New 27-inch iMac 5K teardown reveals internal changes
Repairability shouldn’t be much of an issue.
A teardown video shared by Other World Computing (OWC) unearths the interior adjustments made in the new 27-inch iMac. Apple refreshed the iMac earlier this week.
The 2020 iMac was announced with 10th-generation Intel Core processors, AMD Radeon Pro 5000 series graphics, up to 128GB of RAM and 8TB of storage. More importantly, Apple made SSDs a standard across the entire iMac line-up. As a result, there’s no mechanical hard drive present, instead a small SSD is soldered directly into the motherboard. However, expansion slots are included for additional SSDs in the 4TB and 8TB iMac configurations.
Due to lack of mechanical hard drive a large amount of unused free space has been left within the machine. Apple didn’t opt for an additional cooling system in this free space, unlike in the iMac Pro. Apple has added one more microphone attached to the bottom of the case, with the other one sticking to the same position as seen in previous models. The new 1080p webcam is attached to the LCD.
With the 2020 iMac sharing most of its internal components with previous models, repairability shouldn’t be much of an issue. The new 27-inch iMac 5K is priced at $1,799 for the base model.