Apple announced three new MacBook pros last week, two models came with the new Touch Bar and one did not.
The guys from iFixit have taken apart the 13 inch MacBook Pro to see how easy the device was to repair.
The MBP sports a removable SSD powered by a custom Apple controller (we first saw this silicon in the 2015 MacBook, but this is its first appearance on a removable SSD). The SSD also has a new form factor and a new pin configuration.
On the mechanical side: New rubber bumpers on the speaker screws guard your laptop against vibration for chatter-free listening at top-volume. Maybe the new MBP finally has speakers to warrant this iMac-worthy tech. And if you spotted the headphone jack during the announcement, we were surprised too. But it probably won’t stick around much longer. The jack is a modular unit (with two microphones) taped to the top of the fan. That should make it pretty easy to replace with a Lightning or USB-C connector in the next model. As a final feature—if you’ve always thought closing your laptop could be smoother, Apple’s got you covered there with nifty, new spring-loaded tensioners.
As with the majority of Apple devices they are pretty difficult to repair and this new MacBook Pro is no exception.
The 13 inch MacBook Pro only score 2 out of 10 on the iFixit repair index, this means that the device is very difficult to repair, 1 is the most difficult and 10 is the easiest.
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