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Old Dec 14, 2012, 05:56 AM   #1
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Rip Those Macs Open

Shortly after the release of the 21.5" iMac these forums, and other corners of the internet, were a flutter with "teardown" images. Have no machines ended up in the hands of those people who are, no doubt, eager to tear them open and have a look inside?

It seems like the 27" has had a more clandestine release than its little brother: some people are getting them, some aren't. Currently, the Apple site says that iMacs aren't shipping until January; rather than an offical release, the iMac seems to be trickling out.

There is nothing wrong with people being made to wait for a product (it builds character ), but I know that many people are still on the fence about buying a new iMac due to concerns about the details of the 27-incher's internals.

Will it be easier to replace the HDD in a 27" than in a 21.5"? Is there extra room for an additional drive somewhere? Will OWC find some way to drill an eSATA port into this machine as well?

I would certainly like to see some "teardown" porn featuring this machine, and I imagine that I am not alone. Hopefully, one of these lucky early recipients has a penchant for deconstruction and a camera close by.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 06:02 AM   #2
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I really expect to see some photos from somewhere in the world by sunday of a tear down.

How ever monday when ours arrive.. We will be doing a SSd replacement on both of them.

We will be armed with SLR, GO PRO and will be documenting the whole thing.

Will be sure to post results asap monday afternoon.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:00 AM   #3
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I really expect to see some photos from somewhere in the world by sunday of a tear down.

How ever monday when ours arrive.. We will be doing a SSd replacement on both of them.

We will be armed with SLR, GO PRO and will be documenting the whole thing.

Will be sure to post results asap monday afternoon.
That's great news! I look forward to seeing your work.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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I think that with the 21.5" they were available to pick up in store on the release day, whereas with the 27" they have started trickling out to early purchasers but aren't necessarily in stock at many stores.

Once iFixit gets their hands on one I'm sure they'll get out the heat guns and start posting pictures.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:45 AM   #5
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I think that with the 21.5" they were available to pick up in store on the release day, whereas with the 27" they have started trickling out to early purchasers but aren't necessarily in stock at many stores.

Once iFixit gets their hands on one I'm sure they'll get out the heat guns and start posting pictures.
Also, the 21.5" didn't have user upgradable RAM. That might have contributed to more people opening them. Though, I agree, they were also much easier to get your hands on than the 27".
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:45 AM   #6
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I really expect to see some photos from somewhere in the world by sunday of a tear down.

How ever monday when ours arrive.. We will be doing a SSd replacement on both of them.

We will be armed with SLR, GO PRO and will be documenting the whole thing.

Will be sure to post results asap monday afternoon.
Can't wait mate!
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:56 AM   #7
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I'm sure iFixit will hook us up. I'm not quite curious enough to blow my own green...
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 07:48 PM   #8
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I really expect to see some photos from somewhere in the world by sunday of a tear down.

How ever monday when ours arrive.. We will be doing a SSd replacement on both of them.

We will be armed with SLR, GO PRO and will be documenting the whole thing.

Will be sure to post results asap monday afternoon.
hey nvrenuf, are you going to post a video as well, or atleast a step by step how too? i was just asking r.og the same thing...Some of us, myself included aren't as fluent with taking our iMac apart. I for one have never done it...I can do my laptop with my eyes closed by now, but im a little hesitant to do it just on pictures alone to my iMac, just for the sheer reason that ive never done it or seen it done in real time..I know this might sound stupid to someone like you who obviously is very fluent with taking these apart.

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I really expect to see some photos from somewhere in the world by sunday of a tear down.

How ever monday when ours arrive.. We will be doing a SSd replacement on both of them.

We will be armed with SLR, GO PRO and will be documenting the whole thing.

Will be sure to post results asap monday afternoon.
oh never mind, i just noticed your post said you had the dslr and go pro ready to rock.. very cool man, cant wait!!
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 07:43 AM   #9
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Let the pros teardown their machines. I wouldn't drop $2k-$3k on a machine and rip the ****er open the day I get it.
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Let the pros teardown their machines. I wouldn't drop $2k-$3k on a machine and rip the ****er open the day I get it.
Not the way these need to be ripped open. I opened my Pismo PowerBook before I ever turned it on, to upgrade the RAM, but that only involved turning a lock at the top of the keyboard and pulling back two tabs. Then unscrewing the RAM cover. Easy, just like the RAM on the 27" will be. I have no interest in breaking open my iMac, and I have dissected plenty of computers. Some with the help of iFixIt.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 08:00 AM   #11
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I messaged Ifixit and they said they havn't even ordered the 27

the guys i work with has done imacs before when they used to be glued.
we also know someone who does apple repairs (registered) that can take care of any warranty issues if require hopefully not though.

we have two we are doing. and doing my friends first haha

plus we only removing screen and changing HDD not like we tearing the whole thing apart.
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 08:06 AM   #12
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I mean you don't have to take the mac all apart, it's enough to have a look inside, see the SATA connectors, HDD size, maybe some pictures of the fan system/cpu, the GPU....
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 09:02 AM   #13
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Old Dec 14, 2012, 09:07 AM   #14
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Let the pros teardown their machines. I wouldn't drop $2k-$3k on a machine and rip the ****er open the day I get it.
I agree 100% The local Apple certified repair shop charged me $105 to replace my HD in my 27" iMac
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I agree 100% The local Apple certified repair shop charged me $105 to replace my HD in my 27" iMac
My local one (Gravis, here in Germany) said I need to pay for their special C-Breeze chip that stops the fan speed changing. I told them that I thought that was only the case if I replaced the HD with another 3.5" but they won't change their quote. Plus, they won't let me provide my own drive (I want an 840 Pro). Instead, I have to pay them for the 840 Evo (which is more expensive there than the Pro is on Amazon) plus 5 hours labour at 20/hour. Hmm. Does your iMac still keep the warranty (or AppleCare) now that it's been opened up by a certified store?
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My local one (Gravis, here in Germany) said I need to pay for their special C-Breeze chip that stops the fan speed changing. I told them that I thought that was only the case if I replaced the HD with another 3.5" but they won't change their quote. Plus, they won't let me provide my own drive (I want an 840 Pro). Instead, I have to pay them for the 840 Evo (which is more expensive there than the Pro is on Amazon) plus 5 hours labour at 20/hour. Hmm. Does your iMac still keep the warranty (or AppleCare) now that it's been opened up by a certified store?
My iMac is a 2009, so the warranty was long gone. The technician told me what specs I needed and said I could use any HD. I bought a 2GB drive from Newegg.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 07:55 AM   #19
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Shortly after the release of the 21.5" iMac these forums, and other corners of the internet, were a flutter with "teardown" images. Have no machines ended up in the hands of those people who are, no doubt, eager to tear them open and have a look inside?

It seems like the 27" has had a more clandestine release than its little brother: some people are getting them, some aren't. Currently, the Apple site says that iMacs aren't shipping until January; rather than an offical release, the iMac seems to be trickling out.

There is nothing wrong with people being made to wait for a product (it builds character ), but I know that many people are still on the fence about buying a new iMac due to concerns about the details of the 27-incher's internals.

Will it be easier to replace the HDD in a 27" than in a 21.5"? Is there extra room for an additional drive somewhere? Will OWC find some way to drill an eSATA port into this machine as well?

I would certainly like to see some "teardown" porn featuring this machine, and I imagine that I am not alone. Hopefully, one of these lucky early recipients has a penchant for deconstruction and a camera close by.
seriously!! lets go already!!!!! Im with you bro
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seriously!! lets go already!!!!! Im with you bro
I am waiting to see what happens as well! I am glued to the fence at the moment.
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seriously!! lets go already!!!!! Im with you bro
Did you not read the thread?

R.OG has been doing exactly that for the past 6+ pages, including swapping out the CPU for an upgrade, putting in a Samsung SSD, and taking close up photos of the logic board.
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Did you not read the thread?

R.OG has been doing exactly that for the past 6+ pages, including swapping out the CPU for an upgrade, putting in a Samsung SSD, and taking close up photos of the logic board.
I think he was talking to Johnny not rog.
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Did you not read the thread?

R.OG has been doing exactly that for the past 6+ pages, including swapping out the CPU for an upgrade, putting in a Samsung SSD, and taking close up photos of the logic board.
pretty obvious i posted it before i read it bro! r. og is the man!!
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r.og will there be some sort of instructional step by step video/tutorial that youll be doing on this for all of us such as myself who arent as smart when it comes to this stuff as some of you veterans..I take apart my laptop and upgrade without a problem but ive never done an imac and it would be nice to see in real time so i dont mess anything up....either way your the ****in man! r.og for president
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r.og will there be some sort of instructional step by step video/tutorial that youll be doing on this for all of us such as myself who arent as smart when it comes to this stuff as some of you veterans..I take apart my laptop and upgrade without a problem but ive never done an imac and it would be nice to see in real time so i dont mess anything up....either way your the ****in man! r.og for president
I second this motion!

Video of the entire thing, including strip placement etc. That would kick so much buttock/s!

Also, anyone figured out a good place to buy the VHB tape from? I wish Amazon had it.
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