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06-13-2012, 04:32 PM #1
New Retina Display MacBook Pros: Not Customizable
Did you think you were going to buy the lowest end Retina Display MacBook Pro (to save some money) and then just upgrade the hardware with your own later on? Ha! Think again. According to a recent tear-down by iFixit, Apple is getting insanely close to offering absolutely no aftermarket customizations by the end user. Just take a look at the motherboard image above.
The box bordered with a green color represents the new 2012 MacBook Proís memory located in the main logic board. The memory is custom, and no regular laptop memory stick is going to be able to be slipped in there like older MacBook Pro models such as 2011 and older. The orange box represents the MacBook Pro's processor, which is the new Ivy Bridge series from Intel. The red box represents the new NVIDA graphics chip that replaced the ATI graphics from the 2011 model of MacBook Pros.
Also, donít expect to be putting your own hard disk drives or solid state drives in your new Retina Display MacBook Pro. The Retina Display MacBook Pro uses its own flash storage that is a little bit similar to the MacBook Airís version. These are custom-fit for the new MacBook Pro as well.
In the older models of the MacBook Pro, Apple allowed the user to change out hard disk drives with other hard disk drives or even solid state drives. The user could also exchange their memory for more memory. If daring users were to go further, they could even remove their CD/DVD drive to add a secondary storage drive with a third party accessory.
With such little accessibility from the end user, Apple is really locking users out of their own hardware with the new 2012 release. However, due to the new slim design of the 2012 MacBook Pro, it is semi-understandable that general hardware would have some trouble fitting. This is especially so with the large battery packs, dual fans, and custom logic board. Unfortunately, it might be a better idea to stick with your older non-Retina Display MacBook Pro if you want your own performance for the right price. Apple charges a pretty penny for their factory upgrades online.
Sources: iFixit via MacRumors
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 06-13-2012 at 04:50 PM.
06-13-2012, 04:45 PM #2
The new MacBook Pro does NOT have a solid state drive; the system interfaces with the flash memory directly. SSD: Flash memory → HDD controller emulator → SATA/eSATA → logic board. The new MBP: Flash memory → logic board.
06-13-2012, 05:13 PM #3
why would anyone need to upgrade this? other then upgrading the battery i find no other reason too.
06-13-2012, 05:17 PM #4
Can someone explain the difference between a regular hard drive and the "flash drive" they are putting in the new MBP?
06-13-2012, 05:18 PM #5
06-13-2012, 05:25 PM #6
dickhead move by apple. they are slowly pushing their limits.
06-13-2012, 05:27 PM #7
Well this is the trade off for it's thin-ness. Get over it.
06-13-2012, 05:45 PM #8
06-13-2012, 05:51 PM #9
Ill wait til it has an oled screen, ddr4, 1 or 2TB ssd and most apps support retina... so in like 4 years then
06-13-2012, 06:06 PM #10
#1 reason to buy a Windows PC. The hardware in many PC's can be upgraded as newer and better technology comes along
06-13-2012, 07:05 PM #11
this isnt really new news, this was already said at wwdc
06-13-2012, 08:32 PM #12
06-13-2012, 08:48 PM #13
06-13-2012, 08:49 PM #14
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06-13-2012, 09:13 PM #15
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06-13-2012, 09:39 PM #16
In short. Just because you know doesn't mean a lot of people do. A lot of people didn't know WWDC was already here so fast
06-13-2012, 10:20 PM #17
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06-13-2012, 10:20 PM #18
Well that's a shame. I still really want it.
What to do... What to do...
Dang, this really sucks. I was kind of hoping to do that.
What to do? What to do?
Last edited by Goof; 06-13-2012 at 10:35 PM.
06-13-2012, 10:44 PM #19
Why would you want to upgrade a $2000 computer that has specs comparable to a computer from 2010?
06-13-2012, 11:04 PM #20