DON'T EVEN BOTHER trying to repair Apple's new 12in MacBook yourself, is the latest message from iFixit, which has slapped the device with the lowest possible repairability score.
Apple's new MacBook went on sale last week, and iFixit has been quick to rip one apart.
The teardown team ripped the device apart in every sense of the word, slapping the MacBook with a repairability score of one out of 10, which means it's near impossible to repair.
This is partly down to Apple's use of proprietary screws, which are designed to be tamper proof. This makes opening the device "unnecessarily difficult", iFixit said, adding that "new cable routing makes the procedure even trickier".
"This may be the future of laptops, but Apple has stuck to its tradition of using tamperproof five-point pentalobe screws for the new MacBook. Le sigh," iFixit said.
The processor, RAM and flash memory are all soldered to the logic board, making them tricky to remove, while the battery is "entirely, and very solidly, glued into the lower case".
"Ugh! Even the centre cell of the battery is glued down, and we had hoped that the sticky cells we found in the new 13in MacBook Pro wouldn't be a trend," said iFixit.
"To complicate the procedure, the battery sits down in a well; the only safe place to pry is over this aluminium wall."
If you're one of the 48,000 who picked up a new MacBook on day one, you'll be hoping that you don't break the screen, which also proved a nuisance during the teardown.
"The Retina display is still a fused unit with no separate, protective glass," iFixit moaned. "If the display needs replacing, it'll cost a pretty penny."
Finally, iFixit has a bone to pick with the onboard USB Type-C port, a feature that hasn't gone down too well with consumers either.
It's held together by tri-wing screws, which require a special tool to remove, and iFixit pointed out that, as it's the only port on the MacBook, it will "experience more use and wear than a typical single-purpose port".
If that hasn't put you off picking up the new MacBook, Apple is promising delivery within "four to six weeks". µ
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