iFixit Tearing Down 16-Inch MacBook Pro Live

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro models are in stores as of today, and iFixit, a site known for its product teardowns, has purchased one and is going to take it apart.

The teardown is happening live on YouTube, which means MacRumors readers interested in getting a peek at what's inside the new machine can follow along as it's deconstructed.


iFixit plans to provide a first look at the inside of the new Magic Keyboard and will also give a brief overview of additional internal components, with more information to come later in a full teardown.

Update: iFixit's brief look at the new ‌MacBook Pro‌ confirms that the internal design of scissor switch is nearly identical to that found in the Magic Keyboard and earlier, pre-butterfly ‌MacBook Pro‌ models. Individual key caps are replaceable, with iFixit even demonstrating that a Magic Keyboard key cap can be snapped on the ‌MacBook Pro‌'s keyboard, although it's a little thicker.

A look inside the new ‌MacBook Pro‌ reveals a similar layout to previous models, with the SSD and RAM soldered onto the logic board, making them nonreplaceable. iFixit's full teardown will be available on Monday, offering a more substantial look at the internals of the new ‌MacBook Pro‌.

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4 weeks ago
There are no excuses for soldering ram and ssd.

maybe I should be more clear. There are no good excuses for soldering everything. Reliability is the biggest bs excuse I have ever heard.
Rating: 44 Votes
4 weeks ago


If you listen closely, and you know what to look for, you can see how much bias is present in that video.

One example, the man describes the butterfly keyboard as:

"it's garbage"

This is an opinion, his opinion. I have a MacBook Air 2019, my first ever MacBook Air, and I quite like the keyboard. So, it is clear that a derogatory opinion should not have been allowed in the video because it isn't actually fact and that bias has the potential to inaccurately shape the overall video. Of course, that's my opinion.. but I'm not making a video meant to be viewed by the masses.

Being that bias is present in this section of the video, what guarantee do I have that the same bias isn't present in the rest of the video? (don't answer that.. it's rhetorical)

If you don't like something then don't buy it. But, don't go around saying "it's crap".. someone else may find it valuable. One man's trash is another man's treasure.

its not opinion when apple has repair programs out of the gate regarding the keyboards........
Rating: 29 Votes
4 weeks ago


What is the point.. the repairability score will be less than 2.. As always!


Maybe it'd be higher if Apple had respect for consumers and the right to repair bill?
Rating: 26 Votes
4 weeks ago


Actually, there are excuses for it. And some good technical and security related reasons as well.

At any rate I won't be rewarding them with my clicks, their continual snark and self-serving indignation got old a long time ago.

I’m dying at describing people who are fighting for the right to repair products that one owns as self-serving.
Rating: 21 Votes
4 weeks ago


Sure there are. Reliability, performance, security, among others.


Yes, soldered ssd's prevents that thief that wants to remove the bottom cover of your laptop and steal the ssd specifically ... If you want true security, there are far better measures that can be taken. SSD chips won't be more reliable if they are soldered. And recent NVMe SSD's that can be slotted in and taken out are just as fast as Apple's soldered-in SSD's.

And there's truly no performance boost or security advantage to having soldered ram versus slotted ram. I'm sorry, but your arguments are completely flawed.
Rating: 21 Votes
4 weeks ago
Actually, there are excuses for it. And some good technical and security related reasons as well.

At any rate I won't be rewarding them with my clicks, their continual snark and self-serving indignation got old a long time ago.
Rating: 20 Votes
4 weeks ago
Less soldering, more sockets. Please!
Rating: 19 Votes
4 weeks ago


Yes, soldered ssd's prevents that thief that wants to remove the bottom cover of your laptop and steal the ssd specifically ... If you want true security, there are far better measures that can be taken. SSD chips won't be more reliable if they are soldered. And recent NVMe SSD's that can be slotted in and taken out are just as fast as Apple's soldered-in SSD's.

And there's truly no performance boost or security advantage to having soldered ram versus slotted ram. I'm sorry, but your arguments are completely flawed.


Actually they will be more reliable if they are soldered. Socketed parts fall out of their sockets. Socketed parts have more points of failure.

Sockets also increase inductance and impedance, thus increasing power consumption at a given frequency, or reducing frequency at a given power consumption.

Sorry, but my electrical engineering ph.d and years of experience designing CPUs tell me that your claim that my arguments are completely flawed is flawed.
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Is this sarcasm because I can’t tell?

how soldered ram and sad increase reliability?


Because socketed parts fall out. Historically a large percentage of support calls for mobile devices involved parts that have come loose.
Rating: 17 Votes
4 weeks ago
If you listen closely, and you know what to look for, you can see how much bias is present in that video.

One example, the man describes the butterfly keyboard as:

"it's garbage"

This is an opinion, his opinion. I have a MacBook Air 2019, my first ever MacBook Air, and I quite like the keyboard. So, it is clear that a derogatory opinion should not have been allowed in the video because it isn't actually fact and that bias has the potential to inaccurately shape the overall video. Of course, that's my opinion.. but I'm not making a video meant to be viewed by the masses.

Being that bias is present in this section of the video, what guarantee do I have that the same bias isn't present in the rest of the video? (don't answer that.. it's rhetorical)

If you don't like something then don't buy it. But, don't go around saying "it's crap".. someone else may find it valuable. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Rating: 16 Votes
4 weeks ago
What is the point.. the repairability score will be less than 2.. As always!
Rating: 14 Votes

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