Sales of new MacBooks Pro and Air started last Tuesday and the iFixit did not blink to get their hands on the new Apple notebook and share the disassembly of the entry model of the new 13 ″ MacBook Pro (with two Thunderbolt 3 ports), which has been updated with Intel’s next-generation processors, the Touch Bar and Apple’s T2 security chip.
The innards of the new laptop revealed a larger battery, with a capacity of 58.2Wh – against 54.5Wh of the previous model, without Touch Bar. IFixit points out that this additional capacity powers the Touch ID chips, T2 and Touch Bar, to maintain the same autonomy as before (10 hours).
Speaking of the new components of the entry model, iFixit noted that Apple has reduced the size of the MacBook Pro heatsink to make room for the Touch ID sensor integrated into the Touch Bar. In addition, the speaker also appears to have reduced in size, but without affecting the sound potential of the machine.
While previous entry models of the 13 ″ MacBook Pro (mid-2016) had a modular SSD, the internal storage component is welded to the latest machine.
On the other hand, there are still some modular components, such as the Thunderbolt card and the headphone output – as in other notebook models. Another positive point is that the trackpad can be replaced without having to change the entire top case the notebook.
As we reported this week, the new MacBook Pro has the same butterfly keyboard (third generation) with the new material introduced in the models presented last May, which promises “greater reliability”. That, however, doesn’t mean much – after all, Apple has already added this year’s MacBooks Pro to its butterfly keyboard repair program.
Given the welding system similar to previous MacBook Pro models, the new Apple machine received a low “repairability” score by iFixit (2 points out of 10), due to the same concerns as always: use of screws created exclusively by Apple and battery, internal storage and RAM glued to the chassis.
Let us see, then, on the positive side: what the new MacBook Pro lacks of repairability, at least it has of power.
Update, for Rafael Fischmann 07/12/2019 at 19:43
IFixit published a quick video on the teardown: