After showing all the details of the new keyboard of the 16-inch MacBook Pro, a iFixit (repair company) has finished its traditional computer disassembly. And while it has new components, its interior looks very similar to the 15-inch model.
The process of opening the MacBook Pro remains the same: you remove six screws from the back cover and have access to the internal components.
After disconnecting some cables and removing some screws, you can remove the logic board from the computer (which includes components such as processor, GPU, RAM, flash memory, security chip T2, etc.). The problem is that all of this, as we already know, is properly soldered to the plate, precluding any glimpse of upgrades.
With repairability in mind, the good news is that new (redesigned fans allow for greater airflow and better internal temperature control) and Thunderbolt 3 ports can be easily removed and replaced.
The new speakers (six in total), the 99.8Wh battery (11.36V and 8.790mAh), the keyboard and the Touch Bar, unfortunately, are all glued to the housing, which makes things very difficult when you think under repair. On the other hand, the trackpad is "easily" removable.
It is also noteworthy that the Touch ID (which also works as an on / off button), because of its direct connection with the security chip T2, is also linked to the logic board which makes its exchange difficult.
The final note of the 16 ? MacBook Pro for repairability? A shameful 1 out of 10 at this point, unfortunately, the machine brought no breakthroughs.
Update by Rafael Fischmann 11/19/2019 6:14 PM
With the help of MacRumors, iFixit today updated the teardown with a new discovery: a sensor that identifies the opening angle of the 16 ? MacBook Pro cover.
It remains to know for what this new component, exactly. This may only be for internal data collection at Apple (due to the Flexgate, who knows?), or maybe it will be for a future feature exclusive in macOS not yet announced.