iFixit Shares 2019 Mac Pro Teardown: 'A Masterclass in Repairability'

iFixit has shared its full teardown of the new Mac Pro, calling it "beautiful, amazingly well put together, and a masterclass in repairability."

Given its modular design, the new Mac Pro unsurprisingly earned a nearly perfect repairability score of 9/10, with iFixit noting that basic repairs and upgrades can be performed with standard tools or even no tools at all. Major components also use industry-standard sockets and interfaces.


From a repair standpoint, the only downside is that while the SSDs are modular, they are not user replaceable since they are tied to the Apple T2 security chip. If you need to remove and replace the SSD modules, a support document says to contact Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider instead.

iFixit also has a service manual for the new Mac Pro.

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16 weeks ago
Anyone else hoping for a Mac Pro Mini? Something this modular but with a price tag we can swallow.
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16 weeks ago
"a masterclass in repairability."

Now there's something I thought I wouldn't hear about stuff from Apple again.
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16 weeks ago
IfiXiT hATeS apPle!!1!

tHey OnlY eVEr rAtE tHeM 1 oUt oF TeN!!
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16 weeks ago
I get the whole SSD/T2 security thing, but it would be wonderful if Apple employed this level of repairability on all of its product lines.
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16 weeks ago
A stunning about face for apple. Good job!
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16 weeks ago
The docking of one point has nothing to do with the security functionality of the T2 chip. They’re merely saying that to replace the SSDs, you can’t fully do it yourself. If you can’t do it yourself, it’s not considered “repairable.” If you ask me, 9/10 is generous. Apple could have included a physical security mechanism to unlock or otherwise reset the T2 chip, such as a Yubikey or similar, that could be kept in a separate but safe place, like a safe deposit box. But they didn’t, so now you can’t do it yourself. 9/10 is warranted.
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