|Dec 1, 2012, 03:03 PM||#1|
Teardown of New 21.5-inch iMac Reveals Glued Down LCD and Dual Microphones
iFixit has released a comprehensive teardown of Apple's new 21.5" iMac.
The new iMac, with its ultra slim bezel proved to be a disappointment to the iFixit team, because both the glass and the LCD are glued to the iMac frame with strong adhesive, which negatively impacts repairability.
Here are the highlights of the teardown:
-Nothing about the internals of the new Mac resemble last year's model.
-Apple has swapped out the 3.5" desktop hard drive for a 2.5" HGST laptop hard drive, freeing up valuable space.
-The hard drive has a rubbery housing at its edges, which is a new design meant to dampen the vibrations from the hard drive in the closely packed quarters of the iMac.
-There are no longer multiple small fans. Instead, Apple is using a single centralized fan.
-Apple's new iMac has two microphones to improve sound quality when using FaceTime.
-The AirPort card uses a Broadcom BCM4331 single-chip WLAN solution and three Wi-Fi antennas.
iFixit's teardown also included a detailed listing of all of the chips on the logic board.
Despite the repairability concerns, early reviews for the design of the new iMac were largely positive.
Apple's new iMacs went on sale on Friday, Nov. 30. The 21.5" model starts at $1299 and $1499. The 27" iMac starts at $1799 and $1999. The 21.5" model can currently be purchased in the Apple Store, but the 27" models have yet to ship.
Article Link: Teardown of New 21.5-inch iMac Reveals Glued Down LCD and Dual Microphones
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:07 PM||#5|
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:10 PM||#8|
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:10 PM||#9|
2011 21.5" iMac, 2.5 GHz i5, 12 GB RAM 2.16 GHz BlackBook 16GB iPhone 5C Green
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:11 PM||#10|
Here's the deal, iFixit MAKES MONEY from repairing machines and trying to convince users they too can repair crap if they purchase their tools. So their "3 out of 10" is basically just their profit margins going down. Of course they are going to be "disappointed..."
I'm not sure if they missed it, but this is an ALL IN ONE machine, which by their very nature aren't generally easy to bust open and start swapping things out.
Besides, by the time you are in dire need of upgrading the CPU, Intel switches sockets on ya.
In short, it's cool to see how they are put together, but iFixit's "ratings" are dumb when done on devices like this, Apple or not.
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:12 PM||#13|
I'd say the point ifixit make about the lack of SSD slot connectivity on the base model is note worthy! You should update the article.
I see you think the mention of a Broadcom WiFi chip is noteworthy but the exclusion of SSD connector is not.
27" - 21.5" iMac SSD UPGRADE TUTORIAL
Last edited by All Taken; Dec 1, 2012 at 03:50 PM.
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:13 PM||#14|
Stick an optical drive back in it Tim. Also how much does it cost Apple for "all" that componentry? And how big would the bulge in back of the iMac be if they hadn't used the highest profile cooling fan they could possibly find mounted on top of the single speaker that's in the iMac?
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:18 PM||#18|
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:18 PM||#19|
..which makes it a lot more difficult in my eyes.
27" iMac late2012, i5 2,9Ghz 8Gb RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive
11" MacbookAir 2011,1,6Ghz, 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD
iPhone 5 16GB Black
8Gb iPod Nano 3G
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:18 PM||#20|
There MAY be a case for blu ray, but we all know Apple's stance on that. So I think most gladly take nothing over a lil cd/dvd combo drive.
Last edited by brock2621; Dec 1, 2012 at 03:32 PM.
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:18 PM||#22|
Read the Rules / Search the Forums / Use a Descriptive Title
Mac Won't Boot?
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:18 PM||#23|
|Dec 1, 2012, 03:19 PM||#25|
Never before has the iMac been totally non user serviceable, no ram upgrade at the very least, not to mention when the hdd fails
All in one =/= non user serviceable
Apple just took the cheap way out and used adhesive tape to stick it together rather than designing an alternative system
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