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Teardown: What Makes the iMac Intel 27 Inch Tick?

iFixit.com
10/21/2013  
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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Re : iMac Intel 27
Cabe Atwell   5/11/2014 12:17:24 AM
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@ logisch- I though the same thing as well, wondering if I was going to see some new Apple 'cube' looking Mac!

ETS354
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Re: Re : iMac Intel 27
ETS354   11/4/2013 3:35:04 PM
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I too find it sad about Apple. I have a iMac Late 2008 that still works great. I was going to upgrade this year, but I see no real big improvement. MS machine, Like HP, have full touch screens, Solid State Drives, I7 Processor, some 8 cores and etc. Untill Apple gets a new Stevo to kick the design team into Warp Drive, I see no need to go any further with Apple.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   10/23/2013 11:55:19 AM
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Good catch, Logisch. Once you look at the teardown, it sure doesn't seem 27 inches thick. I do have a set, however, that really is about 27 inches thick. And hey, how do you get rid of these tube TVs when you buy a flat screen.?

AnandY
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Re : iMac Intel 27
AnandY   10/23/2013 6:37:38 AM
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I have always been a Mac guy and it's sad that I probably wouldn't have leant about this iMac 27" had it not been for this article. I actually don't see much difference between this particular iMac and its preceding generation. The few additions to the interior specs are not really much to write home about. Love the external design though, as usual.

logisch
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logisch   10/23/2013 3:42:49 AM
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thin? the headline states its "27 Inch Thick". ;-)

That reminds me on the good old tube ages where screen devices were really in that dimension for thickness. For the device in question it might be some 27 mm or a bit more - i just have not checked the bounding box dimensions of that product up to now.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   10/22/2013 6:48:10 PM
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That would be really interesting Nadine. iMacs go all the way back to '98. The innards of those machines would look like museum pieces.

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Re: CPU swapping
phantasyconcepts   10/22/2013 4:25:09 PM
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I used to swap CPUs all of the time.  The only reason I stopped was the fact that the number of sockets and processor types mushroomed to the point that now I have to read the motherboard specs, the chip specs, the BIOS guide and so forth just to see if the CPU that I bought will fit on the PC's mainboard.  Then I have to figure out whether or not the memory will give me problems, whether or not the power supply will provide the right voltage to the CPU, if the hard drive controller is fast enough to feed the data-hungry replacement, etc.  I pretty much gave up on it because of all of the chicken and egg stuff that was going on in the hardware side.  I went on the software side and stuck with Linux.  At least if I work on Linux kernels, the stuff that doesn't work usually just needs a little code fix to make it work.

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nostalgic tick
NadineJ   10/22/2013 10:54:02 AM
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Looking through this makes me want to see a side-by-side tear down of the current iMac next to one of the first iMacs.

It would be interesting to really see how much things have changed on the inside.

solarsculptor
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Re: Perfection
solarsculptor   10/22/2013 9:33:33 AM
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All Imacs have a "display mode" so that you can hook them up to another computer and just use them as a display. In fact they even support a wireless mode so you don't even need to connect your iphone,ipad, or laptop and you can use it as an external monitor. So the problem of that high quality display going to waste when the cpu is out of date has been covered by Apple. The funny thing is the pricing on their monitors is such that if you want a high quality monitor you can get an Imac for just a few hundred dollars more and use it as both a monitor for another computer or a stand alone with just a restart.

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Re: Perfection
ChasChas   10/22/2013 9:25:15 AM
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Like cars, most of us just drive them. Those of us interested, have another car to trick out. I've seen Cadilacs made into pickups, but each their own. 

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