In-Depth iMac Teardown Turns Up Glue Galore

Just after the iMac went on sale Friday, a haphazard Japanese teardown turned up scant details about the new iMac's innards. Now iFixit has gotten in there for a much more in depth teardown and have found lots more.

As you might have expected, the 21.5-Inch iMac's svelte new frame comes at a cost, and that cost involves a whole bunch of glue.

In addition to discovering that the glass and LCD of the iMac's display are "now glued to the iMac's frame with incredibly strong adhesive", instead of attached with magnets like previous models, iFixit also points out that iMac's speakers are a huge pain to remove. Aside from repair issues, iFixit found other changes including a smaller 2.5-inch laptop hard drive, complete with a vibration-dampening rubber housing, a single fan for cooling the entire unit and some other minor changes as well.

[iFixit via PCMag]



    Laptop parts in a premium AIO, smoooooooth.

      Other than the 2.5-inch SATA drive, what parts are you talking about?

        'Other than'

        So a 2.5inch SATA drive is acceptable?
        Personally, for the price premium, I disagree.
        The CPU, by the way, is a Intel 3rd Generation (née "Ivy Bridge) Core i5-3330S, which Intel sells in quantity at $177, spring-loaded into its LGA1155 socket. The GPU is a laptop-class Nvidia GeForce GT 640M.

        The image above that displays laptop RAM too, but honestly I don't think that could be much of a bottleneck.

    Wax lyrical all you want about Apple device repairability, but it's what consumers want. ifixit's market is so small you'd have a hard time putting a number on it.

      That's just it, though.
      Consumers don't KNOW what they want, or rather, don't know what to consider when they decide what it is that they want.

      Any home user isn't even going to begin to think about repairability, but 99% of the tech I've dealt with (including myself) will steer away from these products where possible for this exact reason.

        Consumers don't KNOW what they want

        No, you just think you know what they want.

        99% of the tech people huh? I guess I'm the 1% then.

          "99% of the tech I've dealt with"

          There's a massive difference between "99% of tech" and "99% of the tech I've dealt with".

          Regardless, it's safe to say: I am an Apple consumer. I do NOT want my iMac to be glued together so much so that I can't repair it if/when it breaks.

          I guess that rules out your statement that 'it's what consumers want', eh?

            It doesn't, because you are an immeasurably small percentage of Apple's consumer base, and you know it.

              I'm still a consumer.

              It's what SOME consumers want. Or think they want.

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