Flagship iMac too inflexible to be of use

Apple fanboys often justify the fact that they have to sell a kidney to afford a flagship iMac on the grounds that you get quality when you spend that sort of cash.

Of course, quality implies that the machinery will be around for a few years to justify that level of expenditure.

However, Apple’s latest 21.5-inch iMac is increasingly looking more useless. We already reported on how Apple was refusing to allow users to upgrade RAM on the beast, but now it looks like things are a little worse.

According to Ars Technica, Apple is preventing customers from installing a third-party solid state disk. In its base $1,299 configuration, the 21.5-inch iMac comes with no SSD and no build-to-order storage add-ons; even the $1,499 model only has the option to add a 128GB SSD as part of Fusion Drive, which marries the SSD to the system’s 1TB spinning hard disk drive to create a single volume.

In other words no SSD-only option exists, and you can’t add a standalone SSD.

For years now the more computer savvy Apple fans have been mounting their own SSDs somewhere inside the case. Apple has removed the SSD connector to make sure that they don’t.

The logic board reveals no spare SATA ports anywhere and the SATA connector used for the iMac’s 2.5-inch hard disk drive is the only one present.

Apple hinted that the new iMac would be as flexible as a Bible Belt tea-party member by gluing everything that moves with strong adhesive.

The question really is, do you want to spend that sort of money for something you cannot actually upgrade in a year’s time?