Apple refreshed the iMac range yesterday with Retina 4K screen for the 21.5 inch model and upgraded processor. If you’re one of those excited keen buyer, please take note of the reduced specs of the 1TB Fusion Drive.
A Fusion Drive pairs a traditional hard drive with a speedy flash storage. OS X will automatically move those frequently accessed files onto the flash storage to speed up the access. Before this iMac refresh, Apple uses 128 GB of flash storage for its 1TB, 2TB and 3TB Fusion Drive models. In the new iMac, 1TB Fusion Drive now comes with a measly 24GB flash storage. The 2TB and 3TB Fusion Drive options for the new iMac luckily remains unchanged with 128GB of flash storage.
The 1TB Fusion Drive pairs a 1TB hard drive with 24GB of fast flash — enough to store important OS X files and applications to ensure fast startup, near instant wake from sleep and quick application launching, with room left over for your most frequently used files and apps. The 2TB and 3TB Fusion Drives pair a larger hard drive with 128GB of fast flash storage, providing even more space for your most frequently used files. For the best performance, iMac systems with 32GB of memory should be configured with a 2TB or larger Fusion Drive or all flash storage.
To see the above excerpt, go to Apple website and configure to buy the new iMac. Click on “How much storage is right for you?” under the storage option.
Apple is recommending you to get the 2TB or 3TB model if you’re getting 32GB of memory. Your next best option is to pay an extra $300 for the 2TB Fusion Drive, or pay an extra $200 for the full 256GB Flash Storage. Not sure who in Apple decided on the downgraded specs. This is kind of reminiscent of the 16GB iPhone, a strategy to encourage you to spend more to upgrade.