Apple reduce SSD-equipped iMac shipping times

19 June, 2011 - Paul Dixon
2011 iMacs

Although the latest iMac was released on the 3rd of May, many early purchasers only received theirs last week – and that’s because they opted for models with an SSD (solid-state drive), which Apple were taking 4-6 weeks to ship. The good news for anyone who hasn’t ordered one yet is that the shipping times have been significantly reduced.

Now, regardless of which SSD-equipped iMac you opt for – from the 21.5″ 2.7GHz Core i5 to the 27″ 3.4GHz Core i7, all have quoted shipping times of just 2-4 business days. I haven’t checked the shipping times in all countries, but the UK, US, Canada & Australia all show the same reduced times.

With prices starting at £400.00 ($500.00) to add a 256GB SSD, it certainly isn’t a cheap option, but the increased speeds that solid state drives bring make them well worth considering.

These are the different SDD configurations you can choose from:

256GB Solid State Drive Add £400.00 ($350.00)
1TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive Add £400.00 ($450.00)
2TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive Add £600.00 ($600.00)

While it’s not something I would personally recommend, this YouTube user appears to have bought a stock 2011 iMac and had an SSD installed by an Apple authorised reseller – don’t expect Apple to provice this service though!

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Paul Dixon is the owner of Macsessed. He lives in Lancashire in the UK where he works as a web designer. You can find him on and Twitter.