Things are buzzing around the OWC Campus here in Woodstock, Illinois. Apple just released the new 21.5” iMacs this morning and we’re on our way to getting them in, opening them up, and taking a look inside to see what can be upgraded and how easily.
With a new iMac, the obvious thing to do is to compare it to the previous generation. The main thing that stands out is that the new iMac is considerably thinner than the previous generation. The most noticeable side effect to this is the elimination of an internal optical drive on the new iMacs, though this is easily remedied by simply adding an external optical drive if you need one.
A slightly faster i5 processor (2.7GHz, vs 2.5GHz) is in the stock model, as well as twice the stock RAM and official maximum RAM. They also double the stock hard drive to a 1TB drive, and will be offering a Fusion Drive as well, which wasn’t available on the previous models. There also seems to be a SSD port similar to those in the latest MacBook Pros and Mac Book Air, so we’ll be looking into that, too. Graphics has been switched over to an nVidia GeForceGT 640M vs the old AMD Radeon 6750M.
For connectivity, say goodbye to FireWire 800, as Apple has removed that port entirely. However, they added an extra Thunderbolt port, so you can always use an adapter to connect your legacy peripherals. There are still four USB ports, though, and they’re USB 3.0 versus the USB 2.0 in the older models, so you can get a little more speed out of those peripherals that will support it.
Here’s a first look at the new iMac as we picked it up from the store.
Make sure you stick around for the unboxing photos, videos, and more as the day unfolds.
Among our various video endeavors, our Instructional Series of videos is probably the most well-regarded. After all, how can you not like free, step-by-step instructions on upgrading your Mac?
Continuing in our pursuit of providing you with the most comprehensive instructional set offered by any source, we’ve added a couple more videos to the list. 2012 Mac mini owners are the beneficiaries this time around, with a pair of videos showing how to upgrade the Memory, and how to install a second internal drive by way of an OWC Data Doubler kit.
As always, you can find these new videos in our Tech Center, as well as on our YouTube channel, with an iTunes version to come in the near future.
Oh… and while we’re talking about videos, don’t forget to vote for OWC in the 2013 Meet Me at CES Video Contest. There’s only a few days left, so make sure to vote for us daily and let all of CES see the OWC Difference.
The “Fusion Drive” option for the 2012 Mac minis can cause some severe data loss if you’re not careful. It’s a bit of a “perfect storm,” but it’s worth noting if you’re adding an SSD as a second drive in your Mac mini.
This particular instance affects you only if:
- You are upgrading a 2012 Mac mini.
- That 2012 Mac mini shipped with Mac OS X 10.8.2
- You are adding an SSD to this Mac mini as a second drive, alongside the existing Hard Drive using an OWC Data Doubler Kit.
If your installation involves all three factors, then you need to pay attention, as your installation will be affected. If one or more of these factors are not involved, then you don’t have to worry, you can proceed as normal. Article Continues…
Now that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has been released, it’s time to look into all that’s required to upgrade. We touched on this a little bit late last week, but if you’re going to update, now’s the time to really double-check to make sure you’ve got everything ready for a switchover.
Fortunately, we’re here to help, with our Mountain Lion Compatibility and Transition Guide. There, you’ll find an extensive list of hardware and software that’s been tested (or will be tested shortly) with Mountain Lion for compatibility.
Once you’ve made sure your computer can run 10.8 and everything else in your system will work with it, you can then back up your system to an external drive (not necessary, but highly recommended – just in case), sign in to the Mac App Store (10.6.8 or later required), download the installer and update away!
Early adopters… let us know how it goes in the comments.
So, are you a little bummed that OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion isn’t going to run on your 32-bit Intel Mac? Well bucker-up, little buckeroo, ‘cause it turns out that there may be hope for you yet, courtesy of the “Hackintosh” community.
Mac user “Jabbawok” managed to piece together information from various forums and other postings on the Web to put together his own step-by-step method for installing Mountain Lion on his MacPro1,1.
Even though this would indicate that—to at least some extent—that Apple’s model cutoff was somewhat arbitrary. Even so, the article itself indicates that older graphics cards will cause kernel panics, which means anything other than a Mac Pro will likely not work, since you can’t upgrade the graphics.
Of course, while we commend Jabbawok on his resourcefulness and clear explanation of what each step entails, we’re not endorsing, advocating, or have even personally tried this method of bringing Mountain Lion to machines that Apple doesn’t support.
We just thought you’d find it interesting; use the information at your own discretion.