Apple 21.5 Inch 4K iMac Gets 1 Out of 10 for Repairability
If you’re a user who likes to make alterations to your computer, the 21.5 inch 4K iMac might not be for you. The famous folks at iFixit are known to tear down just about everything and put it back together with ease, but even they couldn’t do so with the 4K iMac from Apple.
As a result, the iFixit gave the 21.5 inch iMac a repairability score of 1 out of 10. This is an obvious indication that Apple is pushing in-house serviceability, and some of the decisions by the tech giant make it extremely obvious.
The RAM of the iMac is soldered onto the logic board. That’s fine, and expected in certain devices. What’s really weird though is that the logic board has no Fusion Drive connector, cutting off any plans to add further storage. The Intel CPU is fastened onto the board, making it irremovable without taking drastic measures, and the iMac’s glass cover is melded onto the Retina display.
Of course, this isn’t a very new strategy from Apple. The firm is notorious for making their devices extremely difficult to repair, leaving folks no options but to send it to Apple’s own service repair centers, thus upping the cost even further and giving the company plenty of additional profit. This is a trend we expect to be followed by all future Apple consumer products.
You wouldn’t expect most enthusiasts and hardware geeks to go for an iMac though, so it shouldn’t really be affecting the regular users who want something to work out of the box. Still, the trend being pushed isn’t something encouraging or good for technological progression.
The 21.5 inch 4K iMac has a starting price of $1499 for the 8GB RAM quad-core 3.1GHz Intel Core i5 models, and can cost up to $2,328 for the Core i7 variant, with 16GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drives, and Magic keyboard and mouse.