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Apple Adds New 256 GB and 512 GB Flash Storage Options to iMac

Apple has added new storage options to its iMac lineup, allowing users to choose either a 256 GB or 512 GB flash storage drive as part of the order customization process. The new options are available as $300 and $600 surcharges respectively to replace the 1 TB traditional hard drive that is standard across all iMac models.

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Previously, the 21.5-inch iMac had not been available with dedicated flash storage options, only offering the standard 1 TB traditional hard drive and a $250 Fusion Drive option. Apple's Fusion Drive marries a 128 GB flash drive with a 1 TB traditional hard drive to seamlessly provide fast access to most-used files while also offering relatively cheap mass storage for the remainder of the user's storage needs. Those options remain available, but for those looking for an all-flash storage solution, Apple is now offering that in 256 and 512 GB capacities.

For the 27-inch iMac, Apple did previously offer an all-flash storage solution, but only as a 768 GB drive carrying a $900 upgrade fee. The 27-inch iMac is also available with 1 TB and 3 TB traditional hard drive options, with each of those also available in a Fusion Drive configuration. But with the addition of 256 GB and 512 GB flash options, Apple is now offering users who do not need massive amounts of storage the ability to maximize speed on their machines.

(Thanks, Steve!)

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13 months ago
Fusion Drive should be standard
Rating: 39 Positives
13 months ago
Can't believe the standard drive is 5400RPM. What a joke.
Rating: 33 Positives
13 months ago
So affordable and fair priced. :rolleyes:
Rating: 26 Positives
13 months ago

Can't believe the standard drive is 5400RPM. What a joke.


Wait for it - you'll be told that 5400 RPM is "good enough" and why the Mac is still better than a PC even with an antiquated, slow HD that costs stupid-high amounts of money.

For example, the iMac is thin! Take THAT, Microsoft Fanboys!!
Rating: 23 Positives
13 months ago

600 :eek: wtf !?!

Apple SSD Pricing. :D I can't even be angry about this, it's just hilarious.

This is for Dubai oil princes who don't know what to do with their money.
Rating: 20 Positives
13 months ago
600 :eek: wtf !?!
Rating: 19 Positives
13 months ago
Next step is to go all flash and charge extra for additional HDD storage.
Rating: 16 Positives
13 months ago
LOL,

$135 256GB SSD + $165 Apple Tax = $300 + 7% Tax = $321 for a $135 SSD
$325 512GB SSD + $275 Apple Tax = $600 + 7% Tax = $642 for a $325 SSD

And Apple gets to keep the $60 1TB 7200RPM Drive.

Pretty good deal for Apple
Rating: 12 Positives
13 months ago

Can't believe the standard drive is 5400RPM. What a joke.


It's not 1998 anymore, back when 5400rpm drives were actually slow.
The sheer density of the things often makes a 5400rpm drive quicker than 7200rpm drives were only 3 or 4 years ago.
No joke, so really not so bad either.
Rating: 11 Positives
13 months ago
so apple is basically telling us, "do not be an early adopter."

They seem to always make the most logical updates a few months into a products life cycle.

Originally our options were normal HD, fusion, or a freaking $1000 756 SSD!
Rating: 11 Positives

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