IFixit disassembly of the new MacBooks Pro 2018

iFixit takes apart the new MacBooks Pro and finds out… not much

It has become a tradition: Apple launches a new product and, as soon as possible, iFixit go there and put your thirsty hands on the novelty, separating it into pieces and analyzing everything that is new inside. Of course, it couldn’t be different with the new MacBooks Pro.

The firm started work on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, highlighting what it found different about the new model – and, spoiler, there’s not that much.

One of the main news has already been commented left and right, including here in MacMagazine: the silicone protection on each key on the new third generation butterfly keyboard, which (supposedly) will solve the reliability problems of previous models.

One of the positive changes is in the battery, which now has six cells (against five, previously) and 58Wh capacity (against the previous 49.2Wh). Despite the increase, Apple says the longevity of the new Pro 13 ″ is similar to that of its predecessor, probably because of the more powerful processor.

IFixit disassembly of the new MacBooks Pro 2018

The brave disassemblers also saw, in the process, the new T2 chip (responsible for the device’s security center and for the “Hey there, Siri” command). Going to the accessories, it was also noticed new power adapter, model A1947, which provides greater protection against impacts – but, at the same time, exchanges the metal USB-C port for a plastic one.

IFixit disassembly of the new MacBooks Pro 2018New power adapter on the right

In addition, the new 13 ″ MacBook Pro is basically the same. In terms of repairability, the only positive point noted by the firm remains the trackpad, which is removable and replaceable without touching any other component of the machine; all other main elements (processor, memory, RAM, keyboard, battery and speakers) are soldered on the logic board or the top case and make replacement almost impossible. As a result, the new machine has a repairability index of 1/10.

For those who want to check out the teardown complete, here it is.

What about the 15 ″ MacBook Pro?

Regarding the new 15-inch MacBook Pro, iFixit has not yet published the complete disassembly with photos, but has already released its video showing the process – and there are basically no differences here compared to its smaller brother. The positive and negative points were the same, as was the repairability index.

Unfortunately, it seems that the “irreparable” trend is here to stay, even. What do you think?