Apple makes some good-looking computers: they're made of aluminium, have impressive displays, and always push the envelope in one way or another (for better or worse). That doesn't mean they're easy to interact with. Ever try to plug something into an iMac? Yeah.
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When I was a lad, one of the big selling features when you bought a new PC was the ability to upgrade it. Add memory, plug in a second-hand drive and, if the budget allowed, swap out the processor. But over recent years, Apple has taken that ability away. Even RAM upgrades, which used to be easy, were made impossible as Apple's quest to make everything as thin as possible drove them to soldering everything in place. But iFixit has revealed in their teardown of the new 21.5-inch iMac that the memory and processor can both be upgraded.
Apparently Apple product development has been taking cues from Monty Python, declaring the Mac Pro is not dead, it's just resting. A new Mac Pro is coming although we'll have to wait till 2018 when a new design, that is more easily upgradable, will debut. It's a rare admission, I think, of an instance where elegant design has gotten in the way of function by Jony Ives' team.
Last week, Microsoft launched the Surface Studio, an all-in-one PC that is aimed squarely at creative professionals. Apple has already secured a large portion of that market with its iMac desktops but the Surface Studio is a formidable competitor. So how do they stack up against each other? Here's a detailed breakdown of the specs and the pricing for the Microsoft Surface Studio and the latest Apple iMac with Retina display.