Memory in New $1099 iMac is Soldered and Not Upgradable

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    The 8GB of memory in the new, cheaper 21.5-inch iMac introduced earlier today is permanently soldered to the motherboard and is not upgradable, according to a teardown of the new machine by Other World Computing.

    The $1,099 machine includes a 1.4GHz Dual-Core i5 processor from the MacBook Air, but users are permanently locked to 8GB of RAM. There is no build-to-order option to increase it and it cannot be increased later.

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    The other 21.5" iMacs, launched last fall, can be upgraded through the Apple Online Store from 8GB to 16GB. RAM can also be added after purchase, but it requires removal of the screen and is an extremely difficult upgrade.

    The current 27" iMac, on the other hand, has a easily accessed door on the rear of the machine that allows for simple RAM upgrades.

    Article Link: Memory in New $1099 iMac is Soldered and Not Upgradable
     
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    Steve Jobs would have done this.
     
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    More good news! :eek:
     
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    Why would they do this in the iMac? Thinner versions coming next year?
     
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    not good
     
  6. macrumors member

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    This "Upgrade" only gets worse the more we know. Eddy's "best pipeline in 25 years" better have something exciting stuck in it.
     
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    Bad sign if there is a new Mac Mini.
     
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    Is there anyone who didn't expect this?

    Is there anyone who expected it to be upgradable? I didn't.

    Yeah, it's possible in the other 21.5 inch iMacs, but it's not exactly easy. Apple clearly didn't intend for users to do it, and with the new lowest end machine that is essentially more MacBook Air than iMac, nobody could've possibly expected upgradability.
     
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    What a slap in the face. This new iMac really just reinforces the perception that Apple's hardware is overpriced and underperforming. /smh
     
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    So lame. I Hate that they make it just about impossible to upgrade the HD in the iMac and charge a ridiculous premium on the initial upgrade. Now restricting memory? Maybe people can't afford the upfront cost and want to upgrade over time.... just lame...
     
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    I'm not surprised either. I even think Apple will one day solder the RAM in all the 21.5" iMac models.
     
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    Consumers don't want upgradeable parts. They don't care. This is a sensible move from Apple and I support it 100%.
     
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    I'm struggling to think of a way that Apple could have made this any worse :confused:

    I suppose they haven't soldered the case shut yet...
     
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    This sucks. Not cool at all Apple
     
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    That's a false assumption. There are lots of us who would like to be able to upgrade our Apple computers. Specially considering the kinda absurd premium prices Apple asks for if we want to upgrade them prior the purchase.

    Edit: And what advantages did this move bring to the consumer, to deserve your 100% support?
     
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    I'm assuming the people buying this model wouldn't be upgrading the memory and those complaining about it would never buy this model in the first place.
     
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    Hahaha wow
     
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    I accepted this in the rMbp cause of how thin it is and being a portable device. On and iMac this is unacceptable. I can't think of any legit reason for this.
     
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    Well done! Slow hand clap. You made an inane comment with you very first post. Look forward to more in posts to come.
     
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    I still don't see that as a reason to solder the ram in. I really don't.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    Those of you who upgrade your computers yourself probably should have a 27" anyway.
     
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    Mediocre update... I expect something big this year. Retina iMac, retina Thunderbolt Display, retina MacBook Air... I can only hope. :apple:
     
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    I'm not saying its a valid reason. But I've no doubt most of the complaints about it will come from people who have zero intention of ever buying this model.
     
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    exactly
     
  25. macrumors member

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    8GB of RAM should already be the standard on every new computer shipped so that way people wouldn't need to upgrade it. I still use 4GB but have yet to have a good reason to maximize it.

    But don't agree much with the storage capacity. I mean I need at least 1TB. These flash storage chips and SSDs are way to expensive and still provide little storage capacities.
     

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