Happy fallidays! ‘Tis the season of the teardown and we just got our mitts on Apple’s refreshed 21.5” iMac. This 1080p model may be just enough to whet your appetite before the Retina 4K teardown, but we’re hoping the refresh is more than just a new EMC number. Grab a pumpkin spice latte and join in on the teardown fun!
Inside the familiar slim chassis we found only minor modifications to better secure the antenna cables, and of course some new chips. Unfortunately, the hardware is pretty much unchanged and suffers a 1 out of 10 on the repairability scale.
iMac 21.5″ teardown highlights:
• The lack of upgradeable RAM and CPU is a major bummer; we fear the day of the soldered desktop hard drive.
• The base model now ships with a built-in 1.6 GHz processor, and 1 TB hard drive, but the Fusion Drive-enabling socket of yore is gone for good, it seems.
But don’t limit yourself to just teardown highlights. Check out the full teardown here.