Apple Finally Adds (Pricey) SSD Upgrade Option to iMacs

Let's start with the good news. If you want to configure your 21.5-inch or 27-inch iMac with a solid state drive at the time of purchase, there's now an option to do that on Apple's website. Depending on which baseline configuration you choose, you can swap out the mechanical hard drive for an SSD that ranges in size from 128GB to 768GB. Groovy, right?

Sure, until you gawk at the upgrade fee. On a 21.5-inch iMac, upgrading from a 1TB hard drive (5400 RPM) to a 256GB SSD costs an additional $300, or you can select a 512GB SSD for $600. Those would have been decent prices a year or so ago, but not today.

iMac SSD Prices

You have the same options on the 27-inch iMac, which comes standard with a faster 7200 RPM version of the same hard drive, or you can opt for a 768GB SSD for $900 -- ouch! Those are tough price tags to swallow with Crucial having recently announced a 960GB SSD for $600.

In any event, if you really want a SSD in your iMac, the option's there. And of course iMacs still have the Fusion drive option for a fraction of the price.
Via:  Apple
Comments
RWilliams one year ago

PCs <3

MayhemMatthew one year ago

Or you could go buy one yourself...

Clixxer one year ago

Seriously? $900 for a high cap SSD? This is when I know Apple is smoking something as well as anyone that would actually buy this.

Johnny3D one year ago

That's Apple's thing... charging more than they should for their hardware. Apple fans will think they're getting something extra special because they paid too much for it.

sevags one year ago

Mayhem; it's not that easy.. Let's forget the demographic which would buy one of these new imac's most of which would never even know how to upgrade a HDD themselves... but rather how impossible it is to replace one in the imac! The screen has to be removed for the love of Christ!!!! I have an older (2009) and the only thing you can get to are the 2 sticks of ram at the bottom of the screen bezel that is easily replaceable but that's all they give you access to. Authorized apple service centers charge $150-250 to swap out a drive but it looks like apple charges this fee even when assembling your system to order...

NTria one year ago

Apple tax.

Kidbest100 one year ago

This is a little more than "Apple Tax"...

This is madness!

Why would I do this to myself? They are probably also using hte lowest-binned SSD's available to them that will still comply with their warranty numbers...

I could build myself an entire functioning PC WITH a 128 gig SSD for that price... That is simply dumbfounding...

I shouldn't even be looking at this, it just infuriates me.

PC ALL THE WAY!

Clixxer one year ago

[quote user="Kidbest100"]

This is a little more than "Apple Tax"...

This is madness!

Why would I do this to myself? They are probably also using hte lowest-binned SSD's available to them that will still comply with their warranty numbers...

I could build myself an entire functioning PC WITH a 128 gig SSD for that price... That is simply dumbfounding...

I shouldn't even be looking at this, it just infuriates me.

PC ALL THE WAY!

[/quote]

I wouldn't say the lowest but with SSD prices been dropping gradually and the obvious bulk quantity discount you would think they could lower them a bit. I get the whole its super hard to change out so they are basically passing on the installation when you buy it new.

 

shadizzle one year ago

More reasons to not buy cr-apple!

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