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[* black] Huzzah! The M1 iMac still uses the classic iMac adhesive—it's not quite the goopy iPad nightmare that we feared.
[* icon_note] We don't love glued-together desktops—but if you ''insist'', then this sort of split-friendly foam adhesive has been our go-to recommendation since we first encountered it in the [guide|11936|2012 iMac|new_window=true]. It carves open easily with our [product|IF145-219-4|handy-dandy cutting wheel].
[* black] The rest of the opening procedure is less familiar, however. The clearance at the top edge seems tighter than we remember.
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Meanwhile, the cutting action is disconcertingly bumpy—fortunately, our pizza cutter is just rolling over a series of screw posts, nothing delicate. Everything seems very well protected around the perimeter.
[* black] The rest of the opening procedure is less familiar, however. The clearance at the top edge seems tighter than we remember.
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Meanwhile, the cutting action is disconcertingly bumpy—fortunately, our pizza cutter is just rolling over a series of screw posts, nothing delicate. Everything seems very well protected around the perimeter.
[* black] We slowly open the display and watch for booby traps, but all the cables connect at the bottom, with enough slack that they won't tear unless you get reckless.
[* black] [guide|136237|Unlike on past iMacs|stepid=271088], the "chin" lifts away with the display—it's just a single piece of glass that extends below the panel. This somewhat simplifies access to the internals, since they're now fully exposed.
[* black] [guide|136237|Unlike on past iMacs|stepid=271088], the "chin" lifts away with the display—it's just a single piece of glass that extends below the panel. This somewhat simplifies access to the internals, since they're now fully exposed.
[* icon_note] We can't wait to take a look at those radiator-looking bits—could they be speaker chambers?