iFixit Teardown of 2013 Retina MacBook Pros Result in 1 Out of 10 Repairability Score
Apple launched a refreshed lineup
of MacBook Pros with retina display on Tuesday, and as per the usual tradition, iFixit
has gotten to tearing apart the new devices to find out whatís inside and what makes them tick. The firm has obtained both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the Apple-branded notebooks for the event.
As per the usual, Apple is guilty of attempting to prevent user access to the internals of the machines by going with a pentalobe-type of screw, rather than a more common type of screw, such as Phillips. In addition, the battery cells have been glued to the case once more, making it difficult to remove them from the system. Apple also thwarts self-repair by making the entire display a single unit, and soldering all memory modules directly to the logic board.
iFixit notes that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display has been cut down to one fan, rather than two, which has been made possible because of Intelís new Haswell processors. The machine's internal cables have been re-routed along all-new paths from the previous generation.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display uses the same irritating pentalobe screws. The 15-inch model houses two cooling fans, and the battery is a pain to get out of the case due to the glue holding it in. Just like in the 13-inch model, memory is soldered right into the logic board, thwarting user upgrades. There is little difference in the designs between the two machines apart from the differences in hardware specs.
Due to all the struggles, and lack of upgradeability, iFixit is giving both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display (late 2013) a 1 out of 10 repairability score.
Apple must really enjoy challenging themselves with repairs.
Sources: iFixit 1