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New iMac needed ?

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Currently using LRc 11.1


Recently attempted to send a photo from LRc to Photoshop and received message telling me there wasn’t enough memory. I checked the iMac HD and it showed only 11GB free !!!
I then deleted a couple of apps that I use as plugins and a lot of the LRc backups, which gave me enough room and I now delete a back up each time I do a new one.
Currently using LRc 11.1 and Creative cloud has updates for me which I’m not sure would be a good idea to install.
This was my first Mac and I would probably like get another one, unless someone tells me there’s a better option.

What I’m looking at is the new24” iMac with the M1 chip, 16GB ram, and 1TB ssd.
Is this a sensible choice and is there anything else I should look out for ?

John
 
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What I’m looking at is the new24” iMac with the M1 chip, 16GB ram, and 1TB ssd.
Is this a sensible choice and is there anything else I should look out for ?
It is sensible enough for me. That is the machine that I got to replace my not so old Intel iMac last year.
 
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And I’ve got the same spec but as a Mac mini as I wanted a bigger screen. No complaints here!
 
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Thanks Clee, Victoria and Colin, looks like the 24" iMac it is then. Just need to arrange it with 'credit control'.
I take it 16 Gb ram is the maximum, you can't add any more yourself ?

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The M1 chip and ram work differently together in comparison to the Intel Macs. I have never experienced an issue other than a positive one - better performance.
 
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And I’ve got the same spec but as a Mac mini as I wanted a bigger screen. No complaints here!
I'm on exactly that same fence: 1TB SSD and 16GB RAM, but iMac 24 or Mini? Like you, looking at the Mini to go bigger than 24. May I ask what monitor you use? And what did you buy for keyboard and trackpad/mouse? Thanks!
 
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I went with the Mac Mini M1 as well (1TB SSD + 16GB), mainly so that I could initially repurpose my pair of HP LP2475W wide gamut monitors (with a view to upgrade to 4K eventually). Like the others, no complaints at all.

Because I also still maintain an old Windows10 system (mainly for Lightroom testing purposes) both monitors are hard-wired to both desktop systems and each can be seamlessly switched between the two systems. Similarly, I use the wireless Logitech MX Keys keyboard and the MX Master 3 mouse, both of which can also be seamlessly switched between the two systems simply by moving the mouse pointer to the appropriately connected monitor. Just trying to keep my desk less cluttered. The switchable mouse even allows me to copy items from one system and drag them to the other for pasting there, which is quite cool!
 
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I was waiting for a 27" iMac but the old one died. I ended up with a LG 27MD5KL-B. I think they're end of line now, but it was the only decent 5K 27" I could find at the time. It's paired with my existing Eizo CG243W for color sensitive work. Keyboard and trackbad I already had from my old 27" iMac, they're still going.
 

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You could just save a lot of $$$ and move your image files to an external drive. You can also shift Apple Music and Photos libraries to an external drive.
 
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You could just save a lot of $$$ and move your image files to an external drive. You can also shift Apple Music and Photos libraries to an external drive.
Thanks michaelp, the photos, music etc are already on a 3TB external drive. Have been away for few days but got back yesterday to find new M1 iMac delivered :D despite being given initial date of late June/early July.
Now to read up on transferring files and programmes from old to new.
 
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