New 27" iMac Not Compatible With VESA Mounts

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has long supported VESA mounting brackets for its larger displays, including the 27" iMac, the 27" Thunderbolt and 24" and 30" Cinema Displays. With Apple's adapter bracket, the desk stand can be removed and the display can be attached to any VESA-compatible mount.

    However, the new, thinner 27" iMac, does not support VESA mounting according to an email from Apple obtained by MacTrast. This is also noted in a compatibility note for the Apple VESA Mount Adapter Kit on the Apple Online Store.
    iMac owners frequently mount their machines to wall brackets for use as kiosks or other commercial displays, or to attach them to an articulating wall mount for flexible placement.

    (Photo courtesy Flickr/Jaysin Trevino)

    Article Link: New 27" iMac Not Compatible With VESA Mounts
  2. macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    The height of those iMac's on the wall looks uncomfortable.
  3. macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
  4. macrumors 603


    Aug 5, 2010
    Blah this is why I find the thinness obsession to be weird. It doesn't take up less desk space as the depth footprint of stand plus machine is virtually identical. In this case it lost functionality for the moment. The purpose of thinning out a design should be to better accommodate spatially constrained installations. I wonder if this will be updated.
  5. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2012
  6. macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    It's way too high and may cause neck problems.
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2006
    Old news MacRumors, we've known and discussed this since the first 27" iMac arrived in user's hands.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    While the recent imacs support VESA, they did not for a long time. Apple's history is spotty about this type of mounting, so I had no expectation that the new imac would be supported.
  9. macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2011
    the thickness of those imacs on the wall looks uncomfortable. they'd better upgrade to the new thinner ones.
  10. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Swing-arm iMacs are the coolest. I hope the foot is at least removable from the new ones. Then third parties can make whatever mount or adapter they want.

    The thinness of the new iMacs has ZERO benefit, except for style.

    Then again, for a piece of furniture in your home/office, style matters a lot! (And optical drives were going to become a niche option no matter what.)

    Speaking of style... come on, Apple! Make the keyboard keys and the mouse black! White cables? OK. That’s a signature Apple thing. But white peripherals? On a black computer? How much cooler would these iMacs look with black keys and mouse?
  11. macrumors 68000


    Jul 22, 2002
    It's a shame VESA is no longer supported, it doesn't affect me now but what if I wanted to change things in the future.

    I wonder if some would be willing (or able) to cut of the bottom of the leg and attach an adapter to the remaining part to make it work?

    Apple, two steps forward, one step back...
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2009
    It would make more sense to take the stand off entirely (It's possible if you open the machine) and attach a makeshift mount.


    Or both, you could do both? :D
  13. macrumors 68040


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Is it me or is Apple slowly turning from a respected maker of high-quality, versatile products into a company that makes "cheap disposable crap", only without the cheap part?

    That's certainly what it looks like! Some examples:

    - Screens held on with GLUE??
    - No VESA mount for the iMacs
    - Non-user replaceable hard drives on both models, and memory too on the smaller one
    - Completely non-user-serviceable batteries in most mobile products (you can still swap the battery relatively easily in the iPhone and non-retina Macbook Pros but how long until the latter are discontinued?)

    There's more... but it's disappointing. I wouldn't mind if there was a price reduction to coincide with increased product "cheapness" but it's all expensive as ever.
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2012
    All the people complaining that there is a lack of credit on this news article are probably the ones who say that Apple doesn't innovate lol...


    I wouldn't call it cheapness. It is still made from aluminium and glass vs a plastic competitor. I wouldn't call pushing design further cheapness either even if you do not like the design.

    Apple designs there products not to be opened by the user otherwise they would be making fat boxes like PCs to gain access to every component. They like to keep things simple and easy to choose. Imagine if there was a build your own mac where you could buy all the parts you needed from an Apple store and assemble it yourself. Apple would have a whole new nightmare to deal with. Steve Jobs said "don't spread yourself too thin".

    While Apple may prevent access to user replaceable parts, it focuses on other things that competitors don't. Maybe you can call competitors cheapness for their lack of design innovation too but we already all do that anyway.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2005
    Apparently Tim Cook wasn't quoted as saying:

    "Yeah, it's true, new iMac is not compatible with VESA mounts. This is because once you buy enough iPads, you will find they are so magical, the magic will rub off on the user - they will find they can soon make iMac levitate by the sheer power of thought. We're doubling down on magicalness. Or should that be doubling up? Either way, we're doubling it."
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2010
    Not VESA Compatible... Yet.

    I'd take this as less of a "it's never going to be compatible" and more of a "we haven't developed a bracket that's the right shape for the new bubble back yet." I wouldn't be surprised if we see a new part number VESA bracket in the future. They already sell two different brackets for the old flat displays and the later curved back models.
  17. macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Cary, NC
    I think it's more than just a new bracket. Looking at the pictures of an open 27 would seem to suggest that the placement of the screws holding the stand would only be accessible from the inside.
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  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2010
    The iMac is so light the "spider" could handle it. Give third party people a chance I bet they can come up with something good!
  20. macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    Seems like some people are completely missing this. You should change this to "Current VESA mounts". They'll easily come out with a new way to make them compatible. Give them time. Not everything happens instantly.
  21. macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    Most of the time. "At this time" means "I'm sorry but you're screwed. Deal with it"
    Don't take PR on every words. It's part of the job.
  22. macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    ...and for what, a few more millimetres of thinness. Form over function at its finest.
  23. macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2004
    New Zealand
    It is you...
  24. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2009
    Didn't they need to do the same thing when they moved from either the white-backed PowerPC/1st gen Intel to the Black-backed ones? Or maybe it was the move from plastic-backed to the unibody?

    They've done it before...
  25. macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003

    Pretty sure everyone feels this way. The thinness factor only really works up to a point, and even then...

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