So about 3 years ago I decided to just live with the multiple cracks in the glass of my late 2012 iMac. The fact is that the glass and the LCD are one piece and not designed to be replaced separately
But it is also true that you can manage to remove the glass only and for a while there were a couple of examples of someone doing so on You Tube
Also about 4 years ago when I did my initial research you could in fact buy an aftermarket replacement glass for a late 2012 iMac. That product sat in my save for later file until eventually Amazon sent notice that the product was no longer available and it was removed
In my recent searches I can not find that replacement glass or any like it and for the life of me I cannot remember the seller
So it appears that parts of what everyone has posted is correct in some manner with the exception of someone being an idiot
The facts are the glass and the LCD are sold as one piece
Someone can carefully separate the glass from the LCD successfully
It appears that a glass only replacement for the late 2012 iMac is unattainable at this time
If anyone actually finds a replacement glass that works I would like to know as well
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Great information - BUT - Amazingly, no one here has given a clue where to find a replacement. This glass screen, not being an official Apple part is, so far, impossible to find. So, for those that have succeeded in removing just the glass, where did you find a replacement?
I found the glass you are looking for on ebay and Amazon
da JOHN KEVIN COVINGTON
11/11/2019 KEVIN COVINGTON - Is An Idiot! I know because its ME! LOL! Here's what I learned after many a log-on-journey. MY MODEL the "Late 2012", and I'm sure the prior Macs, DO NOT HAVE REPLACEMENT GLASS. And, the display is attached to the Mac's glass. One member, "KillerTruth186" has posted some pics of his process. But I am unclear if it was successful or not. The last pic he posted, appears to be his badly damaged display. ALSO November of 2019, I was informed by Apple the display replacement is $600. UPDATE: This model iMac is considered "OBSOLETE" by Apple and they no longer carry the display part. ALL MACS MANUFACTURED AFTER LATE 2012 ARE DESIGNED TO BE EASILY REPAIRED NOW, AND ONLY THE GLASS NEED REPLACING IF CRACKED. You can locate the entire display used at many websites. as for me? MAC MINI with a 70" wall-mounted monitor for my recording studio. HOPE THIS HELPED. (looks like I'm late to the party) KEVIN COVINGTON
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The removal is successful. But I had ended up breaking the damaged display. One of the paper like tabs is the original broken part. I had damaged the glass part of the monitor during the removal. Also I had ended up trying to pry off the wrong glass, which it lead to chipping the glass display (front glass).
And yes, I did sliced my finger. Trying to separate the monitor and the glass panel. Also I had gotten the replacement monitor cheaply.