Apple (AAPL)’s Online Store is now offering the entry level 21.5-inch iMac with a Fusion Drive system as a build-to-order option. The upgrade, which cleverly combines 128 GB of high-performance flash storage with a 1TB hard drive, marks a change in availability from October when the new drive configuration from Apple was only offered on the high end 21.5″ iMac, high end Mac mini and 27″ iMac profiles.
“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,” explains Apple.
Introduced at its media event in October 2011 alongside the redesigned iMac, Apple’s Fusion Drive technology has taken the idea of multiple drive PCs one step further by combining the system’s solid-state drive and the hard disk that comprise the Fusion Drive, to form a single addressable volume. So as far as the user is concerned, there’s just one hard drive.
For only $250 more, prospective iMac buyers will definitely appreciate the extra option on the 2.7GHz 21.5-inch iMac model.
The revision to the Online Apple Store was first spotted by French blog MacGeneration.