Now We Are Able To Customize The Base Line 21 Inch iMac With Fusion Drive?

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  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Nara, Japan
    I just checked the apple website. I couldn't believe my eyes. Is it true? :eek:
  2. Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Looks like there's now less reason to buy the 21.5-inch: 2.9GHz model
  3. macrumors 603



    Just checked the UK store, available there.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Nara, Japan
  5. macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2012
    Now we just need some SSD + HDD options and everyone will be happy.
  6. C-Dub, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    1tb fusion option is available via the apple store app as well
  7. macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    Interesting. Maybe they ran out of mobos without SSD sockets.

    Tech specs page isn't updated yet.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Nara, Japan
    The Fusion drive option is good enough already for people like me. :p

    So glad I didn't jump onto purchasing the maxed out 27 inch yet. Still need time to think. :)
  9. macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2010
    Location: a Sun Chung wu xia

    I wonder how much of that is demand?

    Seems like it pays to wait when multiple configurations of a new Mac are released now, as addtional customization is eventually offered anywhere from 1-6 months down the line.

    I have yet to find a fusion drive version iMac in apple's stores, but that's only part of the deal killer for me. *Thinks this is probably why the Mac Mini I played with last week launched so much quicker than the new iMacs at one store.

    Even so, I'm glad everyone has more options with the base 21.5" iMac now.
  10. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Nara, Japan
    Pity those who got the high-end 21.5 inch imac just to be able to upgrade to the fusion drive
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2013
    Maybe I'm the first! Ordered 21 base w/ Fusion today when I saw this thread. Just need a hub Mac to web browse, mail, some minor photo video editing, backup iPad and Touch.

    I have a build-my-own PC, but really just done with all that since my work computer is a 13" Air. I almost picked up the base on that Friday they came out in the Apple store, but with my experience with SSD on the Air, there was no way I was going w/ a spinning disk.

    Was playing around with the 27, very nice, but just don't need all that desktop for what I'm going to do with it. With the education discount, my 21 w/ fusion comes to $1474 before taxes. Not going to utilize $180 in additional 8gb of ram and don't need the extra GHz on the processor. If I went with the 27, I would have wanted to get the 680 which would have brought the price tag up to ~$2260.

    I contemplated a Mini w/ monitor, but once I saw fusion available on the base iMac, it became clear that a base iMac w/ fusion was the going to be the best bang for my buck.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2007
    Interesting. I wonder if/when they'll update the 27" options with more SSD choices. It's got to happen at some point, once they've finished milking the early adopters.
  13. macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
    Apple did this with the 15" MBP Retina

    Apple did this with the BTO options on the 15" Macbook Pro Retina after it launched. Here's the Macrumors story from August 1, 2012:

  14. macrumors G3

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    You mean like me? I think I'll get over it. Very happy with my specs thank you!
  15. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    I didn't want to overdo it, so went with the base Fusion 27" fits my needs perfectly:D
  16. macrumors 68030


    I find it disappointing that you can't get more than 512MB video memory on all but the top 27" model, where you have a choice of 1GB or the GTX 680MX with 2GB. The 1GB would have been nice as an option for the other 3 models.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    LOL, being early adopter is not a safe business... all those who were buying high 21incher just for fussion cant be happy today:(
  18. macrumors 6502

    Mar 22, 2011
    Is there any way at all to complain, exchange or similar?
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 20, 2010
    :rolleyes: Big deal. What about giving us more affordable SSD-only options. I never gonna get a fusion drive, to me it's just a cheaper compromise to proper SSD setups - retaining all the negatives of the old-fashioned HDs.
    By getting an all SSD solution, you get a more reliable machine, faster (all the time), less noise, less heat etc..


    Let's us not get carried away. It was added as an option to the "low-end" iMac 21.5. You should have ordered the "high-end" 21.5 iMac instead, if you wanted fusion.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    What if he ordered the "high-end" 21.5" iMac just to get Fusion Drive? Now it's available on the "low-end", thus making him feel robbed out.

    Now all we need is the option of getting the GTX 680MX on the base 27", then I'm all set! :D
  21. macrumors member


    Oct 16, 2011
    I don't think anyone (including Apple) would disagree that pure SSD is better; but to average consumers, capacity is critical and cost is prohibitive.
  22. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Nara, Japan
    Congrats on your new iMac :)


    Lol. I just want the option to be able to customize the base 27 inch for a better graphics card. Will apple make that option too in the future?
  23. macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    Sweden & California
    I wonder if this means that base, non-fusion, 21.5" will have a functioning SSD slot so that you may add your own proprietary SSD blade for less than $250?
  24. macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2012
    Eastern Shore, USA
    In the US, you should be able to get a full refund and order a new one, until Jan 7. Should apply whether online or in a physical store.

    Extended Holiday Return Policy

    Items purchased at the Apple Online Store that are received between October 27, 2012 and December 25, 2012, may be returned through January 7, 2013. Please note that all other terms and conditions provided in the Apple Online Store are still applicable. This holiday return policy does not apply to iPhone or wireless service contracts. All purchases made after December 25, 2012 are subject to the standard Apple Online Store return policy , which requires returns to be made within 14 calendar days of the date of receipt. For more information, refer to the Apple Online Store.

    Holiday Return Policy

    Items purchased at an Apple Retail Store between October 27, 2012, and December 25, 2012, may be returned with an original receipt or Gift Receipt through January 7, 2013. If the item is returned in the original box, with the original packaging, we will exchange it or offer you an Apple Gift Card. Refunds will be granted through January 7, 2013 only when an original purchase receipt is provided and will be based solely on the original method of payment.
  25. Rich2Putt, Jan 5, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013

    macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2011
    Count me in :mad:

    On a positive note, the 21.5 I received is flawless and I am not looking back. As my first iMac, I'm enjoying a new experience after 20+ yrs of pc use.

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