:
    USB-C ports replace everything. Not enough USB-C ports. Everyone needs adaptors to do anything. Higher price.

    New iMac wish list:

    HDMI input. You’ve got that wonderful 5k screen, why can’t we connect stuff to it? Cable TV, Playstation, live camcorder output, even a second computer. It’s a huge waste of space to need a TV right next to your iMac. (Also, a hardware button for switching inputs.)
    Fix hopelessly neglected finder. It is a slow clumsy waste of space and the find command buries properly spelled results under hundreds of irrelevant “context” hits.
    Hard drive slot. If a Sony playstation can have this, there is no excuse for a Mac not having one. External drives with tangles of wires are inelegant and add failure potential.

    Front accessible ports for SD cards, USB sticks, and headphones. RCA output for connecting to a stereo. People use this stuff, and having to turn your computer is another risk for damaging wires or unplugging things unexpectedly.

    – Sliding lens cap for FaceTime camera. You told us once it was unhackable. It never will be.
    – Real keyboard and mouse. (See Naga hex, lights not necessary. Working drivers are.)
    – Mac compatibility. Stop breaking our software. Future Macs will still be able to run 32 bit software – if it is for windows!
    – Nobody cares about making it a millimeter thinner! Add an inch just to remind yourself that it doesn’t matter, and maybe allow for some heat dissipation.

  3. Tim Cook is proving himself to be the antithesis of his predecessor. True, no one can be Steve Jobs, but this is ridiculous. My father needed a new iMac last October and I was trying to convince him to wait for new models. Good thing he bought because we’re still waiting.

  4. Nothing can be done about Cook until the shareholders wake up and realize how far the company has deteriorated under his leadership. Shareholders put pressure up ladder. Only then will action be taken. Thats how Ballmer was gotten rid of.

  5. According to a pre-CIA operations manual about how to subvert successful organizations:

    “1. Insist on doing everything through “channels.” Never permit short-cuts to be taken in order to expedite decisions.
    2. Make “speeches.” Talk as frequently as possible and at great length. Illustrate your “points” by long anecdotes and accounts of personal experiences.
    3. When possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Attempt to make the committee as large as possible — never less than five.
    4. Bring up irrelevant issues as frequently as possible.
    5. Haggle over precise wordings of communications, minutes, resolutions.
    6. Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to re-open the question of the advisability of that decision.
    7. Advocate “caution.” Be “reasonable” and urge your fellow-conferees to be “reasonable” and avoid haste which might result in embarrassments or difficulties later on.

    I can definitely see Cook in #2.

  6. I’ve needing to upgrade to a new iMac for quite a few years now. Only because I didn’t want to throw away my current workflow on my home network of a combination of Macs, Windows and Linux machines. I passed on the last update because I didn’t feel it was significant enough update from what I already had. But now I worry as I migrate more stuff off my Mac platform onto Linux and Windows, I may be closing in to a point where I will leave the Apple garden altogether. Where is the next disruptive computing tech going to come from?

  7. Apple user since the 1980’s. Only Apple device I want to upgrade right now is an iMac. The shine and magic is gone for everything else Apple. Something wrong with Cook’s social values peddling priorities.

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