Yesterday was the turn of the new 13-inch MacBook Air. Today, MacBook Pro with Retina display. That's right, the people at iFixit got their hands on one of these and, as always, dismantled the machine, discovering interesting details.
For starters, in their opinion, this MacBook Pro is the most difficult to repair among all those already analyzed by the company.
Like MacBooks Air, MacBooks Pro with Retina display use special screws in the style pentalobe, making disassembly difficult.
RAM (Random Access Memory, or Random Access Memory) soldered on the logic board, so it is impossible to customize such a machine on your own. The same can be said of the flash storage (from Samsung), since it is very similar (still, not identical) to the MacBook Air. For now, iFixit has no way to offer an upgrade, but intends to fix it in the future. far.
The lithium-polymer battery is glued instead of screwed, which increases the chances of breaking in a disassembly. It also covers the trackpad cable users without experience who open the machine and try to remove the battery may accidentally cut the cable.
The parts of the display are fused, and there is no protective glass. If there is a problem inside the screen, there is no way. The only solution is to replace the entire set, which is definitely not cheap.
The main chips found in the machine were:
- NVIDIA: GeForce GT 650M GPU.
- Intel: 2.6GHz Core i7 (3720QM) processor; Thunderbolt controller (DSL3510L); and another (E208B284) that appears to be a hub controlling the platform.
- Hynix: DDR3L SDRAM (H5TC2GB3CFR).
- Broadcom: Wi-Fi (BCM4331) and Bluetooth 4.0 (BCM20702).
Obviously, from the point of view of iFixit, this machine is not so well regarded exactly because it has a very low repairability score of 1 out of 10, according to them. However, there are also reasons to celebrate, such as the new asymmetric blade fan providing quieter operation, new microphones, etc.
The truth is, for the consumer, only one: this is the best notebook you can buy, but pray it won't break.