iMac with Retina 5K display is hard to mend

By Peter Chubb - Oct 19, 2014

We are never going to see a new 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display will it blend, but we do get to see a teardown of Apple’s latest and greatest iMac to date. One thing is evident from the start, and that is not much has changed on the inside. Ok, so we know it comes with that new display, and some upgrades to its processor and GPU, but you have the same SSD, as well as the logic board, Bluetooth controller and the same overall layout of the components.

One thing becomes overly clear when reading through this iFixit teardown, and that is the Retina iMac 5K is hard to mend, so no change there either. As for the Retina iMac repairability score, this has been given a 5, and so we would advise you to not attempt to make repairs yourself. Maybe upgrade your RAM, but that is pretty much it.

Retina iMac teardown

There have been some great comments on the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K teardown video, although there is one that seems very interesting. One person asked how iFixit was able to get hold of one so quick and tear it down yesterday? How do you think they were able to get hold of one so quick and then take it apart to see its innards?

During the teardown process we can see that some parts of the new iMac were assembled in the US, while others in China, so at least that is a good thing to bring some more work to U.S. shores.

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Retina iMac is hard to mend

  • RAM upgrade is huge…easily a couple hundreds in savings.