When older is bet­ter

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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.

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