The first Teardown pics are here!

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    That's the most beautiful logic board layout I've ever seen in a desktop. I like how the display comes cleanly off which should make it much easier to deal with than the last generation iMac. We no longer have to worry about getting rid of the dust between the glass and the display when we open the iMac 2012 model up.

    The hard drive looks very easy to access as well. That's a very good sign. Now we just have to wait to see what type of fan issues / temperature sensor workarounds are needed if we want to replace the hard drive ourselves.

    I really want to buy one and replace the HD with my own SSD!
     
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    So which one are you buying?
     
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    Wow this may be the first iMac in a while where we might be able to replace the HD, the RAM, and the CPU ourselves. Quite shocking coming from Apple, really.

    HD looks really straightforward to replace, but the RAM and the CPU involve taking out the logic board. That will be a pain as usual, but at least it's possible. I love the new iMac already :)
     
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    What about the Ram?
     
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    is it easy to remove the screen?
     
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    Can't decide between the 21.5 or 27 inch model yet. I need to wait for reviews to see how each handles gaming.

    RAM from the pictures looks like standard DDR3 SODIMM chips. Looks like it requires removal of the logic board to replace the chips yourself though, so that would be a pain.

    Screen most likely is just held in by magnets like last year's model. Probably just need suction cups like before to remove the screen. Display cable looks like it attaches near the middle of the logic board from what I can see in the pictures. So it's probably lift the screen with suction cups until you get a few inches of clearance, and then reach in and disconnect display cables and wifi cables like previous iMac model before fully detaching screen.
     
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    Wow! this is huge news!!!!!!!!:)

    I may go with a straight 1tb 7200 now

    What do you think?
     
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    Thanks tubbymac. First impressions looks good.
     
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    I repaired quite a few iMac at work. Judging from the images, this generation looks very straightforward to me.
     
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    Maybe HDD replacement is the most tricky one. As in 2011 model, Apple add a temperature sensor pin to the SATA connector, so you probably can't add a HDD bought in the market.
     
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    Nice sneak peak. Looking forward to ifixits teardown.
     
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    thanks wmy, probably the same:mad:
     
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    Upon closer inspection of the pictures it looks like the ram is sticking partially out near the middle of the computer where the iMac is the thickest. This could be very good news. It looks like you can probably wiggle your fingers in between the gap between the ram and the hollow cavity beneath the ram. This would mean that the ram might be replaceable without removing the logic board. From the pictures, it looks like you just have to disconnect one cable that is wrapped around the ram, and you need to remove the central fan to give yourself enough space to get your hands on the ram.

    If this is true, that means the HD and the RAM are both easily accessible!
     
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    Good news is SSD used in new iMac is the same as rMBP and MBA. I'll get 256GB from eBay or OWC and install by myself.
     
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    Might be true in the 27 inch model, but from the teardown pictures above the 21.5 inch model does not use the same "blade" style SSD as the rMBP and MBA. In fact the 21.5 inch model appears to use a standard 2.5 inch laptop hard drive.

    CORRECTION: One of the pictures shows what looks to be a blade style connector for an Apple SSD. Tough to tell from the picture if it is indeed an SSD connector, but would make sense since you can custom order a 1TB fusion drive from Apple for the 21.5 high end model.
     
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    I bet apple went with the slower drive because of temperature reasons. I don´t know if it´s worth the risk of loosing all your data. Rather go SSD and put the old 1TB one in an external HDD case.

    Besides, there are "slow spinning" HDDs that actualy are faster in data transfer than 7600rpm models.
     
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    so your saying I could get a 7200 then add a 256 ssd to make my own fusion drive?
     
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    Yes, two harddrives usualy fit in the space of one. Besides why would you need a 7200 if you have a fusion dirve.
     
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    Wow this looks super easy to access the hard drive. My 2009 iMac 27" had a temperature sensor on the hard drive, but that was easily shorted with a piece of wire when I replaced it with an SSD.
     
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    Hehe...looks like only suction cups are needed...no glue:D
     

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    Interesting about the CPU, but could add longevity down the line, but what would people with the i7 upgrade to? Haswell requires a different socket right?
     
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    Cue shut up and take my money pic.
     

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