Opening Up an Apple Watch

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by MICHAELSD, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    Been trying to figure out how the Apple Watch would open, assuming Apple didn't go with a completely-closed design. There are no screws on the chassis, unless there are small screws in the area where the band connects. Does anybody have more info on the extent that an Apple Watch is able to be opened, and if the chassis can be separated from the unit or if it's more akin to modern Apple products where the internal electronics have to be removed piece-by-piece in order for the chassis to be removed?
     
  2. Poochi macrumors 6502a

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    Would be very funny if it's glued! (Like iMac)
     
  3. troop231 macrumors 603

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    The case back may be press fitted in place. To remove would require a powerful suction device most likely.
     
  4. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    iMac displays are held on with magnets. not glue.....
     
  5. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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    The older iMacs used magnets. The current ones use custom-cut pieces of double-sided tape. The repair kits include a tool to open the case and a new set of tape pieces.

    When they started to glue the display to the cover glass, the whole assembly probably got too heavy for the magnets to hold reliably. That's when they started using tape.
     
  6. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    every iMac i've seen opened up including the newer ones with no optical drive have magnets and i've worked at the genius bar. what proof do you do have?

    i don't work there anymore but thats what i've seen
     
  7. Runt888 macrumors 6502a

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    Nope, he's right. The newer iMacs don't use magnets anymore.
     
  8. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    tell me which models. my iMac from 2014 and every one I've seen till sept. opened up still have magnets.
     
  9. myusername macrumors member

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  11. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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    There were threads showing how to open the case here on MacRumors just after the iMacs started shipping. This was the most popular thread, but the photos aren't there any more:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1507713

    Repair kits, including the pre-cut tape and Apple's instructions, have been seen on eBay and elsewhere.

    If you pass a small steel object like a paper clip near the edges of iMac screen, older iMacs grab the object and you can easily locate the magnets. But it doesn't work on the current iMacs. I did this comparison myself in an Apple store when the new ones were released.
     
  12. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    there are still magnets. i've seen plenty of repairs.
     
  13. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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  15. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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    Fine, the 21.5" teardown is very similar:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iMac+Intel+21.5-Inch+EMC+2638+Teardown/17829

    I have NOT seen these open in person. I have seen multiple descriptions, with pictures, from a number of different sources. You're the ONLY person I've seen claim that these iMacs are held shut by magnets. I just want you to point out the location of the magnets.

    The magnetic closure system is quite obvious in the teardown of an older iMac:
    https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iMac+Intel+21.5-Inch+EMC+2428+Teardown/5485
     
  16. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

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    this is odd. i've seen different things.
     
  17. Goldfrapp macrumors 601

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    Pretty sure it's unibody, no removable parts.
     
  18. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what you mean by "unibody".

    iMac bodies have a single structural aluminum shell piece. They can be opened up in a few minutes by anyone with proper tools and a bit of training. Virtually everything inside can be removed and replaced.

    Follow the iFixit links above if you want to see what's in an iMac.
     

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