It is true that we do not need anyone to say that the new Mac Pro it is a highly repairable and customizable by the user – the product’s own official images already show this, and Apple makes a point of highlighting how easy it is to access the guts of its new supercomputer. Even so, as could be expected, the iFixit got his hands on the new Apple creation – and it was just praise.
The first interesting discovery from the staff: by removing the aluminum housing from the computer, all power to the machine is immediately cut off by separating contacts on the on / off button. The exchange of RAM it also couldn’t be easier, requiring only that you flip a switch and slide the module out.
Remember that the feet of the Mac Pro can be replaced, still in the customization phase of the machine, with wheels that cost US $ 400? We didn’t know if this replacement could be done later, by the user himself, but iFixit shows that Yes – if you have the right tools. The feet are fixed to the main frame with a single screw, but the screws are positioned in an extremely inconvenient way inside the slits of the frame. That is, it may be easier to take your Mac Pro to authorized service for this process – but yes, it is possible.
Removing one of the huge fans from the machine, we reached the SSD of the machine. It is modular, but because it is connected to the security chip T2, it is not replaceable by the user – only leading to assistance to perform the procedure, even. Fortunately, as iFixit notes, there is no shortage here of RAID modules for you to add storage the way you prefer.
Other interesting points: the front fan tower is removed from the machine without the need to disconnect cables or the like – the contacts that make it work are on the component itself. Ah! And * there is * no dust or debris filter on the entire computer – according to Apple engineers, the machine was designed in a way that they are not needed, but we will have to wait and see if this statement is of solid fact.
In the end, iFixit gave Mac Pro a 9 (out of 10 possible points) in its repairability index – a feat, in my memory, unheard of for Apple. Engineers praised the fact that most modules can be exchanged without tools, with diagrams displayed on the machine itself or published by Apple on the internet; most parts use industry standards, making replacements even easier.
Not bad, huh? ??
Update, for Eduardo Marques Dec 17, 2019 at 20:27
IFixit released a video of the teardown, check out: