The new iMacs, user upgradable RAM?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SilentLoner, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. SilentLoner macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I am sure this has been asked plenty of time but is it upgradable after initial purchase and is it easy enough to access?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For the 27", yes, it is. Apple - iMac - Technical Specifications

    The 21.5" doesn't show to be user-accessible.
  3. bflowers macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2006
    That only applies to the 27 inch. Who every said "size doesn't matter!" :eek:

    I know there are photos of an opened 21.5 inch, but wait until iFixit publishes a complete disassembly before you judge how easy it is to get to the RAM. And realize it might likely void your warranty to do it.
  4. flopticalcube, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    Looks like you have to just about completely disassemble the machine to get to the RAM. Doable but not easy.

    EDIT: Actually, from the pictures, it looks like you could be able to do this from just removing the galss as the ue RAM slot may just be accessible without removing the logic board.
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The 27" is user accessible through a cover, but the 21" is not. However, a teardown showed the 21" RAM chips are not soldered in, so if you are not afraid of pulling the cover off it looks like an enterprising owner could replace the chips in the 21". Of course you run the risk of breaking something since this is not designed to be "user serviceable."

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