Fresh from the announcement Apple iMac 27 2020 is already undergoing its first video teardown, thanks to the OWC YouTube channel. The differences with the previous model, apparently, are not many – after all, it is mainly an upgrade of the specifications, the design remains almost unchanged. Among the main ones it is worth noting:
- Since the SSD is now provided on all models instead of the mechanical disk, the internal layout is a little less crowded and the teardown is less laborious. Unfortunately, the SSD is soldered to the motherboard, so it cannot be replaced.
- The new FHD webcam is now attached to the LCD with adhesive. You need to be more careful than before when disassembling the display, as there is an extra cable to disconnect before removing it completely.
- Apparently there are internal support points for installing additional SSDs in the 4 and 8 TB configurations.
- The microphones are new – studio quality, says Apple; in fact there is one more glued to the body, while the other two, at least from an aesthetic point of view, are the same.
- RAM continues to be accessible by the user – there is a flap on the back of the body. It becomes the only upgradeable component.
At the same time, some benchmarks emerge on the model equipped with an Intel Core i9 processor that indicate that it is a custom model made expressly for the Apple. According to Geekbench, it's called Core i9-10910: it has a much higher base frequency than the "usual" 19-10900 (3.6 GHz against 2.9) but on the other hand it pushes less high in boost mode (5 GHz against 5.20). The benchmark shows 6.9% better performance in single-core operations, but 9.6% worse in multi. The data are explained by assuming a higher TDP, as already rumored – from 65 to 95 W.