A Few days after the launch, iFixit Handymen have taken their tool to Apple’s iMac with 5K Retina display and given it a rather unsatisfactory 5 out of 10 repairability score.
iFixit torn apart the £1999 new iMac desktop in order to find out that its glass and LCD screen are fused together, “and there seems to be no more magnets holding the glass in place”, that makes it hard to slip back to original condition.
Apple has launched its updated iMac desktop machine on Thursday, flaunting a 27in 5120×2880 resolution 5K Retina Display, a screen the company has named “the world’s highest resolution display” due to its 14.7 million pixel count.
iMac Retina Display measures just about 5mm thin along with 7 times more pixels than on a 1080p HD TV and 67% more than a 4K display.
Though, the iFixit’s major complaint in the fresh iMac, is the double-sided sticky take that holds the display in place once it’s been sliced open.
iFixit Handymen stated that, “You’ll have to masterfully peel off the old double-sided sticky tape and apply new tape in order to reseal this iMac into original condition. He further added, that exclusive of the new display, the hardware inside the iMac Intel 27in Retina 5K Display looks much the same as last year’s iMac.
iFixit Handymen stated in the teardown, “Whereas the process still needs a firm hand and an eagerness to swap the custom-cut, two-sided adhesive tape when you’re done, or else it’s pretty simple, and unchanged from previous models.”
When it comes to the data cable, iFixit told that slightly wider than the last year’s model in order to support the extra pixels and users will still be able to replace the hard drive and CPU inside the machine, even if with some adhesive cutting.
Furthermore, iMac Retina Display comes with the RAM, which is user-replaceable without opening the cover, thanks to the rear access door, and components are modular and fairly easy to remove.
During the launchon session, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller stated that, the iMac’s 5K display quality was achieved through the invention of a new display timing controller, or “single supercharged Apple-designed timing controller (TCON)” that drives the 14.7m pixels with 4 times the bandwidth that helps to display pixels swiftly and evenly across the incredibly detailed display.