iMac Pro’s RAM can be upgraded, but only by Apple or authorized service provider

“Standard 27-inch iMacs have a small hatch in the back that allows the RAM in the machine to be upgraded after purchase, but the iMac Pro does not have that feature,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“There is no rear hatch because the RAM in the iMac Pro is not user upgradeable following purchase, but there’s good news — an Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider is able to open up the iMac Pro and swap out the RAM,” Clover reports. “iMore‘s Rene Ritchie spoke to Apple and learned that any service center is able to upgrade the RAM on an iMac Pro following purchase.”

“At Apple Stores, iMac Pro users will likely only be able to upgrade to Apple-provided RAM, but third-party service providers will be able to offer non-Apple RAM and might even allow users to bring in their own RAM,” Clover reports. “Policy will undoubtedly vary by location, however.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you want a professional Mac desktop that is user upgradeable, you’ll unfortunately have to wait for the mythical new Mac Pro or settle for the current ancient trashcan Mac Pro dead end. We commiserate.

The iMac Pro is obviously for professional users who do not need a modular, user-upgradeable machine.


  1. Thanks for nothing Apple. Every desktop machine needs to be user repairable for hard drive, gpu, and RAM at a minimum. If you don’t offer that, then you are not offering a good value. It really is that simple. Apple is screwing over customers by forcing them to pay Apple to install parts that are commodities. Worse, Apple brags about being green while making wasteful ecological decisions for profit motive only. The more stuff you seal into one unrepairable box, the more likely the entire box will have to be trashed when one component fails.

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