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I have been excited about the possibility of retina iMac ever since Apple first introduced retina to the the Macbook pro back in 2012.

To be honest I didn't really think one would be released this year and had pretty much discounted the rumours that had been flying around in the days leading up to last weeks Apple event. If one did arrive, I expected it to be a 24" panel as that would also allow Apple to produce an external display that would work with the current thunderbolt ports on the current Mac Pro and Macbook Pro.

Even while watching the live announcement of the 5K retina iMac, my first thought was, do I now need to wait for the upgrade to the Broadwell processors, that will come sometime next year, before investing, what is quite a lot of money, on this machine.

However, after reading Marco Arment's blog post on why he is not waiting for the next-generation of processes before ordering one, I have decided that now is the time to buy.

Well, when I say now, I really mean in about a months time, which should, hopefully, be enough time for any potential problems with this first generation panel to hit the news feeds. Of course waiting a month will also give me more time to raise the money for the maxed out 4.0GHZ i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD model with the upgraded graphics card that I intend to order.

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I still mainly work using a 2008 unibody aluminium 13" Macbook. It's getting a bit old but it has the 2.4GHz processor, 8GB of RAM and on the whole still works really well for what I do most of the time. About a year ago I replaced the 250GB HD in it for a 256GB SSD from Crucial. This improved the machines performance and convinced me my little baby still had plenty of life left in it.

The main problem with a 256GB SSD is that it is only 256GB. For the last 9 months I have also been using a 2.5" external HD to store all non essential stuff as the main SSD is rather full. Carrying an external drive with you is never great and I have been meaning to do something about this for a while but never got around to it.

Last week the Superdrive in my wife's Macbook failed. After getting some ridiculous quote from the Apple store to replace it I decided that I very rarely use the superdrive in my Macbook and it might be a good idea to take it out , put it in my wife's machine and put a second HD into mine.

So I ordered a Seagate 750GB 2.5 inch SATA-II Momentus Hard Drive - 7200RPM 16MB Cache - ST9750420AS and an HDCaddy to hold it in the superdrive bay.

Hard Disk Caddy

Fitting the whole thing was pretty easy and I could have probably worked it all out myself but it's always better to get advice from someone who has done it before so I followed a YouTube video called Macbook 13" Unibody Disassembly Repair - Superdrive CD Drive Removal from Powerbook Medic

So now my 4 year old MacBook has 1TB of internal storage and is running fine. I will probably replace it in the next year but I am waiting to see what Apple does with the next round of MacBook Pros. Internal storage is important to me. The last 9 months using an external drive has been a real pain so if the next incarnation of the MacBook Pros end up moving to just SSD I might find myself buying a current generation 15" model in order to keep my storage inside the machine.

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