Our ten-year old Mac Pro finally wore out and I could no longer update the Operating System. The video cards were also starting to wear out. We ordered a 27″ iMac and a VESA Mount Adapter from Apple to install the computer on a Desk Mount from Bretford.
I had seen the iMac at the store available with the VESA mount installed for $44 more and had noticed that it came without the desk stand. In my mind, why pay someone to install something for me and take away the option of using the computer on a desk at some point in the future if I chose a different installation. We have a pattern of running our computers until they fall apart – did I mention our ten-year old Mac Pro? And as for paying extra for the lack of options, well . . .
BE AWARE – If you want to install a NEW iMac on an alternate mount, even though there are many videos and instructions out there that say you can use Apple’s VESA Mount Adapters on a 21.5 or 27″ iMac, YOU CANNOT REMOVE THE STAND ON THE NEWEST iMac COMPUTERS TO INSTALL THESE ADAPTERS.
There is no positive indication of this information on the product page for either the new iMac or the VESA Mount Adapter on Apple’s Store. Even the Apple Salesperson I dealt with by telephone didn’t know of this change until I asked him to check into it to be sure. I spent hours trying to follow the instructions in the VESA manual and on-line before I did more research and found the information buried in a few discussion groups.
To be fair to Apple, it mentions in the iMac information that to order a computer with a VESA adapter installed, chose the other option, but it doesn’t tell me I HAVE to choose that option to get the Mount Adapter at all. And, in the VESA Mount Adapter information, it does indicate that it is compatible with 2009, 2010 and 2011 models; however, the information doesn’t say that it has been updated since that time and it is not compatible with the 2012 and 2013 models.
We are producing a video about our new multi-monitor installation,
using Bretford monitor mounts, to show how it can be done right, but wanted to get this warning out ASAP to save others from the frustration we experienced from this mistake.
To get a new iMac with a mount adapter, visit this link and you can buy one with the adapter pre-installed for about $44 extra. You have to order it from Apple however, as it appears that the stores, at least in Austin, do not carry them that way.