iFixit Tears Down the New 21.5-Inch iMac [Images]

Posted December 1, 2012 at 6:17pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9758 views

iFixit has completed its tear down of the new 21.5-inch iMac.

Slimming down to a wafer-thin 5mm at its edges, the newest iteration of iMac is by far the slimmest of its kin. We are very curious what sort of diet could cause such a drastic change, so we opened it up to find out!

Highlights:
● Around the edge it is 5 mm thick. At its thickest, though, it is over 4 cm thick
● Cooling vents on the back of the rear case hidden behind the "foot."
● Heat gun and guitar picks are needed to get past the adhesive holding the display down
● Apple opted to fuse the front glass and the LCD
● Apple moved from multiple small fans to a single centralized fan
● The iMac's RAM is "user-replaceable" but you have to remove the display and logic board to do so.
● In order to carefully join together the pieces of the case, Apple turned to friction stir welding

iMac 21.5" EMC 2544 Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● You can still replace the RAM, hard drive, and CPU inside this machine.
● The glass and LCD are now fused together, and there are no more magnets holding the glass in place. That means it's heatgun time!
● Most replaceable components (like the RAM) are buried behind the logic board, meaning you'll have to take apart most of the iMac just to gain access to them.
● Budget-minded folks can no longer add a second hard drive to the base iMac unless they are super-fond of soldering missing proprietary connectors onto the logic board.
● You'll have to masterfully peel off the old double-sided sticky tape and apply new tape in order to reseal this iMac into original condition.

Take a look at a few photos below or hit the link for the entire tear down.

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odedo1 - December 1, 2012 at 10:12pm
Figured, Apple makes things harder while Microsoft makes everything easy!
Zuber - December 1, 2012 at 7:32pm
Now tht the IMac is available and opened. Samsung go ahead n copy it now.
Virnetx - December 1, 2012 at 10:35pm
Your a fucking idiot.
iFanboy - December 2, 2012 at 2:35am
I think if Zuber was being sarcastic....you'd be the idiot then mate
Virnetx - December 2, 2012 at 8:15pm
You're a fucking idiot to reply about a dumb idiot...idiot.
iFanboy - December 2, 2012 at 10:48pm
Haha...and who responded to his comment in the first place. I was "just saying", but it looks like from your language and response that you don't have the capacity to understand that... So hit me back with the same bullshit response.. It's what I expect from you dim wit.
Virnetx - December 3, 2012 at 6:40am
Aren't we an educated dickhead. You need to bend down,suck yourself off and calm down before you exhaust yourself moron.
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