27-inch iMac teardown shows lack of storage upgrade options

Yolanda Curtis
August 9, 2020

The middle variant comes with an Intel Core i5 comes with 3.3GHZ to 5GHz speed.

For 2020, Apple removed the option for users to upgrade the storage on their own, something the OWC teardown video confirms.

The 27-inch iMac now comes with the latest 6- and 8-core 10th generation Core i9-10900K processor.

While this was still most likely nothing more than a glitch, it's possible that an Apple employee entering new iMac models simply updated or copied a wrong entry by mistake. Prices for the update 21.5-inch iMac and iMac Pro start at $1,099 and $4,999, respectively.


With this close to top model, I had the option to send out an 11-moment 4K video with numerous soundtracks and layers of video in five and a half minutes. The rest of the specifications remain the same, which sort of leaves the iMac Pro in an awkward position as the standard 27-inch iMac now has a faster CPU, better GPU, better display configuration, and more storage.

Of course, the 17-inch iMac has since disappeared from Apple's online store pages, and links shared on Twitter result in a message advising that the product is "no longer available on apple.com" offering "similar products" in the form of refurbished iMacs.

The new 27-inch iMac is here, and iMore alumni Rene Ritchie got his hands on one to put together a full review. While there are no changes to the design, it packs a lot of updated features.

The nano texture is an extra option that adds $500 but it's really great especially for brightly lit rooms. This seems to be similar to the Pro Display XDR where the coating reduces reflections and glare on the screen by etching the glass at a nanometer level. It does tend to affect the contrast and viewing angles a bit so it will only be beneficial to those working in bright environments.


A teardown of the 2020 27-inch iMac reveals Apple made a few changes to the internals to accommodate its removal of the mechanical hard drive, including the loss of SATA connectors, the SSD being integrated into the logic board, and some small changes to the case. This also contains the storage controller for encrypting the storage drives and secure boot. The 21.5 inch iMac will now come standard with SSDs across the line.

Finally, the last significant update worth mentioning is the addition of Apple's T2 security chip, which does on-the-fly data encryption for the contents of your SSD while also helping out with tone mapping, exposure control, and face detection on the new webcam.

It is also introducing improves set of new studio-quality microphone collection for higher audio quality. Moreover, it also works with the speakers to provide higher fidelity, variable EQ and a deeper bass.


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