iFixit Teardown: 5K Retina iMac Shares 2013 Model’s Hardware

iFixit Teardown: 5K Retina iMac Shares 2013 Model's Hardware

Specialists at iFixit have recently opened up the latest 27-inch Retina iMac, which debuted in 2014. This model received a mid-range score of 5 out of 10 on iFixit’s Repairability Scale, indicating a moderate level of ease for repairs.

Despite its impressive display, the 2014 iMac maintains many internal similarities to its predecessors.

iFixit Teardown: 5K Retina iMac Shares 2013 Model's Hardware

It shares the same SSD as the late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro, and other components like the AirPort/Bluetooth card and logic board are nearly identical to those found in the previous year’s 27-inch iMac model.

While the iMac’s Repairability Score was only average, iFixit pointed out that many of the internal components are modular and can be fairly easily replaced or repaired. The RAM can be upgraded through a panel on the back, and both the hard drive and CPU can be accessed by removing adhesive.

The most challenging part to repair is the display panel made by LG, which is fused together with the glass and no longer secured by magnets.

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

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