21.5" iMac Has No User-Upgradable RAM; 27" Has Four Accessible RAM Slots

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    MacRumors

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    Consistent with Apple's quest to make its new computers as thin as possible at the expense of expandability, the new 21.5" iMac contains no user-accessible RAM slots. Instead, it can be configured with 8GB or 16GB of RAM direct from the factory. This was first noticed by Cult of Mac.

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    The 27" model, on the other hand, can be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM, and has four user-accessible RAM slots via an "easy-to-access memory panel" on the rear of the machine.

    From one of Apple's iMac marketing pages:
    The 21.5" model ships in November, while the 27" model will begin shipping in December.

    Article Link: 21.5" iMac Has No User-Upgradable RAM; 27" Has Four Accessible RAM Slots
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    It also has a slower hard drive - 5400rpm rather than 7200 previously.
     
  3. zin
    macrumors 6502

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    The 21.5" iMac's also are limited to 5,400 RPM HDDs.
     
  4. macrumors G5

    nagromme

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    There are only 17 people in the world who need to custom hand-install 16 GB of RAM in the smaller iMac.

    But all 17 of them are about to post :p And I feel your pain: you need what you need!
     
  5. macrumors 68030

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    The 21.5 model seems to have been made considerably worse in many ways.

    At least the 27 inch hasn't been ruined to the same extent it seems.
     
  6. macrumors 68000

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    Oh well, cross it off my list now too.
     
  7. macrumors member

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    You don't say?
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

    george-brooks

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    Good to hear, I was worried.
     
  9. macrumors regular

    iScott428

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    YES this is going to save me a couple hundred dollars, thanks Apple! Hey December hurry the FFFFFFFFF up.:p
     
  10. macrumors regular

    BreuerEditor

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    Thankfully we can upgrade the RAM so we don't have to pay for extremely expensive RAM from Apple and get it from good ol' reliable MacSales.com for a fraction of the cost. Looks like I'll be upgrading my Late '09 27" i7... :D:D:D:D:D
     
  11. macrumors 65816

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    RAM slots on the iMac? Is this what Tim Cook meant when he said he had something great in store for Mac Pro users?
     
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    george-brooks

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    Apple clearly wants to make the iMac a "consumer" machine again, forcing pros to buy a mac pro. I think this new iMac update almost certainly means that we will see a revived mac pro, rather than a discontinuation
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    I guess we now have truly disposable computers at much higher than disposable prices :(
     
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    zorinlynx

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    Has anyone found out if the new iMacs use 3.5" or 2.5" hard drives?

    I keep thinking they might have switched to 2.5" drives to make them thinner...
     
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    AppleMacFinder

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    You tell it like "There are only 17 iMac users who can buy and install new RAM by themselves" :eek::eek::eek:
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    I'll keep my 2011 21.5" iMac thanks. I get a 7200 RPM drive and can upgrade the RAM myself up to 32GB. I don't care if my computer is thin, I care if it's functional. Apple is going too far with their drive for thinness.
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    Apple, check ya self before ya wreck ya self.
     
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    Rudy69

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    I've never really been a fan of the 21" anyways. I really wish they would say when you'll be able to order (pre order?) the 27" though
     
  19. macrumors 68000

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    Thats too bad, personally not an issue for me as the entry level comes with 8GB, but I'm sure it'll bother a lot of people..

    Not sure why making an iMac this thin was necessary, seems we are continuing to make sacrifices..

    - No DVD Drive
    - 2.5" Hard Drive 5400RPM
    - Memory not upgradable..
    - $100 more expensive..

    At least the graphics card is faster, the 640M is slightly faster then the 6770M..
     
  20. macrumors regular

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    F*... it . I'll buy some nice Haswell Mobo and CPU next year and will make myself a Power Mac G5 hackintosh!
     
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    MrXiro

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    I'm glad to hear that the 27 inch model is upgradable the second I saw the new design I was thinking... "Oh crap... no upgradable ram?"

    I'm still on last years 27 inch though and I'm poor now, so I shall be sticking with my Fat 27inch iMac.

    I wonder if they'll upgrade the Thunderbolt monitor to look this sexy...
     
  22. macrumors regular

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    Hey, also a Galaxy Note & Mac user! :D

    OT: A shame, really. I'd have bought it if it were user-expandable, such a beautiful machine.
    Oh well, seems like I'll be buying another 2007-2009 iMac then after all.
     
  23. macrumors 68020

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    Add to the list: pray to whatever god you worship that those ram chips never have a problem! it's the difference between a cheap, 5 minute fix by installing a new ram chip, or shipping your entire computer back to apple if it happens to still be under warranty.

    It's a sad trend. Let me fix the most common things that break in a computer, Apple.

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    I think he meant the new Mac Mini with SSD options, but no more discrete graphics. ;)
     
  24. macrumors regular

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    Does it have a Kensington Lock Slot?
     
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