Model A1418 / Late 2012 / 2.7 & 2.9 GHz Core i5 or 3.1 GHz Core i7 Processor

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If I have smoke damage (residue) on the bottom corners of the screen itself (between the inside of the glass and the outside of the actual display), can I use this process to clean those smoke/dust particles out? If so, what cleaning cloth/device/method should be used on the interior of the glass and on the bare electronic screen?

Also, is my late 2013 iMac a good one to fully upgrade (would maxing out all of its upgrades come anywhere close in performance and pricing to a new iMac or MBP, or should I just save up for a new MacBookPro, being that I want a top of the line one and the price tag may not be TOO much more than upgrades for the iMac-->upgradability: <https://support.apple.com/kb/SP687?local...

>? I don't know the technical jargon too well. I just want to know if I should be able to get a faster, SSD, retina (or better) display, newest/fastest ports, all around better computer for roughly the same price as putting all this work into my old iMac. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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This model has a fused cover glass onto the display to remove the problem of dust or smoke from collecting. I would strongly recommend you visit an Apple Store to have this fixed under the extended warranty they have on this issue. Don't wait to long here as the clock is ticking! I think it ends in the next month.

As to upgrades: This system is some what limited on what you can upgrade. Review the IFIXIT tear down on this system to get an idea on what is possible iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544 Teardown. As you can see its a lot of work just to add more memory.

While you could max out the system with 16GB of RAM, upgrade the HD to a larger drive and if your system is able to support a M.2 blade SSD add it if it isn't already present. It won't offer a retina screen nor be more powerful from what a newer system could offer. You will gain performance it's just not at the magnitude of getting a new system.

The real question is do you really need more power and is an iMac the best choice for what you are doing? If performance is important to you I would recommend to jump to a MacPro system. Here you can easily open your system and modify it as needed. Here's the IFIXIT tear down for it: Mac Pro Late 2013 Teardown.

Lastly, you may want to wait a bit as Apple is expected to intro some new systems in September.

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