Apple just announced all new iMac in todays event. New 21.5-inch iMac with 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor or new Mac Mini with 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor buyer won’t be able to select or upgrade to Fusion Drive. Check details below.
With this amazing new super slim iMac Apple got all way with a newly named technology called Fusion Drive, a mixture of SSD and HDD, almost like Hybrid Drive (example: Momentus XT Hybrid Drive ). This new iMac is supposed to be released on November, and they mentioned user could choose between normal HDD to Fusion Drive. But we just find out starter version of 21.5-inch iMac user won’t be able to select Fusion Drive as an configuration option. They will need to get higher processor version to get Fusion Drive.
Its also true for Mac Mini starter version, which is available to pre-order from today. So if you are buy Mac Mini with 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor you will not be able to upgrade to Fusion Drive you need to get at least 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor version which costs starts from $799 USD.
So even though user need to spend extra $250 to get 1TB Fusion Drive, but they won’t get with any of those starter version.
Check this image of iMac Store page below
Starter one does not have option to configure Fusion drive.
Now check this Mac Mini order page, it also lacks the option to upgrade to Fusion Drive.
What do you think, what could be cause? It seems if you want 1TB Fusion Drive on new iMac, you will end up spending minimum $1749 for a 21.5-inch iMac and $1,049.00 for Mac Mini starter with 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor.