21.5-inch Apple iMac 2012 cannot be upgraded

The forthcoming 21.5-inch Apple iMac all-in-one will not be user upgradeable, according to reports.

Softpedia says that the new iMac’s design and construction (apparently the RAM is soldered to the logic board) means that users have no choice but to stick with the amount of memory they select when purchasing the desktop. There is a choice of either 8GB or 16GB.

Previous iMac models have been upgradeable, at least when it comes to RAM. Users can unscrew a small panel, slide out the sticks of memory and replace them with faster modules.

Because buying RAM from a third-party retailer is far cheaper than paying Apple’s prices, this has been an understandably popular feature. Happily, it continues with the larger of the new Apple iMacs: the 27-inch model can be configured with 8GB, 16GB or 32GB of RAM at purchase, or user upgraded later.

Apple has been moving towards non user-upgradeable products recently, beginning with the MacBook Air and continuing with the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (and most likely the 13-inch model also announced this week). So if you’re someone who values the ability to add some extra zip to your computer later in its lifetime, your choices for a Mac are becoming a little more limited than they used to be.

The new Apple iMac models will be available in the UK in December. Prices are yet to be confirmed.

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