iFixIt Tears Down the Apple Thunderbolt Display

Posted September 28, 2011 at 6:25pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 10135 views

iFixIt has performed a teardown of the new Apple Thunderbolt Display.

Highlights:
● Interestingly enough, the Thunderbolt cable that routes into the display also plugs into a standard Thunderbolt socket on the logic board. Apple could have just soldered the cable wires to the board, but instead chose to implement a cover that prevents the cable from being detached from the logic board's Thunderbolt socket.
● How about 250 watts of maximum continuous power -- is that enough for you?
● The Thunderbolt Display comes with a 49 watt 2.1-speaker sound system, including a miniature subwoofer.

Thunderbolt Display Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● Only T6 and T10 torx screws hold it together, meaning minimal tooling is required to service.
● Minimal use of adhesives means reassembly will be easier and cleaner.
● Front glass panel and LCD are easy to remove and major components are exposed upon removal.
● You have to use suction cups to remove the front glass, which could end poorly if not done properly.
● While disassembly was very straightforward, there are a lot of parts, cables and connectors, making full reassembly not for the faint of heart.

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DacksMac - September 28, 2011 at 6:47pm
Awesome! Tear it apart, void your warranty. Perfect!
Inyourmouth - September 28, 2011 at 7:26pm
Well, they tear it apart, for YOUR convenience without voiding YOUR warranty! They are helping YOU out!
omdogg - September 28, 2011 at 6:39pm
Apple should lower the prices of the Cinema displays. $999 gets you a monitor... 300 more gets you a full iMac. Makes no sense to me. These screens should cost maybe 599 each, not 999.
Jackson - September 28, 2011 at 7:28pm
Totally agree - but Apple is not Apple if they are not ripping you off!
razzterror - September 28, 2011 at 8:22pm
1099 u gety 46 inch LED samsung.. just 100 more.. at costco... wtf is 999 for
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