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New 21.5-inch iMac Gets A Poor ‘Repairability’ Score After iFixit’s Teardown

If you’re the type to tinker with and repair your computer, the 2012 iMac isn’t for you. During iFixit’s official teardown of the 2012 iMac, they found a lot of components packed into a small design which ultimately gave it a very poor three out of 10 self-repair score.

A few notes from iFixit:

  • iMac 21.5″ EMC 2544 Repairability Score: 3 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
  • You can still replace the RAM, hard drive, and CPU inside this machine.
  • The glass and LCD are now fused together, and there are no more magnets holding the glass in place. That means it’s heatgun time!
  • Most replaceable components (like the RAM) are buried behind the logic board, meaning you’ll have to take apart most of the iMac just to gain access to them.
  • Budget-minded folks can no longer add a second hard drive to the base iMac unless they are super-fond of soldering missing proprietary connectors onto the logic board.
  • You’ll have to masterfully peel off the old double-sided sticky tape and apply new tape in order to reseal this iMac into original condition.
  • Hiding above the Apple logo, we find the small dual microphone grates.
    • It’s listening; it’s always listening…

The good news is, you can totally replace the RAM and hard drive if you need more speed and power, but you’ll have to gut the entire thing to do it. The 27-inch model that ships sometime this month will provide a user accessible slot to replace RAM.

Check out the gallery below and head over to iFixit to see the full teardown:

Source: iFixit

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