iFixit completes teardown of 2014 iMac with 5K Retina display, posts findings

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Date: Monday, October 20th, 2014, 10:48
Category: Hardware, iMac, News, Uncategorized

The cool cats at iFixit performed a full teardown of the 2014 iMac and found some nifty stuff.

Per The Unofficial Apple Weblog, the firm, which gave the 2014 iMac a Repairability Score of 5 out of 10, discovered that a fair number of the components were similar to the 2013 iMac. The SSD is the same drive that ships with Apple’s late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the AirPort/Bluetooth card, logic board and other components are described as being “nearly exactly the same” to last year’s 27-inch iMac.

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Though it earned a mediocre Repairability Score, iFIxit notes that most components are modular and relatively easy to replace or repair. Owners can upgrade the RAM via a rear access panel and replace the hard drive and CPU with adhesive removal. Not surprisingly, the hardest component to repair is the display panel from LG, which is no longer held in place by magnets and is designed with the glass and LCD fused together.

The new 27-inch iMac is available with a starting price of US$2499 for a 3.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB Fusion Drive.

If you’ve picked up the 2014 iMac with 5K Retina display and have any thoughts about it, let us know in the comments.

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