Apple updated the MacBook Pro
line only a few hours ago and the repair wizards at iFixit
have already done a complete teardown of the 15-inch model. The construction and many of the components are similar to the previous version, but Apple has made a few important upgrades that makes this a more capable machine. This is the first MacBook Pro to incorporate a quad-core processor as standard equipment and it also includes Intel’s latest Thunderbolt connection technology.
On the iFixit scale of reparability, the latest MacBook Pro models receives a 7 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest type of repairs to perform. The bottom panel is easily removable and the unibody construction of the newest MacBook Pro model, allows you access to most of the key components without too much trouble. If you ever need to get inside one of these computers, iFixit it warns, “Absurd amounts of pre-applied thermal paste may cause problems down the road.”
Although Apple would rather that you didn’t open up their computers, they still consider the RAM and hard drive to be user-replaceable. “However, like the machine this replaces, the battery is not user-replaceable (at least according to Apple).”
iFixit did have a concern regarding quality control with this Mac model, stating, “A stripped screw near the subwoofer enclosure and an unlocked ZIF socket for the IR sensor should not be things found inside a completely unmolested computer with an $1800 base price.” Hopefully this won’t cause problems for end-users down the road.
While many expected more radical innovations with the latest MacBook Pro models, these are still quite remarkable pieces of hardware. Apple recently made comments about how the MacBook Air was the future of computer design. Most of us assumed that the MacBook Pro line would follow the MacBook Air’s design example with this update. That did not happen today.
When you look at the evolution of Apple products, you can see how they only occasionally make radical changes to product lines. More often than not, updates to products are done incrementally. Apple does make revolutionary products, but not every product update can me magical.
When Apple makes its big announcement next week regarding the next iPad model, I fully expect it to follow Apple’s usual pattern. The first iPad was revolutionary, the second iPad will simply be a refinement of the first. We’ll know for sure next week. I doubt it will have a holographic projector, but I’m sure it will be impressive nonetheless.