Shortly after Apple announced the release of a lower-cost 21.5-inch iMac yesterday, Mac reseller Other World Computing performed a teardown of the device and in the process, revealed that the new model features a soldered RAM, which makes it impossible to add additional memory.
Now that we’ve had time to teardown the new iMac, unlike the $1,299 iMac, we found this iMac has the memory soldered to the motherboard removing any possibility of adding additional memory. Users will be permanently locked in to the 8GB of memory, as there is no Apple factory upgrade option.
This is the first time Apple has soldered memory to the motherboard on an iMac, but the company had probably hinted at it in its description of the new model on the Apple Online Store, which states that the desktop comes with “8 GB memory”, as opposed to “8GB (two 4GB) memory” in the descriptions for other models.
As predicted earlier, Apple has launched a new low-end 21.5-inch iMac, retailing at a starting price of S$1,488. The launch was first predicted by French site MacGeneration last week and further corroborated by a leaked product label from MacPlus earlier today.
The new iMac’s basic configuration features a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor with turbo boost up to 2.7GHz, along with 8GB of ram and a 500GB hard drive.
Update: The Apple Store is back online, with a new low-end 21.5-inch iMac available for sale starting from S$1,488.
The Apple Store has gone down across all countries, suggesting an imminent product launch – likely to be a lower-cost iMac, according to a leaked product label from French site MacPlus.
The label is apparently from an iMac set to go on sale in France beginning today. As seen from the specifications, the new iMac is a 21.5-inch model featuring the same 1920 by 1080 resolution as the current model, along with 8 GB of ram, a 5,400 rpm hard drive and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
Apple will reportedly introduce updated iMacs with faster processors next week, according to a new report by French site MacGeneration. Back in April, the site had accurately predicted the launch of refreshed MacBook Air models, which gives credence to its current claim as it is quoting the same source.
According to the report, the improvements to the iMac will likely be incremental, comprising mainly speed bumps and minor component upgrades.
Earlier reports, including a research note from renowned Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo, had indicated that Apple was planning to launch a lower-cost iMac towards the end of the second quarter. MacGeneration, however, claims that it does not have “information” on this “level of detail”.
On Monday, Apple unveiled OS X Yosemite, its next-generation operating system for Macs, at its annual developers conference. Shortly after its presentation, the company released the beta version of the software to developers, with a public beta scheduled for this summer. Developers have been tinkering around with the new OS over the past few days, with the discovery of a string of code in the system library that hints at scaled display resolutions for a possible Retina iMac.
The discovery was made by a member of French Apple forum MacBidouille and posted on the site yesterday. The posting cites a display-setting file within OS X Yosemite’s system library that contains a series of scaling resolutions of up to 6400 x 3600 pixels, or 3200 x 1800 pixels for a Retina display.
The first of these resolutions indicates hexa “00001900 00000e10″ is therefore a resolution scaling of … 6400 x 3600 (probably 3200×1800 HiDPI).
Continues and is 5760×3240 (2880×1620 HiDPI) 4096×2304 (2048×1152 HiDPI), etc..
(There are other resolutions, just make the conversion from hex)
Apple will be holding its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday, 2 June at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. As in previous years, the rumour mill has been in overdrive in the past few months leading up to the event, with countless reports chiming in about what will be unveiled. The following is a round-up of all the rumours and speculation so far:
In line with previous WWDCs, Apple will be unveiling its next-generation mobile operating system - presumably called iOS 8 – at the event. Not much changes are expected to the OS design-wise, as the company had carried out a major overhaul last year with iOS 7, eliminating skeuomorphic elements from the interface and incorporating a generally “flatter” look. As such, any design changes to the OS would likely be minor refinements to iOS 7′s existing visual interface and possible additional functionality to enhance the user experience.
Several reports have pointed to improvements for Maps and Siri, with a few floating the possibility of public transit directions for the Maps app. Apple will of course be paying close attention to the incorporation of any new features into the app, especially after the iOS 6 Maps debacle that generated a significant amount of negative publicity for the company.
Shipping times for the iMac have begun to slip on the Apple Online Store, fuelling rumours of an impending launch of new models. The desktop is now shipping in 3 to 5 business days for new orders, as compared to a lead time of 24 hours previously.
The timing appears to be fit in with a timeline proposed by Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo last month. The analyst, who is widely regarded as one of the most reliable sources of Apple information, claimed in his 2014 product roadmap that Apple would be launching new, lower-cost iMacs towards the end of the second quarter of the year.
With the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicking off next Monday, it would seem that Apple could possibly be unveiling the new models at the event. However, it should be noted that earlier reports had indicated that Apple would be focusing on software at the event, and that hardware announcements would be secondary.