iFixit disassembles the 13 ″ MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and… well, don't expect to be able to change anything on this machine

When we report today earlier than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch BarUnlike its brother with function keys, it comes standard with non-removable SSDs, we can hardly know that this is just one of the differences. for worse from the most expensive to the most affordable version. Now the unfailing iFixit We put our hands on the new machine to take it apart and we already have a better idea of ​​what to expect.

In the Touch Bar model, much of the internal engineering has been changed to accommodate the OLED bar, which creates some inconvenience for users besides the fixed SSD, the smaller battery also a point to consider. Strange to note that, overall, the internal organization of the function key model appears to be much more cohesive, with no free space or complicated cable routing, which may even make us think that originally Apple was not planning to launch a MacBook Pro. 13 ″ with the Touch Bar, leaving the appeal unique to the larger model, and eventually changed his mind at a later point in the course, after the chassis was finished.

Another curious point to note is that the speakers here are not directly below the micro-perforations next to the keyboard; instead, they are positioned at the lower ends of the machine near the trackpad. The holes themselves, iFixit notes, are mostly merely aesthetic, with some sections responsible for transmitting the sound of a small tweeter Secondary most of the sound, however, comes out of the vents at the bottom.

Unmount iFixit from New MacBook Pro 13

Overall, the only point praised by the firm is the trackpad, which is easily replaceable with just a few bolts removed. All other components are impossible or, over time, damn boring to move / change.

The Touch Bar, in addition to having a lower cabling that makes it difficult to remove, was broken by the guys while trying to remove it from the housing and look that we are talking about professionals. And, as the Touch ID sensor also the on / off button, if this switch is broken, it is very likely that you will need to change the entire Touch Bar component (screen, W1 chip, Touch ID and button) to do so. back to normal.

In addition, in addition to the non-removable SSD we already talked about, processor and RAM are also attached to the logic board. The tightly clamped five-cell battery cases with generous amounts of glue and the use of proprietary screws pentalobe, as iFixit states, makes the whole task of working on the device “unnecessarily difficult”.

IFixit gave the 13 ″ Touch Bar MacBook Pro a poor repair rate of 1 in 10, the lowest ever achieved by a Mac (next to the Retina display MacBook last year). Thus, we are proving that, increasingly, the exercise of having an exclusive Mac for very rich people or lay people, who may change machines frequently or do not realize / care about a sharp drop in performance over time.

By my side, I will embrace my beloved fetal 2012 MacBook Pro 13 ″ and provide a new battery for it with proper SSD and RAM upgrades, which will make it run very, very well for a few good years. Good times we will no longer recover.