As noted by MacGeneration and in our MacRumors Forums, Apple is now allowing the entry level 21.5″ iMac to be configured with a 1TB Fusion Drive.

The Fusion Drive is a built-to-order option for the iMac and Mac mini that combines SSD and traditional hard drives into a single logical volume.

With Fusion Drive in your iMac, disk-intensive tasks — from booting up to launching apps to importing photos — are faster and more efficient. That’s because frequently used items are kept at the ready on speedy flash storage, while infrequently accessed items go to the hard drive. The file transfers take place in the background, so you won’t even notice.

The 1TB Fusion Drive add-on is a $ 250 option and was previously only offered on the high end 21.5″ iMac, high end Mac mini and 27″ iMacs.

Why wasn’t it an option in the first place?

Early adopters are screwed again.

Why wasn’t it an option in the first place?

Why wasn’t it an option in the first place?

Maybe because the high end ones didn’t sell.

Should be standard in my opinion. Option to go fully SSD.
“Fusion drive” is just a gimmick. Very transparent to the user, but it’s pretty much an mSATA SSD and HDD combo. That will go away once SSD’s are more affordable.

Your iMac has a 2.5″ HDD slot, so if you just have an SSD in there, you can upgrade it yourself and make it into a “fusion drive”. There are plenty of tools out there and people have made it work on systems that didn’t come with it by default.

Early adopters are screwed again.

Great news, but yeah kinda ticked now. Would have changed how I ordered.

Still wish there was just a SSD or Flash Drive option. Some people don’t require 1TB and don’t want ANY mechanical HDD and the noise, heat and higher failure time that come along with them.

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The next question is, is the connector standard on all Logic boards so that you can D.I.Y. ?

I remember reading in one of the first base teardowns that it did not have the socket connector.

how generous.
The next question is, is the connector standard on all Logic boards so that you can D.I.Y. ?
The fusion drive is simply scandalous! For the price they charge Apple should be ashamed, it’s like the RAM upgrade pricing pay full amount and more for the upgrade and we will keep the original RAM cost built in. This time they’re just charging many times over for an SSD that’s worth less than $ 100

Early adopters are screwed again.

Limited availability at the beginning?