2012 iMac Glass Replacement?

PowerMac G4 MDD

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Looking to get this iMac for a reduced price (first-gen slim model - 2012), as the glass screen cover on it is cracked. I was thinking I could buy a new cover, but then the seller notified me that, in order to correct the issue, one must replace the entire LCD assembly. I find that hard to believe, as I feel as though I could literally pull away at all the pieces and put down a fresh glass cover and call it a day. Can I not do this?

I'd just put in a good SSD while at it and then close it up with a new sheet of glass.

-MDD

(EDIT: Watched a repair video and it showed the glass lifting up with the display. Well, it looks like I'd have to buy a new screen or perhaps just tear away at the cracked glass and leave it like that xD. Not worth-it... unless there's some odd hairdryer trick out there that allows me to loosen the glass.)
 

maflynn

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ut then the seller notified me that, in order to correct the issue, one must replace the entire LCD assembly.
At some point, Apple started laminating the display assembly together, on my 2012 RMBP, its all one unit. What the seller stated may be correct. Also why else would he say that, since it may have been an easy (and inexpensive) repair on his part.

Looking on iFixit, it does appear to be the case

Edit:
Looks like you already came to that conclusion
 

PowerMac G4 MDD

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At some point, Apple started laminating the display assembly together, on my 2012 RMBP, its all one unit. What the seller stated may be correct. Also why else would he say that, since it may have been an easy (and inexpensive) repair on his part.

Looking on iFixit, it does appear to be the case

Edit:
Looks like you already came to that conclusion

Well, I was thinking that there would maybe be some hack-job method to getting the glass off. Hairdryer method or something? Although, it looks unlikely. The iMac would actually be very cheap even with a full LCD replacement, but whatever. Sure, it's a 2012 i5 iMac for $450 after the LCD replacement, but I don't need it enough.
 

wrinkster22

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Well, I was thinking that there would maybe be some hack-job method to getting the glass off. Hairdryer method or something? Although, it looks unlikely. The iMac would actually be very cheap even with a full LCD replacement, but whatever. Sure, it's a 2012 i5 iMac for $450 after the LCD replacement, but I don't need it enough.
$450 seems very reasonable! Perhaps look at quotes for replacement around your area? I believe iMac screens are like the new iPhone digitizer/top glass assemblies now. (AKA no hack job replacement for you:( )
 

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