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.