The New 2017 iMac: Notes & Tidbits on RAM

Buying a New iMac? Here's What You Need to Know About 2017 iMac RAM Upgrades

No, it's not 1 April, iFixit has indeed confirmed that Apple's new-and-improved 21.5in iMac is upgradeable. The 21.5-inch iMac from 2013 was the last model to sport expandable memory, while the last one with a modular CPU was in 2012.

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.

Keeping with this awkward tradition, the RAM situation for Apple's new iMacs is still just as confusing.

Even if you decide to void the warranty, you will need specialized tools, guide, and of course skill to reach the internals of an iMac. We don't have upgrade pricing yet, but we do know that the iMac Pro's $5,000 base configuration with ship with 32GB of RAM, and that buyers will have the option to upgrade to either 64GB or 128GB at purchase.

As a matter of fact, the 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K Display isn't officially upgradable, it is just what the teardown revealed. To even open the iMac's cover, you'll have to slice through adhesive with a tool that looks like a tiny pizza cutter. iFixit also found that the right speaker, which needs to be removed for full access to the motherboard, is much more hard to pry out than the ones in previous iMacs.




Don't expect upgrades to be easy, however.

"[The CPU] isn't the most accessible thing in the world-it's flipped onto the backside of the logic board, trapped behind a lot of other components, and buried under a glued-down pane of glass-but for the first time in years it's possible to replace or upgrade the CPU without a reflow station, and that's a big win", iFixit said. "We can hardly believe our eyes", notes iFixit. "Maybe Apple reverted to a socketed CPU because that's all Intel is offering at the moment".

As for why you'd want to upgrade your new iMac's RAM yourself, the answer is easy: price.

Next up is LG's newest panel, which features a much brighter 500-nit display (Apple claims a 43 percent improvement) and 10-bit dithering.

If you're interested in learning more, head over to iFixit's breakdown.

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