The new iMac was released for sale in Apple retail stores and the Apple online store yesterday and many people have rushed to pick up the latest model. So much so, in fact, that shipping estimates for the new Mac have started to lengthen significantly. However, the awesome tear-down folk at iFixit have managed to get their hands on one and have taken it apart to reveal the interior of the iMac.
While the iMac certainly looks beautiful, both inside and out, the repairability score has dropped from 7 out of 10 for the previous model of iMac, down to a rather poor 3 out of 10, meaning that it’s almost nigh on impossible for your average user to repair any of the components. ‘Aha!’ I hear you cry, ‘But that’s what the Genius bar is for’. To some extent, that’s true, we don’t tend to twiddle with Mac repair in the same way we do PCs. But, there is another big issue.
In order to perform a RAM upgrade in the new 21.5 inch iMac, which is perhaps the most common piece of maintenance that an Apple user will perform on their device, you have to “unglue your screen and remove the logic board”. Now, given how thin and fragile that screen looks, you can kiss my ass if you think I’m attempting that. So, it’ll be back to the Genius bar.
I guess that’s the problem with good design?