Main Hard Drive In New iMacs Can't Be Upgraded


According to OWC, Apple has changed how the main hard drive SATA power connector, and the firmware on the hard drive. The SATA power connector has switched from a normal 4-pin power to 7-pin power that combines temperature monitoring and some other kind of connectivity between the main board and the drive. Because of this you will not be able to upgrade the HDD yourself and half to go with Apple. If you try to replace with a 4-pin HDD it will cause AHT (Apple Hardware Test) to fail and not essentially boot, and cause the HDD fan's to spin at 100% speed. Let's hope this is something that they are testing and not moving to other lines of mac's.

Apple Updates iMac With Thunderbolt, Faster Everything

There it is, Apple has refreshed the iMac line of desktop computer with better and faster hardware all in the same aluminum enclosure. No new screen sized were added to the new 2011 lineup of iMacs and the 21.5" and 27" are here to stay.  The new 21.5" (1920x1080) iMac starts at $1,199 and packs a 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M graphics card with 512MB of memory.

Apple's new 27" iMac starts at $1,699 and packs a 2560x1440 screen resolution with a 2.7GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 4GB of memory and an AMD Radeon HD 6770M graphics card with 512MB of memory. All the new 2011 iMac now come standard with the new Thunderbolt port, one port on the 21.5" model and two on the 27" model. In addition to all this hardware bump, the new iMacs now have an HD FaceTime camera. 

Nir Schneider