Apple expands SSD options for configure-to-order iMacs

The iMac
The iMac

If you're in the market for a new iMac and you value raw speed over storage capacity, you may be interested in a recent change at Apple's online store. Apple is offering new storage options for iMac buyers interested in configuring their systems with Solid State Drives (SSDs), according to Eric Slivka at MacRumors. Now Apple will configure 21.5-inch and 27-inch iMacs with 256GB and 512GB SSDs. You'll add $300 or $600 to the cost of your machine, respectively.

This is particularly good news for 21.5-inch iMac customers, who up until now have been limited to two choices: either a 1TB SATA hard disk drive, or a 1TB "Fusion" drive that mixes 128GB of SSD storage and a conventional hard disk together to improve performance. Going pure SSD should speed things up even further.

Apple continues to offer a 768GB SSD as a $900 option on the 27-inch iMac, but the other two SSD sizes allow users with tighter purse strings to jump on the SSD bandwagon without paying such a heavy premium.

Peter Cohen