13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Gets iFixit Teardown, 2 Out Of 10 Rating For Repairability.


It’s no secret that Apple doesn’t really care about repairability of their hardware. They’ve never been one to think of making cheap replacement parts a thing for consumers. It comes with the territory. And as we’ve seen as of late with the MacBook Air line and new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Apple is making things even harder for DIY users.

The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro the company just announced is no different. iFixit has posted their teardown of Apple’s latest 13-incher and found that, like the 15-inch, things are pretty bleak if DIY repairs are something you cherish. The RAM is soldered onto the motherboard. Also, the display assembly is “near impossible” to take a part without breaking. One nice change - the battery cells are merely screwed down in a frame instead of glued down this time.

Again, none of this should be new or surprising. Still, as Apple laptops continue to gain popularity and proliferate, the discontent with their poor repairability isn’t going to wane.

On the flip side, the particular demographic that buys the 13-inch model is highly unlikely to care that they can’t open up their laptop and easily swap the RAM.

Source: iFixit | Via: Engadget