Is there a way to add a VESA mount to a 5K iMac with a stand?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stanw, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    Is there any way to remove the stand that comes with a 5K iMac and put a VESA mount on the back of it?
    I am pretty sure there are no Apple VESA mounts, though maybe some 3rd party one?

  2. DeltaMac, Jun 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2015

    DeltaMac macrumors 604


    Jul 30, 2003
    The iMac with VESA adapter is sold by Apple. It is NOT a mount accessory, it is a separate iMac model.
    It has a built-in VESA adapter, and does not include a stand.

    There might be a third-party solution. I have seen a wall mounted iMac, with the stand not touching the desk surface, so a solution might clamp on to the stand. I don't know what that adapter does.

    But - removing the foot, and replacing that with a VESA adapter, if possible, is very challenging - requires complete disassembly of the iMac, as everything mounts from inside.
  3. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    AFAIK, the stand on the riMac is not removable - that's what I've read, and describes the non-VESA riMac in our office. We have two other iMacs that are of the 2012 version, and we ordered VESA models. The only other company that makes VESA adapters for this model that I know of is "".
  4. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
  5. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    Thanks for all the replies! What about going in reverse -- if I have an iMac with the Apple attached VESA mount and want to sell it to someone not interested in an arm, is there a stand of some sort that comes close to what Apple ships the iMacs with?

  6. rmchale macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2009
    Did you ever find a solution for this? I am looking for a stand for a vesa iMac.
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    This is such an interesting point…

    I really wish Apple would sell a stand with a VESA adapter at the top of it so you could still get that normal iMac look even if you did have a VESA mount version from the factory.

    There are a couple things making me not get an iMac these days and one of them is that I would need/want a VESA mount version and I'm really really really worried about resale value on it down the line.
  8. rmchale macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2009
    Maybe the answer
    An interesting point I hadn't considered, perhaps I'm stuck with the foot on my mac and buying a vesa mount adapter if I don't want to kill resale value.
  9. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040


    Mar 19, 2008
    To me the resale value thing is *VERY* real... There are some of us out there that prefer to use them with VESA....but it does seem like the market for resale would be very small in comparison to the overall potential market for a "normal" iMac.

    Total bummer..

    Back in 2011 when I had an iMac, it was no problem for resale. I still had the stand and when I sold it I simply offered to re-mount in on the stand or leave it as is (w/ VESA adapter installed and the stand in the box). It was a much more tenable and flexible situation (from a users standpoint)... the iMac is so much thinner that we can't have an adapter that's great.... o_O
    --- Post Merged, Feb 23, 2016 ---
    Also of note - Apple appears to have killed off any hope for a Refurb VESA version....It would seem that they simplified things on their end by taking any returns or broken VESA versions they get and, since they are in for Refurb'ing anyways, just converting them back to normal iMacs with a stand...

    Great for them on the business side, no question..

    Maybe that means there would be *more* demand for a pre-owned VESA version?
    I don't know...head spinning...hah

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