Some iMac questions ...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cmeisenzahl, May 31, 2015.

  1. cmeisenzahl macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2005
    We have a late 2012 iMac that we like. But thinking about getting an iMac for the family. Considering a new one (21.5") or maybe one of the ones in the refurb store. Looking at the 2.7Ghz i5.

    1. How much faster are the new/current iMacs than the ones in the refurb store from 2013?

    2. Can I add RAM easily to the 2013 models? To the new/current models?

    Any other words of wisdom?

    Thanks very much in advance.
  2. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    The late 2012 and later 21.5" doesn't have easily-accessible RAM, although the 27" models do.
  3. as11ley macrumors 6502


    Aug 19, 2013
    United Kingdom
    In short, no. The late 2013 iMacs are not really worth upgrading to if you already have a 2012 model. It will probably be a better idea to wait until WWDC to see if Apple bring out any new hardware. However, I actually have a late 2013 21.5'' 2.7Ghz i5 and it is a pretty decent machine. The Iris Pro Graphics are pretty powerful for light to moderate gaming.

    Since the intro of the Slim unibody iMac, it has not been easy to upgrade the RAM on the 21.5''. This is due to the fact that it no longer has an access door for it, so to replace the RAM involves removing the screen and the logic board. Not for the faint hearted.
    Hope this helps :)

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