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iMac upgrade adds a little more time before buying a new one.

The number of iMacs in my shop inspired me to write this blog post. There are a lot of people who think that an iMac that is only a few years old needs to be replaced. I am here to tell you that is not true.

I’m currently writing this on an iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2013) with 16 Gigs of RAM and a 1TB SSD. This guy will last me a few more years. Just because an iMac is old does not mean that it is not still useful.

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Start with upgrading MacOS

The number of computers people bring me that are just running an old version of MacOS is very high. Some people think that if they upgrade their computer they are going to be forced to learn something new. Others hear horror stories from people who use Windows and hate upgrading their OS.

But I can tell you that MacOS is a really easy upgrade and there is almost never an issue. Apple has spent more money than all the people you know combined to make sure that upgrading MacOS runs as smoothly as possible.

(I said almost) for the most part, as long as you have a time machine backup everything is going to be fine when you upgrade your Mac.

The advantage of upgrading your iMac is that it will give you the most current security updates and will run better.

If you do not feel comfortable with this kind of iMac upgrade we can do it for you.

More RAM

When you upgrade your iMac with more RAM you will notice a difference in performance. I do need to mention that for a lot of iMacs upgrading the RAM may not be possible. However, there is nothing wrong with taking a look. Any iMac with 8 gigs of RAM should run nicely for most tasks.


Upgrading your Hard drive is always a good idea. Most of the older iMacs will be using a standard Hard drive (OR HD) There is nothing wrong with that however there are times when the system will slow down because the motors are starting to get old .. This is where upgrading your iMac to an SSD will show some serious improvement to the performance. (Even More so that RAM upgrades)

If your system takes forever to load but once it is loaded the system seems to work correctly there is a good chance you will need to upgrade to an SSD soon as your old hard drive is starting to fail. (ALWAYS BACKUP)

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