Official Aftermarket SSD Upgrade from Apple, possible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Sunday Ironfoot, May 3, 2011.

  1. Sunday Ironfoot macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    I contacted Apple (via online chat) about the possibility of an aftermarket SSD upgrade for the iMac 27". I was half expecting them to just reply with a straight NO answer, but got the following reply instead:

    • Hi, my name is Smith. Welcome to Apple!
    • Smith: How may I help you?
    • Smith: Hello!
    • Smith: Hope you are having a great day!
    • You: About iMacs, since there's a 4 - 6 week wait for the SSD option, is it possible to upgrade to an SSD later if I buy the iMac now (27" model), e.g. through Apple or an authorised repair company?
    • Smith: You would only be able to upgrade with an Apple certified technican. I do not have that costs available.
    • Smith: AppleCare would have that information. But remember you would be replacing the drive and not just upgrading it.
    • You: Do you know where I could find further information?
    • You: Also if an authorised technician did the upgrade, it wouldn't void the warranty?
    • Smith: It would not.
    • Smith: you would need to contact AppleCare for further information.
    • Smith: Please ring AppleCare at 0844 209 0611. Lines are open Monday-Friday 08:00-19:45 and Saturday 10:00-17:45.
    • You: ok, thank you very much for your help =D

    So what do you think? An official aftermarket SSD install via Apple wouldn't void your warranty, and wouldn't require me to gut open my iMac.

    I might pop into an Apple Store and inquire, or just call that phone number.
  2. squat macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2011
    yes possible

    as i have already written in another thread:

    I have just spoken to a sales person at apple (germany) regarding exactly this matter. He spoke to the technical department before confirming that one could pick up the imac with 1 or 2 TB HDD today and bring it back to them or to one of their partners for an SSD upgrade.

    My Q: so after the later upgrade, HDD+SSD would be installed together and not only the HDD swapped out for SSD? His Answer: yes
    My Q: will there be an "SSD upgrade offer" of any kind? Answer: we or our partner will be able to offer you a descent and performing SSD

    and of course the warranty is not void as it would be if i had to implement the SSD myself (besides the lack of enough abilitys for such a task)
  3. Sunday Ironfoot thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2011
    Some questions of my own:

    Will I be able to choose my own SSD? Only the SSD provided by Apple?

    Any cost involved in getting an authorised technician to do the work?
  4. titatom macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2011
    Montréal, QC
    +1 bump.

    I would love to know more about this !

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