Apple's New Low-end iMac Contains Non-upgradeable, Soldered Memory
On Wednesday, Apple released a new low-end 21.5" iMac for only $1099
, and while the idea was to offer a capable machine at a fraction of the price of the higher-end models, it has been getting quite the negative press from reports all over the Internet.
We just recently shared how the machine was scoring up to 40% worse in multi-core processing
compared to the higher-end 21.5" iMac, but another negative has been discovered by well-known aftermarket computing company Other World Computing
We had wondered when we checked out the new iMac earlier this morning why there was no option to upgrade the memory in the machine, but now it has become clear to us. The memory, as you can see above, is now soldered into the main board in the computer, meaning that there is no way to upgrade the memory – neither by way of aftermarket support, nor from Apple directly from their factories.
It's also worth mentioning that the memory in the higher-end 21.5" iMac can
The new low-end iMac sports the following specs: a 1.4Ghz dual-core Intel i5 processor with Turbo Boost that can clock the processor up to 2.7Ghz when necessary, one 8GB memory module, a 500GB hard disk drive, and Intel HD 5000 graphics.
After hearing not only how poorly the machine scored compared to its bigger brother, which is only another $200, and now after learning that the machine can't even have its memory upgraded, we have plenty of reasons why you should probably pass on purchasing this low-end 21.5" iMac.
On the other hand, if you're interested in grabbing one anyway, you can learn more about the machine from Apple's online store at this link