Reign in your shock. We know, it’s difficult, but it’s happening: iMacs can now be upgraded.
Apple has lauded the iMac 4K amazing features and specs in a press release, but the biggest news comes from an iFixIt report. They did a step by step teardown of the iMac 21.5″ Retina 4K 2017 and lo and behold, the possibility of upgrades.
Has Apple finally listened to our pleas? So far, you could only replace these components in the bigger, 27 inch set-ups.
Here are the official specifications of their newest and shiniest iMac:
- 3.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.5 GHz)
- 43% brighter display with 4096 × 2304 resolution
- 8 GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 memory
- Radeon Pro 555 GPU with 2 GB of VRAM
- 1 TB (5400-rpm) hard drive
- 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2
And here is the line we never expected to see, at least not in our lifetime:
“The CPU and RAM—two of the components you are most likely to upgrade at some point—are both modular.”
2013 was the last year where you could replace the CPU in your iMac, while the ability to replace RAM in an 21.5 inch iMac was lost in 2013, so this is amazing news.
One last thing though: don’t get too excited just yet. While it’s a step in the right direction, the replaceable components are hidden behind the logic board and display. Upgrading will also void your warranty.
Win some, lose some. What do you think? Is it more win or just Apple trying to please a small userbase?