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Apple Finally Adds SSDs to iMac Options

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Apple has added the option for SSD storage to its iMacs.

Up until recently, it was not possible to equip your iMac with an SSD. This excludes the 27" model, which could only be equipped with a 768 GB SSD for a massive price of about $1400. Beyond this, the closest that iMac buyers could get to equipping their iMacs with an SSD was by choosing Apple's so-called "Fusion Drive". The Fusion drive is essentially a 128 GB SSD that gets used as a caching SSD alongside a traditional hard drive. Supposedly the iMac would boot up 70 percent faster and import files up to 350 percent faster. A caching SSD places the most used files and programs on the SSD storage (As well as leave it on the hard drive) for faster access and throughput.

Now however, Apple has expanded the options for storage on the iMacs. The SSDs that can be chosen will cost $300 for the 256 GB model, $600 for the 512 GB model, and $900 for the 768 GB version. Unfortunately, for those who aren't interested in a 27" iMac, but want the 21.5" model, this machine cannot be configured to have either a 3TB hard drive, a 3 TB Fusion Drive, or a 768 GB SSD.

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    Carl Bicknell , 4 May 2013 07:54
    Some people will be pleased by this, but others will see it as further evidence that Apple is falling behind.
    They should have had this option a long time ago.
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    Carl Bicknell , 4 May 2013 07:55
    Some people will be pleased by this, but others will see it as further evidence that Apple is falling behind.
    They should have had this option a long time ago.
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    virgult , 5 May 2013 11:00
    All the other PC manufacturers are very conservative as well, I guess they're trying to milk every penny out of the SSDs before they become mainstream. Now it has become so much more cost-effective to just buy the thing with a HDD and replace it immediately, that more and more people are willing to take the risk of voiding the warranty from day 1. Maybe this trend is hurting the sales on models with bundled SSDs, and they think it's time to start selling computers that fit the users' needs out of the box.