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  • Ifixit Teardown of New iMac Complete, Not Friendly For User Repairs

    Ifixit finished their official teardown of the new iMacs and their findings do not bode well for the tinkerers out there.

    Ifixit described the teardown process as an “excercise in disappointment,” due to the new hurdles created by Apple" in terms of the ease of repair. In order to achieve the incredibly slim design the LCD and glass are glued directly to the devices frame, and gaining access to the RAM, CPU and hard disk requires removing the entire logic board.

    The late 2012 iMac 21.5″ — code-named EMC 2544 — is an exercise in disappointment for us. We were quite worried when we saw that super-thin bezel during Apple’s keynote, and unfortunately we were correct: the glass and LCD are now glued to the iMac’s frame with incredibly strong adhesive. Gone are the lovely magnets that held the glass in place in iMacs of yesteryear. — iFixit
    Ifixit rated the new iMacs a 3/10 in terms of ease of repair, while last years iMacs scored a much more encouraging 7/10. Still, iFixit was impressed with many of the engineering feats crammed into the new iMac's diminutive package. A new hard disk housing design dampens vibrations from other components and the spinning hard drive, a new single fan layout compared to last years three-fan layout, and a dual microphone technology previously only found in mobile devices.

    Apple’s philosophy on the future of their devices is clear and unfortunately those who enjoy tinkering with their devices have lost another product line to Apple’s walled-garden.

    Source: iFixit [via 9to5Mac]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Ifixit Tear Down of New iMac Complete, Not Friendly For User Repairs started by Phillip Swanson View original post
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    1. RokeSmoreMeefer's Avatar
      RokeSmoreMeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      Well the PC folk will soon be joining this party as Intel has decided, starting with broadwell to start soldering the CPUs to the mobo, so people won't be able to build there own PC any more.
      Wrong. Intel will begin producing chips that require soldering to the mobo. They will not be doing the soldering themselves except on their own mobo/cpu combos.

      This won't stop people from building their own PCs. It will, however, stop most people from upgrading the CPU while reusing the same mobo since this will require one to first desolder the current CPU.