iFixit rips apart Apple's new 5K iMac in latest teardown

By Shawn Knight · 20 replies
Oct 18, 2014
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  1. The key feature of Apple's new iMac is in the name: the 5K Retina display. Despite the fact that Apple's latest went on sale just days ago, the repair specialists at iFixit couldn't resist the urge to see if the...

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  2. Quyaan

    Quyaan TS Rookie

    Very neat
  3. iFixit rips apart Apple's $2500 iMac 5k... finds only $300 in actual components and gimmicks
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  4. That's right baby. Rip that inverter right off! Make sure your hands are wet too! :p
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    This product is very important for the market, raising the expectations. It won't take long before we start seeing 5K monitors for much less money than what DELL is trying to rip off its 5K offer.

    I was a bit surprised that the screen panel came from LG. Now I'm not sure I want to buy their 34UC95 for $1500, it seems too much for a screen with 3440x1440 when the company already got 5K up their sleeve.
  6. Inverter?
  7. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,400

    What I normally see happen is that premium brands keep the price high for awhile until some under dog comes in with a budget oriented version. I think this price trend will continue into 2016. The market is still flooded with some oddball 4k models that the uninformed continue to buy. Until that stops we wont see any competitive pricing on high end 4&5k displays
  8. You could build this for $300? Please tell me where to buy the components!
  9. Please tell me where to buy the components!

    Maybe in China.
  10. SuperVeloce

    SuperVeloce TS Booster Posts: 133   +34

    yeah sure... have you ever seen intel cpu prices?

    lol don't get your hopes up. There will probably never be a 5k display under $1000
  11. Never? I remember when people were saying that about 14" LCD screens 15 years ago. One day in the not so distant future 27" 5k screens will be antiquated.
  12. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    Build it for $300. Lol of course
  13. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +67

    I paid $1000 (£750) for my first HD Ready tv 9 years ago. 720p LG. Still works but the blacks aren't good.
  14. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    I was checking the prices last night, and something just upset me - huge price differences from one country to another.

    I looked at the online price of iMac Retina with top configuration (32GB RAM, i7, M295X, 1TB SSD), and converted those prices into euro as per the current exchange rates. And here's what I got:

    USA: €3447
    UK: €4437
    Ireland: €4599
    Germany: €4499
    Spain: €4529
    Sweden: €4553
    Russia: €4007
    China: €4109
    Japan: €3263

    In all, the prices start at €3263 in Japan, ending with €4599 in Ireland, for the exact same product. That's €1366 difference between markets.

    And unfortunately for me, as I live in the rip-off Ireland, we have the highest price of them all.
  15. Railman

    Railman TS Booster Posts: 708   +101

    Is that because you have a high rate of VAT? Ireland is 23% whilst UK is 20%.
  16. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    That may be. I'm not worried about Ireland vs UK price difference, it is small. But Russia, USA, Japan, China - those get huge discounts, especially Japan.

    In fact, a flight over to the USA costs much less then the price difference, worth going there just to buy the new product and bring it back.

    Apple's pricing policy is quite rotten. It is not so much based on the local taxes, it is based mostly on what they think they can get away with.
  17. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 2,092   +1,266

    You would most likely have to pay duties when you brought it back so it wouldn't be worth it. It's not like the government hasn't thought of that scenario.
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    If you came to the US to purchase it, especially in a major city, you are going to get hit with at least 10% sales tax, so it really isn't as drastic of a price difference as you are seeing.
  19. FWIW in Alberta, Canada there is no sales tax, only 5% Federal Goods and Services Tax. Top configuration $4893.00 CAD, free shipping. LOL
  20. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    I quoted me for one thing, and them replied with something else. Anyway, it leaves a purchase from eBay.com as a good option to save money.
  21. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    As much as I don't care for apple, I doubt this is their doing. This pricing structure is normal for many good from what I've seen. It's most likely just taxes, like VAT, as pointed out already. Maybe if you don't like your gov, you should vote them out.
  22. Sectran

    Sectran TS Rookie

    so you are planning to build an iMac after 15 years? smart move, you will probably build it at 70% off the current price :)))

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