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

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

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