iMac(AL) TN to S-IPS LCD panel transplant ?

PenfoldFR

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Granted this would be a bit of work, but could one use an S-IPS LCD panel from an older iMac as a replacement for the one shipping with the new iMac(AL)? This would not of course address the glare issues created by the glass but it would go some way to addressing the inconsistent colour reproduction of the cheap TN LCD panel and could be a solution for some sad graphic artists or photographers.

Does anyone know if the cabling / connectors of the LCDs might be similar ?

It's well publisied that the new iMac's panel is an LG/Philips LM201WE3 but would anyone know what the earlier G5(isight) or intel iMacs shipped with ?

Any insight would be helpful and appreciated.
 

rogersmj

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^ Agreed. This would be a lot of effort and would be next to pointless. I got my Al iMac's display precisely calibrated today using SuperCal, and I'm quite happy with it. And I came from the previous iMac's S-IPS display, and I still have that same panel in my Dell 2007wfp which is hooked up to my new iMac. If you calibrate it well, the new iMac's display is gorgeous. Why you'd go through the pain and expense of putting the old display in it is beyond me. It would probably be cheaper and more convenient to just buy an external monitor that meets your needs if you really can't get along with the iMac's display.
 

PenfoldFR

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Thanks for your response. I am not at all discounting the work required or the impact on the warranty however I am not sure it would be pointless for everyone.

For those who have upgraded from an older iMac, don't have sufficient desk space for another monitor and, even after calibration, find the TN display lacking this modification may have a certain appeal. Clearly this would be due to strongly motivated and very personal choice !

All that said I haven't been able to determine if it is even technically possible... any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
 

mrgreen4242

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Feb 10, 2004
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Thanks for your response. I am not at all discounting the work required or the impact on the warranty however I am not sure it would be pointless for everyone.

For those who have upgraded from an older iMac, don't have sufficient desk space for another monitor and, even after calibration, find the TN display lacking this modification may have a certain appeal. Clearly this would be due to strongly motivated and very personal choice !

All that said I haven't been able to determine if it is even technically possible... any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
At the point where you want to do this, for whatever your reasons are, it seems like are so many better choices. You're going to have buy a new iMac, along with all the upgrades you want, and then the second panel, and then all the time needed to make it work.

For that sort of money, you're already close to Mac Pro territory which is a big upgrade as well.

Or, if you find you're not quite to that price bracket yet, getting the high end 20" iMac with 256mb VRAM and hanging a nice 20" SIPS LCD off of it as a second display would be nice as well.

I dunno, I suppose while I can see the desire for a higher quality display in the new iMac I can't see how pulling it and replacing it is a much better option than either of the above two choices.