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
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]