21.5-Inch iMac Currently Unavailable to Order With Upgraded 512GB or 1TB SSD

For the past few days, the 21.5-inch 4K iMac with either 512GB or 1TB of SSD storage configuration has been unavailable for order on Apple's website. Other configurations, such as the lowest-end 256GB SSD option or 1TB Fusion Drive storage option remain available, however.

Screen Shot 2021 02 25 at 7

While there are rumors of an updated ‌iMac‌ launching this year, the current lack of availability for the higher-end storage options is likely due to a component shortage rather than a sign of an imminent launch. Both the 512GB and 1TB SSD storage options are popular upgrade items as well, which makes for a significant inconvenience for buyers looking to purchase an ‌iMac‌ right now.

Timing for a launch of the redesigned ‌iMac‌ remains unclear, so we'll have to hold tight to see whether we get an update or Apple's component shortage is resolved for the current models. It's quite rare for Mac configurations to be completely unavailable for ordering, with Apple usually just pushing shipping estimates out significantly in cases of component shortages or stock drawdowns ahead of updates.

Related Roundup: iMac
Buyer's Guide: iMac (Don't Buy)
Related Forum: iMac

Top Rated Comments

jz0309 Avatar
16 months ago
there is a semiconductor shortage that affects a lot of industries, eg automotive and also gaming consoles ...
so it's a component shortage imho ...
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
carrrrrlos Avatar
16 months ago
If only one could buy the base model and upgrade the storage themselves.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
16 months ago
Please please please please please please please please please please please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I need an iMac. I love my iPad Pro, but it’s just not cutting it. And my 2016 MacBook Pro had to go, because it took like 3 1/2 minutes just to login and get the thing started.
so I refuse to buy the iMac 21.5 inch that was last updated almost 2 years ago, and is using years old Intel processors.
So please, keep the same design if you have to, and just stick a regular M1 in there for now, but I just need some kind of upgrade.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeTom Avatar
16 months ago
I know three people ready to buy iMacs once they move over to Apple Silicon... c'monnnnn Apple do your thing...
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Lounge vibes 05 Avatar
16 months ago

Get a Mac Mini and a screen instead.
well let’s see.
The Mac mini would probably end up being about $1000 once I factor in upgrades and taxes.
then I don’t have an Apple keyboard, or any keyboard at all, so that’s about another 130 bucks.
The magic trackpad is another 130 bucks.
A nice set of speakers is probably another hundred dollars.
A nice Display is probably another thousand dollars or so.
Before you know it, I’m close to $2500, with a messy and complicated set up, with Limited I/O.
webcam is another $100.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aesc80 Avatar
16 months ago
Wow ... how to make a cruddy "out of date" computer more "out of date"? Strip it of full blown SSD options with reasonable space. That's how you do it! Might as well donate those other machines to charity.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

imac 27 inch

Apple Discontinues 27-Inch iMac

Tuesday March 8, 2022 11:08 am PST by
Following the launch of the new Mac Studio and Studio Display, Apple has discontinued the 27-inch iMac. The 27-inch iMac had remained in the iMac line alongside the smaller 24-inch iMac with Apple silicon and was one of just a few Macs that still featured an Intel processor. Now with the 27-inch Studio Display that can be connected to any Mac, Apple has seemingly felt there is no need for ...
imac color options

Deals: Apple's 24-Inch iMac Hits New Low Price of $1,199 ($100 Off)

Wednesday February 16, 2022 6:13 am PST by
Amazon today has a pair of all-time low deals on Apple's 24-inch iMac, starting with the entry-level 7-core GPU/256GB model in Green for $1,199.00, down from $1,299.00. This $100 off sale is only available in Green, and it's currently in stock and ready to ship from Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may...
iMac 27 Isolated Feature Blue

27-Inch iMac With Nano-Texture Display Unavailable From Apple Until Late March

Thursday January 27, 2022 7:29 am PST by
The 27-inch iMac with a nano-texture display is unavailable from Apple in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and several other key markets until late March, possibly due to more advanced manufacturing processes needed to achieve the glass coating. The updated 27-inch iMac released in 2020 offers customers a nano-texture glass option that helps reduce reflectivity by etching the...
m1 imac colors

Deals: Apple's M1 iMac (8-Core GPU, 256GB) on Sale for All-Time Low Price of $1,349.99 in Every Color

Wednesday February 23, 2022 8:38 am PST by
Amazon today expanded its sale on the 24-inch M1 iMac (8-core GPU, 256GB) to include more colors, available for $1,349.99, down from $1,499.00. This sale price won't be seen until you add the iMac to your cart and receive an automatic coupon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which...
mac studio ssd

Mac Studio Storage Not User-Upgradeable Due to Software Block [Updated]

Monday March 21, 2022 8:40 am PDT by
Update: The Mac Studio requires an IPSW restore after changing its SSD modules to ensure that they are readable and able to boot. Running a Device Firmware Update (DFU) restore using the macOS IPSW package for the Mac Studio should enable the machine to boot from a different SSD, providing that both of the modules are of the same size and make, meaning that storage upgrades still appear to be...
iMac Deals Red

Deals: Apple's 24-Inch iMac Hits Record Low Prices at Up to $150 Off

Monday March 21, 2022 9:05 am PDT by
B&H Photo is offering a few solid deals on Apple's 24-inch iMac, starting with the 7-core GPU/256GB model for $1,199.00, down from $1,299.00. This price is only available in the Pink color, and Silver is at a second-best price of $1,229.00 on B&H Photo and Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a...
iMac M1 Raindow Feature Spread out

Deals: Apple's M1 iMac Available for Lowest-Ever Prices on Amazon

Wednesday January 5, 2022 6:28 am PST by
Amazon is offering discounts on Apple's 24-inch M1 iMac in two configurations this week. Discounts start with the 7-core GPU with 256GB, priced at $1,249.00, down from $1,299.00. This sale is only available in Silver. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Amazon. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. This...
iMac Blue Isolated

The 27-inch iMac Could Be Sticking Around – But Not in the Way You Expect

Monday December 6, 2021 2:09 am PST by
After over a year of rumors about a larger, high-end iMac model with Apple silicon, it seems that the 27-inch iMac may not be disappearing in the way that some observers expected. Earlier this year, the reliable leaker known as "L0vetodream" said that the rumored high-end iMac model set to replace the current 27-inch model will feature a larger display. Apple already gave the entry-level...

Popular Stories

apple ar headset concept 1

Apple's Headset Said to Feature 14 Cameras Enabling Lifelike Avatars, Jony Ive Has Remained Involved With Design

Friday May 20, 2022 6:50 am PDT by
Earlier this week, The Information's Wayne Ma outlined struggles that Apple has faced during the development of its long-rumored AR/VR headset. Now, in a follow-up report, he has shared several additional details about the wearable device. Apple headset render created by Ian Zelbo based on The Information reporting For starters, one of the headset's marquee features is said to be lifelike...
iPhone 14 Purple Lineup Feature

Will the iPhone 14 Be a Disappointment?

Saturday May 21, 2022 9:00 am PDT by
With around four months to go before Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 14 lineup, the overwhelming majority of rumors related to the new devices so far have focused on the iPhone 14 Pro, rather than the standard iPhone 14 – leading to questions about how different the iPhone 14 will actually be from its predecessor, the iPhone 13. The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are expected...
sony headphones 1

Sony's New WH-1000XM5 Headphones vs. Apple's AirPods Max

Friday May 20, 2022 12:18 pm PDT by
Sony this week came out with an updated version of its popular over-ear noise canceling headphones, so we picked up a pair to compare them to the AirPods Max to see which headphones are better and whether it's worth buying the $400 WH-1000XM5 from Sony over Apple's $549 AirPods Max. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. First of all, the AirPods Max win out when it comes ...
studio display 3

Apple's Rumored 27-Inch Mini-LED Display Now Said to Launch in October

Friday May 20, 2022 8:07 am PDT by
Apple now plans to release a new 27-inch display with mini-LED backlighting in October due to the Shanghai lockdown, which has resulted in production of the display being delayed, according to display industry consultant Ross Young. In a tweet, Young said Apple is in the process of moving production of the display from Quanta Computer to a different supplier and/or location, resulting in a...
HomePodandMini feature green

Kuo: Apple to Release New HomePod in Late 2022 or Early 2023

Friday May 20, 2022 8:55 am PDT by
Apple is working on an updated version of the HomePod that could come in the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo says that there "may not be much innovation in hardware design" for the new HomePod, and there is no word on what size the device will be and if it will be a HomePod mini successor or a larger speaker. Apple would ...
airtag purple

Best Apple Deals of the Week: Save on AirTag, AirPods 3, and iPads

Friday May 20, 2022 8:01 am PDT by
Solid markdowns on the AirTag, AirPods 3, and a few iPad models were introduced this week, and below you'll find all of the best deals of the past few days that are still available to purchase. AirTag Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. What's the...