Contrary to all that I’\ve posted in recent times about new macs, it’s looking like I will be buying a new iMac later this year, most likely July time. It pains me (financially and ethically) to do it, but I just can’t find a suitably priced 2nd hand alternative; I need at least 2015 or newer, and these are fetching well over the grand mark, and I’m not spending a grand on 2nd hand!
I’m hearing rumours that a new iMac is expected this summer, anyone here able to add fuel to that fire? I know there are a few fanboys about this place ;-)
My thinking is in the run-up to the new one, or upon release, local retailers might be reducing the price of the older model, so I might at least only have to take a smaller rogering, not a full-length balls deep one.
Assuming the process fo the new 2019 is the same as the older slim models, it’s easy enough. When I was set on a used machine I looked into it and even saw one done. Carefully does it but no real bother. I’ve been taking apart and upgrading iMacs (and iPhones*) since forever.
Problem is, on a new machine, it invalidates the warranty.
*My girls have iPhones and are forever breaking the screens.
Ya, you just use the separator tools, maybe a bit of heat and an awful lot of careful time and patience. A lifetime of working of delicate high end bikes with stupidly fragile parts has taught me over the years to have a good “feel” when it comes to these sorts of thing. Pulling the screen doesn’t bother me, it would be the invalidating of the warranty that rules it out.
if an imac with an intel processor continues to run macOS – then a hackintosh with the same processor should too, all other things being equal – of course there is no doubt that apple is always trying to make hackintosh users go away, so there are plenty of other possible apple changes that would render it useless.
but the bonus of a hackintosh is that it will always be usable in the long run, because it will run linux and windows very well. not everyone has a use for those things, but linux is my preferred development platform and my kids use windows for gaming. generic PC hardware is guaranteed to have a nice long life in my house.
that said i have three totally functional imacs in my house that have become practically useless as apple as EOL’d their year. this despite being newer than most of the other hardware i own. very frustrating.
judging by my own purchases, all-in-one desktop machines age very quickly. i won’t ever buy one again if i can help it.