Soldered-in memory: New iMac without SSD upgrade options


Up until now, users could increase the memory in the iMacs themselves and install a new hard drive or SSD. This is no longer possible with the new iMac 27 inch, like reported. The blog refers to internal documents for Apple’s technicians. Macrumors has also found out that the most expensive variants with 4 and 8 TByte SSDs have an expansion port built into the logic board of the desktop computer. A further SSD should be able to be connected over it. It remains to be seen whether this is really possible. Officially, Apple has not promised any expansion option.

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Apple adds that the flash memory and logic board are paired for hardware encryption, so data will be lost if the logic board is replaced. For this reason, it is recommended that customers back up their files regularly.

The only thing left for the user to do is to connect another SSD via USB-C, but a simple retrofitting of a 256 GB SSD is no longer possible. Since Apple also dongels the hardware using a T2 chip, an exchange would probably no longer be possible anyway.

Apple already had 2018 The Verge confirmedthat the T2 chip in the new devices can be used to prevent certain hardware repairs by third parties, because the Mac first has to be restored to a functional state after some parts have been replaced. The iMac got the T2 coprocessor with the update.

Apple iMac 2020 (Image: Apple)

The new 27-inch iMac is available immediately from a price of 2,046.05 euros. It should be delivered from next week. The basic model has a six-core CPU, 8 GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 5300 GPU and a 256 GB SSD. The updated models of the 21.5-inch iMac are available from 1,266.25 euros. The out-of-round prices result from the temporary VAT reduction.

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