When older is better
I took delivery of a new 21.5‑inch iMac on 2 April and paid for an upgrade to 16GB RAM and a 1TB Fusion Drive. I was surprised to see that it is a late 2013 model when Apple’s website shows the latest one is from 2014. Is there any difference with the later model and should I have been supplied with it? Could I be disadvantaged when I come to replace my Mac in the future as it will look to be more than a year older than it really is? Ken Fixter
The most recently introduced 21.5-inch iMac is the ‘Mid 2014’ model. Yours is one revision behind, which sounds bad, but it isn’t at all. The 2014 model is actually a downgrade that was introduced to provide a budget model in the iMac range. From the specs you provided, I see you have a 2.9GHz Core i5 processor, which is the fastest of three 21.5-inch iMacs that Apple sells today, even though it was initially released in 2013. You have 16GB RAM and a GT 750M graphics card, yet the 2014 iMac is fixed at 8GB and has a less capable Intel graphics processor.
The upshot of all this is that your iMac is actually faster than the model that was introduced more recently. If you sell your iMac in the future, some people will assume it’s worse than the 2014 model, but the specifications speak for themselves.
Youth isn’t everything. The 2014 budget iMac is actually slower than models introduced in 2013.