Apple's New 21.5 Inch iMac Taken Apart By iFixit

Apple's New 21.5 Inch iMac Taken Apart By iFixit

Apple's New 21.5 Inch iMac Taken Apart By iFixit

Moving to the teardown of new MacBook and MacBook Pro, the teardown revealed that Apple hasn't changed much from the previous versions but has now included a second-generation butterfly keyboard originally debuted with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as pointed out in a report by 9To5Mac.

Just like clockwork, the folks doing the Lord's work at iFixit have torn into the latest 21.5-inch iMac and have found that, shockingly, it can be upgraded without a trip to the Genius Bar. The bottom line? This new iMac is hard - but not impossible - to upgrade and fix.

As mentioned above, only the mid- and high-end 27-inch iMacs support 64GB of RAM, with Apple taking the time to clarify that the entry-level 27-inch model is limited to 32GB. For consumers, it means that the RAM in the iMac Pro won't be officially user-upgradeable.

Specifically, iFixit found that both the RAM (or memory), the CPU (or processor) and the 2.5-inch hard drive (not the SSD) can both be upgraded without professional help.

"An upgradable iMac is a massive shift in direction from Apple". If you're looking to make the investment and are also looking at Windows AIOs, then at least you know that it's possible to upgrade them somewhat, even if it might take some work.

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The new iMacs ship with 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory (2x4GB) in the default configuration.

While "mobile" size SO-DIMMs with ECC exist, early marketing images from Apple indicate that the company is instead using full-size DIMMs in the iMac Pro. But hey, a 3/10 is triple the score of the iMac's 2015 predecessor. When was the last time you replaced a CPU in a PC? Of course, you'll be running the gauntlet of a "Warranty Void if Removed" sticker. We'll need to wait for confirmation from Apple, or for these systems to hit the market in December, to know for sure.

Apple hasn't offered an iMac with expandable memory or modular CPU in years and the move will likely have a big say in one's decision to purchase the new iMac, as fans might feel more comfortable investing in a machine that they can later upgrade.

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