As Apple speeds ahead to make computers slimmer, you might wonder if there’s any point in slimming down a desktop machine. Does the new iMac Pro live up to the name, and allow for upgrades in the future?
Luckily, the guts inside the Pro version are completely different to the previous iterations of the iMac. iFixit picked up the base model of the iMac Pro and tore it to shreds. Their objective was to see how repairable it is, and what users can add after purchasing it.
Unfortunately, it’s not nearly as upgradable as the Mac Pro (the 2013 “trash can”). In recent years Apple has been soldering everything right onto the motherboard, effectively creating irreplaceable components. This isn’t necessarily the case here; it’s just awfully difficult to break the machine down.
In order to get in to remove the SSD or RAM, you’ll need to basically take the entire computer apart. As a result, the iMac Pro received a 3/10 score for reparability. Here are the main takeaways:
- The RAM is the easiest component to replace, so you could pick up some aftermarket RAM (iFixit sells a kit) that is cheaper than Apple’s.
- The GPU is soldered in, but the custom CPU isn’t. While it’s technically possible to replace the CPU, iFixit hasn't tested anything yet.
- The SSDs don’t have the PCIe/NVMe controller onboard, meaning that these are too custom to replace (easily anyway).
Some other interesting finds was that while they both share the same 5K LG monitor, you can’t swap them around due to the redesign. If you’d like to get into the nitty gritty, check out the full teardown.