iMac Opening Wheel

$7.95

Product code: IF145-219

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iMac Opening Wheel

$7.95

Product code: IF145-219

Product Overview

It's like opening an iMac pizza

  • The unique design of recent iMac models requires the cutting of the foam tape on the display to get inside.
  • This tool comes in two parts:
    • The handle is made of reinforced nylon and easily accommodates the cutting wheel while providing plenty of grip. In addition, the back of the handle features a thin prying and slicing blade to ensure you loosen all the adhesive.
    • The cutting wheel is specifically designed to slip in the hair-thin gap between the display and the aluminum frame, then easily cut the foam holding the two pieces together.

Compatibility

  • iMac Intel 21.5" and 27" models with display adhesive

Product Details

$7.95 Complete Tool

 

Condition:

New

$7.95 Replacement Wheels / 5 Pack

 

Condition:

New

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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

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2546

Difficulty: Difficult

iMac Intel 27" EMC 2639

Difficulty: Difficult

iMac Intel 27" Retina 5K Display

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)
iMac Intel 27" EMC 2546
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
3.2 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
3.4 GHz (Core i7, Late 2012)
iMac Intel 27" EMC 2639
3.2 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
3.4 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
3.5 GHz (Core i7, Late 2013)
iMac Intel 27" Retina 5K Display
3.3 GHz (Mid 2015)
3.5 GHz (Late 2014)
4.0 GHz (Late 2014)
 

Stories

My Problem

weil ich es kann, oder, wie ich danach bemerken musste, anscheinend doch nicht

My Fix

supergeil

My Advice

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My Problem

Replaced existing HDD with SSD in two different 27" iMacs.

My Fix

Went smoothly after receiving the Opening Wheel and iFixit cards.

My Advice

DO NOT attempt to open without using the iMac Opening Wheel or something similar. I learned the hard way and cracked the glass of the first iMac I attempted to open using a prying tool. The iMac Opening Wheel does a great job of cutting through the double-sided tape used to hold the glass panel to the body of the iMac.

My Problem

This iMac was a sad little unit that needed some SSD love.

My Fix

The repair went perfectly and the directions were straightforward. Plenty of detail for the uninitiated.

My Advice

Geez, how I hate tape. The tape on this particular unit seemed to have gotten gooey over time. It took quite a bit of work to get it off of both sides. Don't get overzealous when removing the tape from the back of the glass or you will take the glass backing tape off as well. Also be aware of the angle of the glass when putting it back together. Less is more. I ended up 1/16" high on the top, not flush, as the tape stuck when placing the glass back on the lower shelf. Otherwise this one is an easy job.

My Problem

Replace HDD with SSD on late model 2015 iMac 27" 5K retina.

My Fix

Excellent. "Piece of cake".

My Advice

Watch the videos a couple of times and take it slow and eazy. Used blue painters tape to hold the display back together to make sure everything works while doing a system restore from a Time Machine backup from a external drive. Once your system is running fine and reboots with no issues then remove the painters tape and seal the display back up with the new adhesive kit. One trick I did was to to apply the adhesive kit to the iMac frame but leave the glass side of the adhesive protective cover on the (sides and top) strips. Then hook up the display cables and tape the display in place with the blue painters tape again. Verify the iMac boots and the display is working (cables are connected properly). Then pull off the blue painters tape while you let the glass fall forward at a 45 degree angle and expose the glass side adhesive strip protective covers enough to pull them off all the way around the glass. Make sure your glass is properly aligned to the bottom edge then press the glass in place to create the bond. Make sure your allignment is perfect before you close because you only get one shot at this because one the glass bonds to the adhesive its their to stay.

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

The computer is a brand new 27" iMac. It didn't need fixing, I was not happy with the speed of the Internal 1TB mechanical drive. I got a good deal on it because I didn't get the Fusion drive. I have also heard that Apple is ripping customers off with a super high-priced Fusion drive that only has about 64GB of flash.

My Fix

The iMac Opening Tool worked flawlessly. I doubt I could have opened the iMac otherwise. I secured for a very reasonable price, a 1TB SSD drive and replaced the mechanical 1TB drive. I also used a 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" adapter. Now the computer works like lightning. It boots in about 15 seconds.

My Advice

The iFixit teardown video was very helpful. I'm pretty good with computer hardware and had no difficulty in opening the iMac and replacing the drive.

Thanks iFxiit!

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My Problem

To replace my 2639 iMac (27" late 2013) HDD with Samsung 850 PRO SSD

My Fix

It went smooth, thanks to iFixit guides, videos, and tools

My Advice

Take your time to plan and prepare for it, handle the screen with extra care, no need to completely remove the left speaker if you plan to replace the HDD; only moving it a little after unscrewing it will do the job.

My Problem

to replace my 27" iMac 1TB HDD with Samsung 850 PRO 512 SSD

My Fix

It went perfect; thanks to iFixit guides and videos

My Advice

take your time to prepare for this, a clean area and quiet place will help a lot. handle the screen with extra care, and there's no actual need to remove the left speaker completely if you just intend to replace the HDD with an SSD

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

I need to change the HDD

My Fix

Fine

My Advice

I ordered all the way from India, the tool was small than expected, i wish the size and dimension was mentioned in the product specification, but anyway iFixit is GREAT