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Hi Guys,
Been saving for a new 27" iMac since my windose laptop was failing,
The laptop has now "gone to heaven, may have gone somewhere else the way it was behaving )
I'm now down to just the iPad until funds accumulate a little more

I have noticed that the price of the 768GB SSD has dropped a little, do you think it will go any further?

I now have a hat full of CF cards, all with raw files that have yet to be processed, the workload is mounting

Our financial year ends 30 June, was hoping to get a maxed out 27" under $4000?
What are my chances?

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If you are talking about the one that Apple offers as an upgrade when you buy an iMac, then it likely won't see a price drop until the next time they update that line. And that may be a year away, perhaps less, for all we know. A Fusion Drive would be a much better value.


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If you are talking about the one that Apple offers as an upgrade when you buy an iMac, then it likely won't see a price drop until the next time they update that line. And that may be a year away, perhaps less, for all we know. A Fusion Drive would be a much better value.
Yes I am talking about the one offered with the upgrade,
My local store did mention the best time was to buy around the end of the financial year as they usually have discounts, may be just a local option I guess,
Fusion drive maybe a good option If I run short of dollars
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I have noticed that the price of the 768GB SSD has dropped a little, do you think it will go any further?
Absolutely. The price of storage is ALWAYS dropping. How much do you think I paid for a 10 megabyte hard drive back in 1988 ($500 bucks).

The price of that 768SSD will be:

- less 6 months from now
- even less 12 months from now
- even less in 24 months from now.

As I said...the price of storage is always dropping. The problem is...we cannot always wait for the price of storage to get where we want it to be...when we need the computer.

If you need a computer now...then buy the computer now with the size SSD you can afford now. If you can wait...then wait.

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Thankyou for the heads-up Nick,
I can most probably wait until the end of June so there is always hope
Your post is encouraging,
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Thankyou for the heads-up Nick,
I can most probably wait until the end of June so there is always hope
Your post is encouraging,
Just remember...my answer was mostly from a "philosophical" point of view. In the computer industry since approx. 1980ish (when personal computers got much more mainstream):

- cpu's have always been getting faster
- storage is always been getting cheaper
- the price of ram is always getting cheaper

The problem is knowing when it will happen & how quickly. That 768gig SSD is currently a $900 upgrade on the top-end 27" iMac.

- In 6 months it may cost $800
- In 12 months is may cost $750
- in 24 months it may cost $3000...due to a fire, or a labor strike, or a shortage of a key component at the factory that makes the SSD's (it has happened before)
- In 30 months it may cost $400

So if you pay $900 for a 768gig SSD today...in 30 months time when the price could potentially be $400...how does that make you feel? This is the "nature of the beast"...the price of storage in computers is almost always dropping.

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Absolutely. The price of storage is ALWAYS dropping. How much do you think I paid for a 10 megabyte hard drive back in 1988 ($500 bucks).
Sucker. I paid $400 for a 40 meg Hardcard (hard drive on an ISA board) a couple years later.

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The price of that 768SSD will be:

- less 6 months from now
- even less 12 months from now
- even less in 24 months from now.
But will Apple drop those prices in that period? AFAIK, they rarely adjust component prices until a refresh of the product line.


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Sucker. I paid $400 for a 40 meg Hardcard (hard drive on an ISA board) a couple years later.
Yes...but 12 months after you paid $400 for that 40meg HD...I think I got a 120 meg for like $350! We could go on like this forever!

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But will Apple drop those prices in that period? AFAIK, they rarely adjust component prices until a refresh of the product line.
You're probably right! Apple is usually pretty slow to adjust their prices versus the open Market (ram, HD's, SSD's). And now that the newer iMac's are virtually non-user upgradeable (at least in terms of internal storage)...Apple has even less incentive to lower prices on SSD's...or at least quickly.

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Can't even remember what I paid for storage back then.
I do remember my first x86 had a 80 MB drive. A friend that sold hard drives for a living went with me to the store. He told me I would "never" fill up a drive that size.

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He told me I would "never" fill up a drive that size.
I always LOVE these statements! But somehow...we or the computer industry always finds a way to fill them!

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I always LOVE these statements! But somehow...we or the computer industry always finds a way to fill them!

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It wasn't all that long ago we had a Sony Mavica (digital camera) that used 3 1/2 floppies as the internal storage media; we could get 60+ shots on a 720K disk.

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It wasn't all that long ago we had a Sony Mavica (digital camera) that used 3 1/2 floppies as the internal storage media; we could get 60+ shots on a 720K disk.
Yes I remember those! It always seemed very "efficient" to have a camera that used 3.5" floppies...AND have a computer with a 3.5" floppy drive. Then you could just eject & insert...no adapters or cables required!

Wow...60+ shots...that's really not all that bad. Could that camera take/read the HD 3.5" floppy's (the 1.44meg type)? That would have basically doubled the shots you could take.

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Yes I remember those! It always seemed very "efficient" to have a camera that used 3.5" floppies...AND have a computer with a 3.5" floppy drive. Then you could just eject & insert...no adapters or cables required!

Wow...60+ shots...that's really not all that bad. Could that camera take/read the HD 3.5" floppy's (the 1.44meg type)? That would have basically doubled the shots you could take.

- Nick
Can't remember if it would handle the HD floppies. But, yes, beling able to directly download to a PC was a major plus.

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Just remember...my answer was mostly from a "philosophical" point of view. In the computer industry since approx. 1980ish (when personal computers got much more mainstream):

- cpu's have always been getting faster
- storage is always been getting cheaper
- the price of ram is always getting cheaper

The problem is knowing when it will happen & how quickly. That 768gig SSD is currently a $900 upgrade on the top-end 27" iMac.

- In 6 months it may cost $800
- In 12 months is may cost $750
- in 24 months it may cost $3000...due to a fire, or a labor strike, or a shortage of a key component at the factory that makes the SSD's (it has happened before)
- In 30 months it may cost $400

So if you pay $900 for a 768gig SSD today...in 30 months time when the price could potentially be $400...how does that make you feel? This is the "nature of the beast"...the price of storage in computers is almost always dropping.

- Nick
Hi Nick,
I guess the reason I asked as in my country, the 768 was around $1300 on the online store and is now showing $1080, thought there was a "trend" happening,
Come end of June, either way, I will go the 768 SSD
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Hi Nick,
I guess the reason I asked as in my country, the 768 was around $1300 on the online store and is now showing $1080, thought there was a "trend" happening,
Come end of June, either way, I will go the 768 SSD
Regards,
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I see. The price decrease in storage devices is almost always downward...but this downward price trend may not always be as fast as we would like.

Usually the upper end (larger capacity) drives see the slowest price decrease trends...since they are more cutting edge. For example...128 or 256gig SSD's are getting fairly common...and so the prices for these are decreasing quickly.

512gig and 768gig SSD's are higher end units...with more demand...so the price remains higher. If there were 1 terabyte SSD's and larger...then the price of the 512's and 768 SSD's would probably decrease more quickly.

Good luck...hopefully the price of the 768gig SSD upgrade does drop again before you purchase your computer in June!

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