iMac hardware


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 12, 2012
Hello people :)

I'm a little confused about the inside hardware part of iMacs.

So, I've seen iMacs with only a screen (with the hardware built-in to the screen), and I've also seen iMac's with ordinary cases (like a tower case of a PC). So, do iMac's come in those two forms?
Also, are iMac's meant to be opened inside? Like, on a PC when you want to make hardware changes (change motherboard, check fans, install harddisk etc.) you can easy open up the case and do what you want to do. Is that the case in iMacs or aren't they meant to be opened?
Btw, I'm not talking about a specific iMac, I'm talking about iMacs in general.

Thanks in advice :) Cheers !
Last edited:
Nov 28, 2010
Plurals don't need apostrophes.

Anyway, there are several Macs, the iMac is one of them, it is the desktop computer with the built-in display.
The Mac Pro is the tower desktop computer.

To actually find out, you can use the official Apple site and its Mac section:


macrumors 68020
Nov 5, 2009
No, the iMacs are not meant to be opened. They can be opened, but you'll lose your warranty if you replace anything in them and take them to the apple store with said replacements.
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