New iMac Teardown: There's Spare Room In This Skinny Frame

The skinny new iMac went on sale yesterday. But before most people have even had a chance to touch it, an enterprising Japanese blogger has already managed to tear one to pieces.

Detail from the teardown are scant and poorly translated by Google, but there are plenty of pictures. This is the 21.5-inch version, and one thing is glaringly obvious: despite its slender frame — it's 80 per cent thinner than previous iMacs and just 5mm thick at its narrowest point — there's still spare room inside the thing.

Clearly, the thickness is limited by the depth of the components that have to be squeezed in there, but it makes you wonder just how insanely thin we might see desktops become in the future. With a little clever component design, this iMac could've been even thinner than it already is.

We'll have to wait for a more thorough inspection of what's inside before we can tell you more about the guts of the iMac, but given it's available as of yesterday, that shouldn't take long.

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    Looks like that fan is whats causing the extra space.

    Of course they could be thinner, far thinner - look at ultrabooks, the new macbooks, the macbook air etc. compared to those this thing is obese. There's no advance here, only compromise and aesthetics.
    The compromise is performance and reliability. With those sacrifices you're better off getting a macbook or ultrabook. Just hook it up a nice monitor if you want a bigger screen.

    If you want performance and reliability you're better off getting a big tower. The aesthetics are up to you're own sense of taste and your wallet in that case.

      A laptop and monitor requires 3 cable (two power and one for video). An iMac requires 1 (for power). That makes for a huge improvement in aesthetics, but as you note, aesthetics are in the eye of the beholder.

    Hardly a surprise is it? This thing is basically laptop components stuffed behind a monitor.

    I don't understand why people would buy this vs. a laptop + a second monitor?

      I think laptops are generally more expensive... But yeah they r pretty much laptop design lol

      because the processor, drive, and graphics options in the iMac are all far better than those of any macbook. Also, the iMac is far cheaper.

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