Teardown of low-end 21.5-inch iMac finds RAM soldered to the motherboard

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Date: Thursday, June 19th, 2014, 11:03
Category: Hardware, iMac, News

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You won’t be able to upgrade the RAM on the new, low-end 21.5-inch iMac.

Per MacRumors, the cool cats at Other World Computing have performed a full teardown and discovered that the 8 GB of RAM that the iMac ships with is permanently soldered to the motherboard.


To date, there is no factory upgrade option to increase the RAM beyond 8 GB. The other 21.5-inch iMacs, launched last fall, can be upgraded through the Apple Online Store from 8GB to 16GB. RAM can also be added after purchase, but it requires removal of the screen and is an extremely difficult upgrade.

The current 27″ iMac, on the other hand, has a easily accessed door on the rear of the machine that allows for simple RAM upgrades.

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