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    Apple released a new iMac this week that is based on the M1 chip. A couple of things are worth noting and the first is how similar the hardware is to everything else Apple is doing. For example, it has an M1 process, 8 GB RAM and 256 or 512 GB storage. There are a few other options, but look at the specs for the MacBook, MacBook Pro and iPad Pro. They are all the same!

    It’s like the old saying attributed to Henry Ford, “You can have any color you want as long as it is black.” (Did he really say that?) Now you can have any iMac, MacBook or iPad Pro as long as it has the same specs. The physical form factors are different though: Desktop, laptop and tablet, but it is odd that everything is the same.

    The other thing that stands out is the naming of the iMac. It is the 24-inch model. No it is not. Go to the iMac page tech specs and in small hard-to-read writing it says “Actual diagonal screen size is 23.5 in.”

    So what? Does it matter? Yes. The Intel iMac which it replaces was called the 21.5-inch model because the screen is actually 21.5 inches. So why isn’t the 24-inch iMac called the 23.5-inch iMac, after all, that is the screen size?

    Apple could have rounded down the size and called it the 23-inch iMac. It is good practice to give people more than they expect and no-one is going to complain about the screen being bigger. They might complain about buying a 24-inch iMac and only getting 23.5 inches. Giving people less than they expect or paid for is bad business practice.

    Rounding up the screen size to 24-inches is simply trying to fool people into thinking the screen is bigger than it really is. Technically, 23.5 rounded up to a whole number is 24, but why didn’t they call the old 21.5-in iMac the 22in model then?


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    Roland Waddilove

    This could simply be a change in naming convention and Apple dropping the decimal point on iMac models. As you say, 23.5 rounded to the nearest whole number is 24, so it is mathematically correct. However, it is not a good idea in business to promise more than you actually deliver. I don’t know legal stuff, but isn’t it wrong? It must be against some law, surely? Any legal experts here?

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