iMac Intel 21.5" (2012-2015) Adhesive Strips

$19.95

Product code: IF173-005

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iMac Intel 21.5" (2012-2015) Adhesive Strips

$19.95

Product code: IF173-005

Product Overview

Adhesive Strips for Every Repair

  • This complete set of replacement adhesive strips are specifically cut to fit 21.5" iMacs from Late 2012 through Late 2015.
  • The individual adhesive strips are labeled to indicate their correct location as shown in the replacement guides.
  • The kit includes one iMac Opening Tool.

The unique design of the 21.5" iMac requires the replacement of the adhesive strips whenever the display assembly is removed. Fortunately, these adhesive strips are actually a foam tape, easily cut with an iMac Opening Wheel. Unfortunately, the display has to be removed every time anything needs to be replaced or upgraded inside the machine.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • iMac Intel 21.5" EMC Nos. 2544, 2638, 2805, 2889, 2833

Product Details

$19.95 Kit

 

Condition:

New

$14.95 Strips Only

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

This option does not include the iMac Opening Wheel.

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Replacement Guides

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2638

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544
2.7 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
3.1 GHz (Core i7, Late 2012)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2638
2.7 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
3.1 GHz (Core i7, Late 2013)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805
1.4 GHz (Core i5, Mid 2014)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2889
1.6 GHz (Core i5, Late 2015)
2.8 GHz (Core i5, Late 2015)
iMac Intel 21.5" Retina 4K Display
3.1 GHz (Core i5, Late 2015)
3.3 GHz (Core i7, Late 2015)
 

Stories

My Problem

Hard drive went bad.

My Fix

Repair was easier than expected. Tool included with Adhesive strips made the job super easy!

My Advice

Be careful when placing the screen/monitor back in place. The adhesive strips aren't very forgiving. When I put the monitor back in place according to the instructions it still left a small gap at the bottom of the screen and computer. I would suggest putting the computer in the upright position before aligning the bottom of the screen with the computer. This may help eliminate or minimize the gap I encountered. The weight of the monitor may make this step a bit more difficult but it could result in a better seam between the computer and monitor. Just don't forget to connect your monitor cables!!!

My Problem

The entry level IMac 21,5 4K Late 2015 has an HORRENDOUSLY SLOW 1TB 5400 RPM hard drive, that made the whole experience of using the computer, an absolute pain. We got this computer as a replacement for a white polycarbonate Macbook, that turned out to be running a lot faster than the new computer (since I had installed a Samsung EVO SSD 1 TB a year ago) - I wanted to take the SSD out of the Macbook and put it into the new IMac

My Fix

I searched about replacing the hard drive on this machine, and landed on iFixit's guide on how to replace the hard-drive.

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544 Hard Drive Replacement

It was exactly what I needed, BUT... there was a subtle difference that I want to highlight. The SATA connector is now in one piece, so whereas it was easy to disconnect (I just pulled the hard drive out and that's it) it was IMPOSSIBLE to re-connect without disassembling the left speaker.

My Advice

Yes! - In order to complete the hard-drive replacement without any hitches, take the time to remove the left speaker when you remove the hard drive. For that you need to disconnect the two wire connector of the power switch (to be found in the lower left corner of the power logic board. Then, disassemble the fan and take it off (remember to disconnect it's power cable from the logic board) and finally take the speaker off. This will allow you to re-connect the new hard drive without any problem.

My Problem

I wanted to upgrade the sluggish 2.5" 5400 RPM platter drive with a new Samsung EVO 850 SSD, While I was in there, I figured I'd double the 8GB of RAM to 16GB.

My Fix

Success! This guide is spot-on! I was able to follow each step in detail and safely open my iMac without any issues. The repair kit from iFixit was a godsend. The mini pizza cutter tool made quick work of the factory adhesive tape, and the included double-sided tape was a perfect match with simple templates to follow. The original drive came out very easily, and I was even able to painlessly upgrade the RAM. Before sealing it all up, I plugged in the power, confirmed it powered up, and the screen worked as well. All good!

My Advice

It's a bit annoying having to carefully remove the factory adhesive tape, but go slow, use a plastic tool (like a spudger) to peel the tape off and once it starts to peel off, the it comes off quickly. The slowest part of the whole operation was removing the old tape. Also, I followed the advice of another person here who suggested coaxing the RAM out carefully without the need to fully remove the system board. I found plenty of room to remove the old memory and gently angle in the new; took me about 5 minutes total without the need to fully remove all the components. Good luck!

My Problem

Needed to replace the RAM and Hard drive on a late 2013 iMac - a device rated as "get a professional" due to the sealed nature of the iMac.

My Fix

Wonderful. Thee tool to seep rate the iMac display from its back is nothing short of revolutionary. The "pizza cutter" is light years ahead of the "guitar pick" prybar. I can open an iMac in about 3 minutes safely and neatly with the tool. This is my third iMac repair using your kits and they work flawlessly.

My Advice

The step by step instructions are great - read them from start to finish before starting project to avoid any surprises.

My Problem

slow HHD - wanted to put a 2.5" SSD (500GB) to replace the existing HHD

My Fix

It went very well - required tremendous patience to do it - the screen removal and reassemble are the most difficult tasks. I highly suggest to have two persons to do this.

My Advice

two persons recommended - with suction cups for slow assembling process - especially when lining up the screen and chassis. It is not essential to use the bottom adhesive - by eliminating this - makes it easier to "line up the screen" while re-attach the two screen cables.

My Problem

I needed more ram than my original 8 gb and wanted to stick in two 8 gb ram sticks

My Fix

The repair went great except for the fact that I didn't thoroughly plug in my screen and speaker connections.

My Advice

Check your connections before you tape the screen or it might go wrong and you'll have to reopen the screen

My Problem

My client IMac's hard drive was failing and Disk Utility suggested him to backup his data and have it replaced

My Fix

The repair went super smooth thanks to your instructions.

The adhesive strips are a must: without them you cannot keep the screen attached to the frame

My Advice

My personal advice would be to avoid to use the adhesive strip that is located at the bottom of the screen since it is very easy to place back the screen in a wrong alignment and then you will need to detach it again and risk to break it. The adhesive strips on the three sides( right, up, left) are more than enough to hold the screen tight to the frame.

My Problem

My 2012 iMac turned to be very slow with the latest OS X because of the poor spinning drive performance. Decided to replace it the last Samsung 850 EVO SSD.

My Fix

With the tools and instructions from ifixit, the whole replacement only took me about 1 hour, much easier than I expected.

My Advice

The only advice is to make sure the LCD display is aligned when you put it back to the body. With the adhesive tapes, you don't get second chance to adjust. I had been quite cautious but there's still about 0.5mm difference, though it's barely noticeable.

My Problem

My 21.5" iMac had a bad hard drive and I wanted to up the memory from 8 to 16 while I was going to be in there working on the drive.

My Fix

I have to say, the only part that scared me was prying the glass screen off of the unibody. Most sites recommend the guitar pick method and that just seemed fraught with danger. I imagined my screen cracked in half and me having to buy a new iMac. This kit includes a genius "pizza cutter" that lets you open the case in about 60 seconds. It prevents you from sticking the pry tool in too deep and damaging an antennae cable or the camera. Seriously, I ran the opener around the outside about three times and it opened without issue. WONDERFUL.

My Advice

Have a video of the change handy. There are some on this site and on other sites. Seeing the video is much more helpful than the static pictures. And don't expect things to match perfectly between what you see in your machine and what the video or picture shows because Apple makes slight changes throughout the manufacturing lifespan of a unit.. But, if patient and organized, you can service this iMac! The hard drive was super easy. The memory is a harder task as you pretty much have to take everything out to change it. Use a safe static free mat to work on, have plenty of room to remove parts and screws and have some sticky notes or something available to label things/screws so that you remember where they go.

My Problem

I replaced my original HDD with an SSD

My Fix

Followed the ifixit tutorial

My Advice

Do attach the bottom of the screen strip too close to the edge so the when you are putting back the screen you can still have room to adjust the position before it sticks. I'm ended up have the screen attached too high because I couldn't move it.