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13-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Teardown Reveals Minor Improvements in Accessibility

iFixit has already performed one of its traditional high-quality teardowns on the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, noting that while those looking to repair their machines face many of the same challenges seen with the 15-inch model, there are a few changes that improve accessibility somewhat.

One of the most interesting changes relative to the larger model is a battery layout that leaves the area underneath the trackpad free of battery cells. In place of battery cells in that location, Apple has elected to mount the 13-inch model's flash storage, a move that allows access to the trackpad for replacement if necessary.


Another one of iFixit's major criticisms of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro design was the glued-in battery cells that were found to be extremely difficult and time-consuming to remove without puncturing the cells. In the new 13-inch model, two of the six battery cells are housed in a metal tray that includes no adhesive, while the remaining four cells still required roughly 15 minutes of work to pry loose from the case.


The teardown of the 13-inch model otherwise yields few surprises compared to the larger 15-inch model, and the similar challenges of soldered RAM, proprietary screws, integrated display, and glued-in battery have led iFixit to award the 13-inch model a repairability score of 2 out of 10, one point higher than the 15-inch model.

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24 months ago

… have led iFixit to award the 13-inch model a repairability score of 2 out of 10, one point higher than the 15-inch model.


Now 100% more repairable!!*

*Than the 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro
Rating: 46 Votes
24 months ago
Get rMBP - check
Tear it down - check
Put it back together - pending
Rating: 26 Votes
24 months ago
Applecare is the answer to all your problems. Might not like it but better option to save your expensive rMBP.
Rating: 11 Votes
24 months ago
cant wait to see a new imac tear down.. :D
Rating: 11 Votes
24 months ago
I still find amazing that you can not customize a 16GB RAM option on this thing ...

Even on the 15" rMBP i don't find any store selling a 16GB option (besides apple online store, of course).
Rating: 10 Votes
24 months ago

I still find amazing that you can not customize a 16GB RAM option on this thing ...

Even on the 15" rMBP i don't find any store selling a 16GB option (besides apple online store, of course).


That's because Apple has soldered the RAM on to make it impossible to upgrade yourself, they wan't you to throw away your Macbook and buy a new one when you need better performance.
Rating: 9 Votes
24 months ago

You realise how stupid that is what you are saying?

RAM updates are now done exactly the same way as processor upgrades were always done: Via eBay.


Did you even read what i wrote? It is impossible to upgrade the RAM yourself, or even for a third party company that works with Macs, since the RAM is soldered on directly to the mainboard. If you want more RAM you have to buy a new rMBP. The processor is of course not upgradeable either.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 months ago

And RAM and processor can be upgraded very easily in exactly the same way by using eBay, as I said. If you can't figure out yourself how it is done, I can surely explain it to you.


And how is that? By selling the Macbook and buying a new one? If so that's just circumventing the problem, it will be more expensive and you run the posibility of getting a computer in worse shape cosmetically then your own one.
Rating: 6 Votes
24 months ago

Does iFixit ever take apart computers other than Macs? It seems like their obsessed with Apple.


iFixit. i... Fixit. "I".

When you are able to comprehend it, let me know.
Rating: 6 Votes
24 months ago
I remember, as a young lad in the 80's, learning how to work on cars. What a magical time it was! Opening up the hood, tinkering, taking things out, putting things back....hours of endless entertainment. Looking at my 2-year old Bimmer now, there's no way in hell I'd attempt any of that. Cars have now become an appliance. Something goes wrong, you take it to the dealership. Too many electronics, on-board computers, etc.

With cars, people want something simple that gets them from A to B. No clutches and manual transmissions, special maintenance or procedures, just "plug n' play".

Computers are becoming the same thing. Those of us who still want to "tear it down" and build it back up or work on it ourselves are an ever-shrinking "enthusiast" minority.

Apple rightfully so ignores our needs, just like Honda, Toyota and pretty much every other bland car manufacturer that makes toasters on wheels.

Computers will continue getting thinner, harder to work on, and more specialized. You know - appliances.
Rating: 6 Votes

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