Image credit - iFixit

Image credit – iFixit


Just last week Apple announced the latest member in their iMac family in the form of a 21.5-inch Retina iMac, which is basically the 21.5-inch model that comes packed with a whopping 4K display. Now if you are thinking about getting the computer and want it to last you for the next few years, you will want to look after it pretty well.

This is because according to the folks at iFixit who have conducted their ritualistic teardown of the computer, the computer has been given a 1/10 in terms of repairability. This is largely due to the fact that the tape to open the iMac needs to be cut open with the right tools, and even then you will need to find new tape to replace it when you’re done.

This means that the average Joe will not be able to do this on their own. They also found that the RAM and CPU has been soldered to the logic board, meaning that DIY enthusiasts who want to upgrade their iMacs themselves will pretty much have no chance of doing so, and will be stuck with whatever configuration they have selected.

They also found that the glass and LCD are fused together, which once again means that replacing one part is impossible as you would basically need to replace both, which means that the cost of repairing it will be higher. Ultimately you could always send it to Apple who will probably be more than equipped to fix it for you, but if you were thinking of doing it yourself or sending it to a third-party, things might get difficult.

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