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Old Jan 5, 2013, 03:48 AM   #1
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Fusion Drive Now Available as Option for Low End 21.5" iMac




As noted by MacGeneration and in our MacRumors Forums, Apple is now allowing the entry level 21.5" iMac to be configured with a 1TB Fusion Drive.

The Fusion Drive is a built-to-order option for the iMac and Mac mini that combines SSD and traditional hard drives into a single logical volume.
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With Fusion Drive in your iMac, disk-intensive tasks -- from booting up to launching apps to importing photos -- are faster and more efficient. That's because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won't even notice.
The 1TB Fusion Drive add-on is a $250 option and was previously only offered on the high end 21.5" iMac, high end Mac mini and 27" iMacs.

Article Link: Fusion Drive Now Available as Option for Low End 21.5" iMac
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 03:55 AM   #2
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Why wasn't it an option in the first place?
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 03:58 AM   #3
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Why wasn't it an option in the first place?
Maybe because the high end ones didn't sell.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 04:02 AM   #4
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Why wasn't it an option in the first place?
Early adopters are screwed again.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 04:17 AM   #5
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Early adopters are screwed again.
Great news, but yeah kinda ticked now. Would have changed how I ordered.

Still wish there was just a SSD or Flash Drive option. Some people don't require 1TB and don't want ANY mechanical HDD and the noise, heat and higher failure time that come along with them.

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The next question is, is the connector standard on all Logic boards so that you can D.I.Y. ?
I remember reading in one of the first base teardowns that it did not have the socket connector.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 05:17 AM   #6
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I remember reading in one of the first base teardowns that it did not have the socket connector.
I know, what I meant was, do they ALL come with the connector NOW.

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Still wish there was just a SSD or Flash Drive option. Some people don't require 1TB and don't want ANY mechanical HDD and the noise, heat and higher failure time that come along with them.

But those folks don't represent a high enough amount of profit for Apple to care about. Apple skates to where the puck is GOING TO be.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 08:37 AM   #8
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But those folks don't represent a high enough amount of profit for Apple to care about. Apple skates to where the puck is GOING TO be.
I agree, which is why I'm shocked there is not an SSD or Flash only option across the board. 128gb SSD drives are about the same price retail now as the 1TB 2.5" drives apple is using.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 11:08 AM   #9
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[QUOTE=azentropy;16609286]Great news, but yeah kinda ticked now. Would have changed how I ordered.

Still wish there was just a SSD or Flash Drive option. Some people don't require 1TB and don't want ANY mechanical HDD and the noise, heat and higher failure time that come along with them.[COLOR="#808080"]

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I've had my 27" with a fusion drive for 3 weeks. There's no noise at all.
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Great news, but yeah kinda ticked now. Would have changed how I ordered.

Still wish there was just a SSD or Flash Drive option. Some people don't require 1TB and don't want ANY mechanical HDD and the noise, heat and higher failure time that come along with them.[COLOR="#808080"]

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I've had my 27" with a fusion drive for 3 weeks. There's no noise at all.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 12:43 PM   #11
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Judging by the responses on this thread, I'd suggest to Apple to separate, but not divide, the iMac line, just like the MacBook with MBA & MBPro Retina.

iMac Lite: focus on thin, I mean super thin, form factor, SSD only, maybe touch screen (you know for the kids), good processing power (maybe iOS-like system?)

iMac Regular: current iMac, fusion hybrid SSD+HDD, upgradeability: difficult, better processing power

iMac Pro/Max: thicker enclosure for upgradeable HDD, upgradeability: easiest, external latch (like the RAM compartment in current model), SSD blade soldered to carry OS and critical files, high end DAC for musicians, best processing power, no touch screen, digital speakers (OK last item not possible).
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Early adopters are screwed again.
Yea. I really don't like this new trend of Apple updating BTO options after a Mac has been released. They did it with the MacBook Pro 15" retina and they are doing it again with the new iMac.

Seriously this time..... Steve would never have allowed this. Really though, this kind of behavior hardly ever happened under Steve's watch.
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Yea. I really don't like this new trend of Apple updating BTO options after a Mac has been released. They did it with the MacBook Pro 15" retina and they are doing it again with the new iMac.

Seriously this time..... Steve would never have allowed this.
Really? What option(s) did they add to the rMBP 15"?
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Should be standard in my opinion. Option to go fully SSD.
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Really? What option(s) did they add to the rMBP 15"?
http://9to5mac.com/2012/08/01/more-b...-macbook-pros/

Early adopters getting a low end rMBP were essentially locked with only a 256GB SSD and the only way to get a higher capacity was to purchase the high end rMBP, which was $600 more.
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I saw someone mention this late last year - but Apple does this to push people to the higher end, more profitable models during the initial roll out around holiday season to make more money. It's kind of slack.

Someone else mentioned that the blade 128GB drives may have had constrained stock during the holiday period but now they are up to production requirements?
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Really? What option(s) did they add to the rMBP 15"?
I think he was referring to the 13 inch rMBP
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 12:56 PM   #18
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Yea. I really don't like this new trend of Apple updating BTO options after a Mac has been released. They did it with the MacBook Pro 15" retina and they are doing it again with the new iMac.

Seriously this time..... Steve would never have allowed this. Really though, this kind of behavior hardly ever happened under Steve's watch.
Yeah, I really hate how old products get updated every year. It isn't fair to those people that bought the product 5 years ago.

Boy, I sure did get ripped off when I bought my G5 iMac because for the same price today, I'd have a 20X faster computer.

If there's one thing I sure hate, it's new options for old products. I really hate it when old products are given new legs to stand on for just a little longer.

I hope the next iPad is 2x as thick as the old one. That way, 1st gen buyers will feel a little better for once.

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Yeah, I really hate how old products get updated every year. It isn't fair to those people that bought the product 5 years ago.

Boy, I sure did get ripped off when I bought my G5 iMac because for the same price today, I'd have a 20X faster computer.

If there's one thing I sure hate, it's new options for old products. I really hate it when old products are given new legs to stand on for just a little longer.

I hope the next iPad is 2x as thick as the old one. That way, 1st gen buyers will feel a little better for once.

/sarcasm.
So you consider the iMac that's been in the market for 1 month "old"? Tell that to the 21.5" early adopters who could have saved $200 if they just waited a month.

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Seriously this time..... Steve would never have allowed this.
He kinda did with the original iPhone, even though it was just price and not features, but that's what most people are complaining about anyway since the other option costs more (and yes, they did attempt to remedy that, but I don't think this is anywhere close to that).

Do people who got the Fusion iMac have something that meets their needs, and did they need it when they bought the product? If so, nothing has changed. If people wanted Fusion but didn't want the higher end, now here's their chance. If you didn't need it and got it anyway...why? And if it really bothers you that much, sell the high-end model, and buy a new low end model. The most you could possibly save if the used high-end sells for the price of new is $200, but in reality you'd probably just break even--and that's ignoring the value you'd lose in other features. So just enjoy it.

I think this is unusual of Apple, but for a different reason. Historically, they've grouped better features with higher-end machines with no option for "mixing and matching" on lower-end models at all. (For example, the low-end late 2008 aluminum unibody Macbook didn't have a backlight keyboard, but the higher model did--in addition to a faster processor and whatnot; higher-end models have also historically come with better graphics or other features standard instead of optional, e.g., AirPort, more RAM, SuperDrive instead of ComboDrive, etc.) They're at least offering an option now.
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I want a MBP with a Fusion drive and not the Retina one...

Can I just swap the HD from a MBP with the Fusion drive in the Mac Mini?
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Yea. I really don't like this new trend of Apple updating BTO options after a Mac has been released. They did it with the MacBook Pro 15" retina and they are doing it again with the new iMac.

Seriously this time..... Steve would never have allowed this. Really though, this kind of behavior hardly ever happened under Steve's watch.
Are you kidding??....Steve was on watch when the original iPhone came out in 07 and the price was dropped by $200 only a couple months later. He has done stunts like this numerous times.

http://news.cnet.com/apples-iphone-p...3-6206367.html

A re-occurring issue with most Apple enthusiasts is that they expect the product they buy to be the latest tech for at least a year before Apple decides to up the specs again. In this rapid pace society, having expectations like that is not realistic anymore.
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Apple should offer a 1 TB hdd with 7200 rpm instead in low end macs. And of cause a bigger graphic card with at least 1 GB VRAM.

Or only a 256 GB SSD for 200 USD and a 512 GB SSD for 350 USD.
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Are you kidding??....Steve was on watch when the original iPhone came out in 07 and the price was dropped by $200 only a couple months later. He has done stunts like this numerous times.
True, but I was talking about Macs, specifically.
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Limited availability at the beginning?
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