Teardown Reveals New Entry-Level iMac Has Soldered Memory That Can't Be Upgraded

Posted June 19, 2014 at 2:57pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 4749 views

A teardown of the new entry-level iMac by OWC reveals that the desktop has soldered memory which can't be upgraded.

Now that we’ve had time to teardown the new iMac, unlike the $1,299 iMac, we found this iMac has the memory soldered to the motherboard removing any possibility of adding additional memory. Users will be permanently locked in to the 8GB of memory, as there is no Apple factory upgrade option.

The new iMac costs $1099, $200 less than the previous entry-level iMac. It features a 1.4GHz Dual-Core i5 processor, a HD 5000 Graphics card and a 500GB hard drive.

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Pete - June 20, 2014 at 7:10am
I love Apple products and have many, but I'd hoped we'd moved on from integrated memory in computers. I wonder what the memory fail rate is? It must be pretty darn low. I can't remember the last time I had a fault module myself. Potentially have they've made this less eco friendly by making it more disposable? Lets hope the boards are relatively cheap to replace in the future. My dislike is upgradability and longevity. If it were 16Gb or maybe 12 then that's acceptable, but to be stuck on 8Gb for a modern premium computer is very poor show IMHO.
kamatis - June 19, 2014 at 6:45pm
I like how Apple makes the memory un-replaceable. If the memory gets toast, just throw away the whole computer and buy more Apple computers. Apple customers totally deserve this kind of shi tty treatment. And they will keep buying Apple products despite of this. Both Apple and Apple customers win.
Krapatis - June 19, 2014 at 7:10pm
I like how you always have to conclude shit like you're a psychic wannabe then next thing you know you've been mind fooled. For example, samshitters act like galaxy is better than iPhone next thing you realize is when iPhone gets the jd power awards for customer satisfaction, so thereby the treatments you need are meds, one to clear you're leeching brainwashed mishaps you keep getting dueled on. Would you do that in your job like if you were expecting a raise. Come back and tell me if it makes your day better or worse, either way, it's the truth that hurts you. Reality wins for Apple customers.
Geekoid - June 20, 2014 at 1:22am
Kamatis, have you ever owned a Mac? Your name means "tomato", interestingly enough.
Jake - June 19, 2014 at 3:51pm
Apple loves to say they're working to improve the environment. Releasing computers that can't have their RAM upgraded and forcing users to buy a new unit isn't doing that!
Ren - June 19, 2014 at 4:32pm
When they mean environment they mean the waste that can damage it. When did it mean for users?
Jake - June 19, 2014 at 5:42pm
Buying new computers = throwing away old one = waste to environment
Ren - June 19, 2014 at 5:46pm
Ahem, recycling computers nowadays.
DacksMac - June 19, 2014 at 3:42pm
Also... to make a computer with replaceable parts requires slots, screws, bolts, cables, struts, and guides. Room must be built into the design to allow tools and fingers access. The result is the 'old style' MacBook Pro that many of us love so much. While not nearly as 'take apartble' as your typical chunky Dell or HP, it is pretty much a joy to work on. How can you make the computer yet slimmer and lighter? Do away with all of the above and design a computer that has a logic board where every component is totally surface mounted. Drop the screws and use glue instead. The result is a computer that can't be upgraded but the cost has been trimmed along with the weight and size.
DacksMac - June 19, 2014 at 3:32pm
For me its about the user experience. I find the user experience with Apple more satisfying. On the flip side, I also prefer Linux so using OS X only makes sense. Just don't by the product that has soldered parts.
DacksMac - June 19, 2014 at 3:32pm
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