New 21.5-inch 4K iMac Teardown Reveals Removable RAM and CPU

Apple’s Kaby Lake refresh of the 21.5-inch iMac went on sale earlier this week, and the folks over at iFixit have already gone ahead and posted its teardown.

The team tore down the $1,299 model of the 21.5-inch iMac featuring a 3GHz Intel Core i5 Kaby Lake chip, 8GB RAM, Radeon Pro 555 GPU, and a 1TB HDD spinning at 5400RPM. The teardown, surprisingly, reveals that the latest generation iMac comes with removable RAM and CPU.

While Apple had previously soldered the SO-DIMM RAM and CPU to the logic board of its iMac, both components are accessible and replaceable on this year’s Mac, which makes it the first iMac in years to offer at least some degree of user upgradability.

Despite the RAM and CPU being removable, accessing the internals of an iMac is still a difficult process as it requires one to remove the front display panel.

Sadly if you planned on installing an SSD on the 2017 iMac, you’ll be disappointed to know that it does not come with any SSD slots. The 1TB drive uses the SATA connector so your only option would be to use a SATA based SSD.

As with previous years, accessing the internals of the iMac still remains a difficult process, with the display and the cover glass being fused which makes replacing it an expensive process.

Overall, despite Apple shipping its newest iMac with a removable CPU and RAM, iFixit gives it a repairability score of 3 out of 10 due to the difficult process of accessing its internals.

[Via iFixit]