Seems from iFixit’s latest dismantling of the new range of iMacs released just yesterday that both the CPU and GPU are removable. This opens up the possibility of upgrading your iMac if either should fail in the future, or simply replacing either with faster version at a future date. This is great news for those of us who hate having to get a new Mac just to ‘keep up to speed’. Most Apple hardware last for years, certainly longer than most PC stuff (in my experience you are lucky to get 2-3 years out of a PC whilst I have a PowerMac that still works 16 years after I bought it!).
How soon we will see actual upgrades being available is anyone’s guess but expect some to appear in the next year or so from the likes of Newer Technology. Let’s hope Apple continue this practice with future Macs, especially portables. how cool to be able to upgrade not only the RAM and HD in your Mac but the CPU and GPU as well!
- With Big Graphics, HD Cameras, And Triple Monitor Support, iMacs Are More Pro-Like (crunchgear.com)
- iFixit tears down the latest generation iMac to reveal LG display, removable GPU (tuaw.com)
- iMac teardown reveals LG display, swappable AMD graphics, optical mounted SSD (9to5mac.com)
- New iMacs (up2dateapple.com)
- iMacs Get Upgrade From Apple (abcnews.go.com)
- The New 2011 iMacs: Specs and Details (anandtech.com)
- Apple’s 2011 iMac undergoes teardown, shows off fancy new upgrades (engadget.com)
- Apple upgrades iMacs with quad-core processors (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Apple upgrades iMacs with quad-core processors (sfgate.com)
- Apple upgrades iMacs with quad-core processors (seattlepi.com)
- Apple updates iMac desktop computers with newer Intel processors (oregonlive.com)
- Boot Camp update for Thunderbolt iMacs available (tuaw.com)