iFixit has wasted no time in finishing up a teardown of the new 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display, and has discovered that the RAM is user-upgradable, and the machine has a modular CPU. Which means – in idea – even the processor could possibly be upgraded at a later date …
Pigs have flown. Hell hath—certainly—frozen over. It’s Christmas in June! Our teardown confirms that the brand new 21.5″ iMac with 4K Show has each detachable RAM and a modular CPU. In fact, Apple would say neither is user-replaceable. Accessing and changing these elements isn’t precisely straightforward, however we’re saying it’s doable. Perhaps even possible. A tinker-happy person (armed with the proper instruments and information) might at the least double the bottom 8 GB of reminiscence, turning their new iMac with Retina Show into an iMac Semi-Professional.
That is the primary time Apple has had a 21.5-inch iMac with expandable RAM since 2013, and the primary modular CPU since 2012. The RAM board is proven above proper, and right here’s the modular CPU:
The corporate does word that the selection of CPU format could have been compelled on Apple.
Perhaps Apple reverted to a socketed CPU as a result of that’s all Intel has in the mean time (we haven’t seen any desktop-class Kaby Lake CPUs in a BGA package deal). However you’d suppose with Apple’s famously fierce negotiating abilities, they might have gotten a soldered CPU from Intel in the event that they actually wished it.
Don’t count on upgrades to be straightforward, nonetheless.
Regardless of the upgradable RAM and CPU, we’re nonetheless giving this iMac a 3/10 for repairability. Right here’s why: the iMac stays distinctly un-fun to open. All the things is buried underneath a finicky glass panel. It requires a speciality pizza-cutter-like device to breach the adhesive earlier than any restore. Plus the glass and Retina Show are fused collectively, fabulously rising the price of substitute. However hey, a 3/10 is triple the rating of the iMac’s 2015 predecessor.
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