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Apple expands flash storage options across iMac line

If you're in the market for a new iMac, you may be happy to hear that Apple has added a few more options to its line of desktop computers, allowing customers to opt for pure flash storage in addition to conventional hard drives or its hybrid, Fusion Drive.

As first reported by Ars Technica, the base 21-inch models come, like before, with a 1TB Serial-ATA drive, with an optional upgrade to a Fusion Drive, which will cost you an extra $250. However, you can now choose to go with pure flash storage instead: 256GB and 512GB drives will set you back $300 and $600, respectively, over the base model price.

If you're pining for a larger screen, there are even more opportunities for customization on the 27-inch versions of the popular desktop machine: As before, the base model includes a 1TB Serial-ATA drive, with a 3TB upgrade available for $150 extra, or you can switch to a 1TB ($250) or 3TB ($400) Fusion Drive if you so choose. But the flash storage options on the larger iMac have also expanded, with 256GB ($300) and 512GB ($600) drives joining the existing 768GB option, which has in turn dropped from its previous $1300 price to $900.

The current, razor-thin iteration of the iMac was introduced in October of last year, alongside the Fusion Drive, which uses a traditional hard disk and flash storage in  to speed up access to files that are used most frequently by the operating system.


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