iFixit Goes to Town on the Thunderbolt Display

The torx-heads at iFixit have pried apart Apple’s new Thunderbolt display, revealing nearly enough hardware packed behind the 27″ screen to be an iMac itself. The display features built-in Thunderbolt and Magsafe connectors, a FaceTime camera, 2.1 speaker system, USB, FireWire, Ethernet, and more. Of course, with such an expensive piece of hardware, cracking it open yourself is not recommended unless you have a very good reason. Nevertheless, iFixit gives the display a 8/10 for “repairability”, so if worse comes to worst you should be able to take a peak under the hood without encountering too many problems.

  • Thunderbolt Display Repairability Score: 8 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
  • Only T6 and T10 torx screws hold it together, meaning minimal tooling is required to service.
  • Minimal use of adhesives means reassembly will be easier and cleaner.
  • Front glass panel and LCD are easy to remove and major components are exposed upon removal.
  • You have to use suction cups to remove the front glass, which could end poorly if not done properly.
  • While disassembly was very straightforward, there are a lot of parts, cables and connectors, making full reassembly not for the faint of heart.
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