iFixit Tears Down 13-Inch M2 MacBook Pro

Apple last week launched the first M2 Mac, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and repair site iFixit picked up the new machine to do a traditional device teardown.


Design wise, there's not a lot for iFixit to say about the ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro because aside from the ‌M2‌ chip, it is identical to the prior-generation MacBook Pro. It features the same chassis, Touch Bar, and display, with updates focused under-the-hood.

As expected, iFixit found almost every component to be the same, and couldn't identify any outward-facing changes. Inside, some of the chips and smaller components have been updated, but the rest of the interior is identical.

iFixit was able to pull the M1 and ‌M2‌ boards out, fitting the ‌M2‌ board in the ‌M1‌ MacBook Pro case. Though the boards could be swapped, the ‌M2‌ chip would not function in the ‌M1‌ chassis because of the component swap. The trackpad, keyboard, and Touch ID sensor fail to function when the ‌M1‌ and ‌M2‌ chips are changed out.

As the ‌‌M2‌‌ MacBook Pro components physically fit inside the ‌M1‌ MacBook Pro, iFixit claims that Apple is making a "blatant attempt to block repairs and replacements through software locks."

Previous arguments for the lack of upgradeability between generations have centered around size considerations within the chassis or cost considerations or manufacturing limitations. So how do we explain this?

iFixit confirmed the design of the SSD, which has led to slower SSD benchmark performance on the 256GB ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro compared to the 256GB ‌M1‌ MacBook Pro. Apple is indeed using a single 256GB SSD chip in the ‌M2‌ MacBook Pro, while the ‌M1‌ used two 128GB SSD chips. Two SSD chips allow the system to read and write up to twice as fast because operations can be performed at the same time. It's not clear why Apple made this change, but iFixit speculates that it is the direct result of component shortages.

All in all, iFixit says that Apple missed an opportunity to introduce its first upgradeable device in a good long time, and that the company also missed the chance to set the tone for repairability and eco-friendly design by restricting interoperability.

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Top Rated Comments

BornAgainMac Avatar
13 weeks ago
After seeing more details on this Macbook Pro, I am no longer interested in risking it with the Macbook Air M2. Going to wait until newer Macbook Pros with the 3nm tech comes out and just save my money for that instead. I don't want to purchase an Apple product that cut corners to save a few dollars. Going to milk my Macbook Pro 15 2015 until 2023 with macOS Monterey and get something Apple would be proud to ship.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BornAgainMac Avatar
13 weeks ago

I mean you could also just wait for reviews and teardowns....
That is true. I'll wait until Max Tech on Youtube does their testing before I make any final decisions. They will try to "Destroy" it with their testing and if they say the performance is "Insane" then I'll get one.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
44267547 Avatar
13 weeks ago

Seriously, nobody wants buy that old computer, forget it... at least you love the useless touchbar.
I for one, love the useless Touch Bar. Totally underrated and not used to its full potential by many. I’d say it’s one of Apples most innovative side projects they produced.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
erikkfi Avatar
13 weeks ago
The year is 2026. The M1 chip is no longer supported by the latest macOS update, but tens of thousands of users everywhere are able to swap in a processor upgrade to prevent the rest of the computer from turning into e-waste.

This is the hellish nightmare that Apple is protecting us from.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
13 weeks ago

Surprised the EU doesn’t get involved if there software blocking to stop you repairing them or upgrading parts that physically fit
I mean I can fit a lot of things in places but it doesn't mean they have to work.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JPack Avatar
13 weeks ago

It's not clear whyApple made this change, but iFixit speculates that it is the direct result of component shortages.
Nah, Apple will deliver wtihout delay a 128GB iPhone, iPad Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac using 128GB chips.

If it were shortages, Apple would have responded to requests for comments by now. There is no possible way to spin this, hence they keep quiet.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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