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The new iMac is more metal plate than computer, according to iFixit's latest teardown

An x-ray of the new iMac, courtesy of iFixit, shows two massive metal plates and tiny internals. (Image via iFixit)
An x-ray of the new iMac, courtesy of iFixit, shows two massive metal plates and tiny internals. (Image via iFixit)
In the first part of its latest teardown, iFixit reveals just how tiny the logic board of the new M1 iMac actually is. Most of the interior of the desktop is taken up by two huge metal plates; all the computing hardware is contained on a board that seems to take up less than 10% of the interior volume.

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Popular teardown site iFixit released the first part of their disassembly of the new M1 iMac, and it has already revealed some surprising details about the makeup of Apple’s latest desktop.

The biggest takeaway is how little computer there actually is in the M1 iMac. This is to be expected—the logic boards used in the M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are tiny, even for laptops.

Considering the comparatively enormous chassis of the 24” iMac, the logic board looks extremely small. At a quick glance, the logic board seems to take up less than 10% of the total interior volume of the new iMac.

The most prominent feature of the iMac’s innards is the presence of two massive metallic plates. The experts at iFixit have no idea why these plates are inside the iMac, but they could be used for thermal management or structural integrity.

Other key features are the four speakers (two on either end of the logic board), the display board along the top of the machine, and what appears to be two coin cell batteries in the middle of the housing.

Another question comes to mind concerning the much-criticized bottom bezel: if the logic board is so small, why did Apple feel the need to design the iMac with a gargantuan chin? Perhaps it was to house the logic board and speakers so that the display could be made as thin as possible.

Otherwise, there’s not much else going on in the iMac. IFixit will post the second part of the M1 iMac soon, revealing the secrets of the speakers, the magic keyboard, and other components.

What do you think of the inside of the M1 iMac? Let us know in the comments.

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I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2021-05-25 (Update: 2021-05-25)