THE HANDY TECHNICIANS at iFixit have cracked open Apple's latest MacBook Pro 13in and 15in notebooks with Retina displays just days after launch and awarded them a one out of 10 repairability rating.
"We took apart the new 15in Retina MacBook Pro with the hopes that Apple made it more repair-friendly than the debut mid 2012 model," Ifixit said. "Unfortunately, things didn't really work out in our favour; in fact, they took a turn for the (slightly) worse."
Despite a bunch of proprietary pentalobe screws, which iFixit said prevent you from gaining access to anything inside, it managed to crack open the laptop and access its internals to discover the battery has the same "excessive adhesive" as seen in previous models, which is just as nearly impossible to safely remove as before.
"The lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it'll break during disassembly. The battery also covers the trackpad cable, which tremendously increases the chance that the user will shear the cable in the battery removal process," iFixit said.
The RAM is soldered to the logic board, meaning that you can't upgrade it. And the proprietary SSD has changed to a PCIe format, but it still isn't a standard 2.5in drive.
"However, it is a separate daughtercard, and we're hopeful we can offer an upgrade in the near future," iFixit added.
Other factors that make it difficult and expensive to repair is the Macbook Pro's Retina display assembly, which is completely fused. This means there's no glass protecting it, so if anything ever fails inside the display, you will need to replace the entire assembly.
Apple launched the new Macbook Pro 13in and 15in notebooks on Tuesday boasting Intel Haswell chips, which Apple claims makes them up to 90 percent faster than before.
The updated 13in Macbook Pro, which retails for £1,099, is also thinner at 19mm and lighter than before at 1.62kg, and should offer faster WiFi thanks to its 802.11ac support.
The refreshed 15in Macbook Pro model, which weighs 2.02kg and measures 18mm deep, sees improvements in the graphics department thanks to its new Crystal Iris Pro chip. There's also 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and, like its smaller sibling, WiFi 801.11ac support. It retails for £1,699 and is available now. µ
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