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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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    squirrelboy , May 3, 2013 4:14 PM
    wait, getting a 256gb ssd is $300 more expensive than a 1tb hdd?! damn...
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    fulle , May 3, 2013 5:25 PM
    Pricing of the SSD 300 dollars over a 1TB HDD, suggests that they're overcharging on the SSD by at least 100 dollars...
    Congratulations Apple fans! Now you can be ripped off on SSDs as well.
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    squirrelboy , May 3, 2013 4:14 PM
    wait, getting a 256gb ssd is $300 more expensive than a 1tb hdd?! damn...
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    christop , May 3, 2013 4:23 PM
    Apple owner save a 100 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443and just add this to your icrack..
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    christop , May 3, 2013 4:24 PM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148443
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    fulle , May 3, 2013 5:25 PM
    Pricing of the SSD 300 dollars over a 1TB HDD, suggests that they're overcharging on the SSD by at least 100 dollars...
    Congratulations Apple fans! Now you can be ripped off on SSDs as well.
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    bllue , May 3, 2013 5:50 PM
    Gotta keep that tradition of overcharging for storage
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    house70 , May 3, 2013 6:59 PM
    Wow! Innovation at Apple never fails. Surely they must be the first to think about something like that.
    Oh, wait... nevermind.

    At least, they're first in overcharging, but that's hardly new for them.
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    edogawa , May 3, 2013 7:05 PM
    Why am I not surprised. Apple likes to overcharge by around 30% on everything.
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    lp231 , May 3, 2013 8:18 PM
    Title is a bit misleading, it should be Apple finally adds stand alone SSDs to iMac options because Apple Fusion drive still contains a SSD along with a mechanical HDD.
    This isn't the same as hybrid HDD where you get like 4-8GB for SSD caching.
    Still Apple sheep will believe in anything so it doesn't matter.
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    velocityg4 , May 3, 2013 9:23 PM
    Don't see why everyone is complaining about the overpriced SSD. Last I checked every single computer company overcharges for custom upgrades.
    What does suck though. Is you cannot just simply go to Newegg and get an SSD to put in yourself. As they use a proprietary wiring scheme to send temperature data. So you need to wait until someone makes and adapter or MacSales (OWC) releases an overpriced drive that is compatible. As with the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro Retina.
    I just wish every PC vendor would give the option for an SSD instead of a hard drive in all laptops and desktops. For most people a 64GB SSD is more space than they will ever need during the useful life of the computer. Instead of a regular hard drive with tons of space that will never be used. Let people opt for the SSD instead. As they cost about the same as standard sized hard drives used in desktops and laptops.
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    Azn Cracker , May 3, 2013 11:15 PM
    ^ Uhh not as bad as apple... $300 more over the 1tb HDD? That means the 256 SSD costs $400, double what you can get on newegg. I mean if they overcharge by like $50 then thats ok, but this is insane.
    Also replacing the hard drive yourself may be difficult with a mac, but ive dont it with a store bought pc before. A little more of a hassle but very doable
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    razor512 , May 3, 2013 11:32 PM
    Why do they need that when no one will ever choose it. With their price markups, you would have to be insane to get an SSD from apple.
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    Chairman Ray , May 4, 2013 12:33 AM
    I'm actually surprised that Apple is only selling it for double the value. For a company that tries to sell 8gb RAM for $400, I'd say that's pretty good.
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    Timmy225 , May 4, 2013 4:38 AM
    I like the Fusion drive or have two drives, one smaller SSD for the OS and programs and another large standard for storage which is what the fusion does anyway.
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    del35 , May 4, 2013 5:17 AM
    Adding an SSD is truly a magical move. Without Apple's creativity we would be in the dark....
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    ap3x , May 4, 2013 11:16 AM
    Geez, another misleading article. SSD's have been an option on iMac since the last version. Apple just increased the size options. Another misleading article from people who favor another solution. What is up with that.
    Also for those that are surprised that a SSD is priced higher than a HDD has not been paying attention. It has always been that way. All manufacturers charge more for a SSD since it is considered an upgrade. No one charges new egg or PriceWatch/PriceGrabber prices for a manufactured machine. That is why it has always been cheaper to just build your own box rather then buy from a manufacturer. Better hardware at a lower price point in most cases. You just get virtually no support along with it. That is the trade off.
    Oh well, I guess no Apple article on Toms Hardware is complete without the normal amount of misinformation and popular hatred.
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    halcyon , May 4, 2013 11:59 AM
    I believe the thinking is that if you're buying a Mac you're not trying to save money. This philosophy isn't anything new for Apple and many folks can afford to overpay.
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    fyend , May 4, 2013 10:05 PM
    CRapple, yesterdays hardware today.
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    Pup Eterni , May 5, 2013 11:00 AM
    They're charging between $0 - $100 more than Newegg for an SSD. Don't compare traditional HDD prices to SSD. It's a new technology that is still in it's infancy. Given enough time, a 1 TB SSD will cost you the same as a 1 TB HDD does now.
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    valandis , May 6, 2013 12:37 AM
    CRapple strikes again... iSheep will buy everything they sell at any price, pretty common.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , May 6, 2013 4:53 AM
    Once again Apple is ahead of the pack, by being years behind in offering SSDs.