On Tuesday, Apple launched the updated 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Display and already the folks at iFixIt have got their deconstructive hands on them. In addition to giving us a glimpse at the innards, the team observed that the new MacBook Pros are very difficult to repair and gave it 1 out of 10 for its ease of repairability.
The team tore down the 15-inch MacBook Pro to its last screw and found a lot of new parts as compared to the previous generation MacBook Pro. Chief among them is the new Intel Haswell Core i7 processor. It is clocked at 2.0GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) and features Intel Iris Pro Graphics, Elpida J4208EFBG 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (16 chips for 8 GB total) and Intel DSL5520 Thunderbolt 2 Controller. There’s also the new PCIe-based SSD manufactured by Samsung and a very sleek heat pad for the GPU.
As mentioned above, the new architecture has made it very difficult (and expensive) to repair the new MacBook Pro. The team mentions that even something as simple as replacing the headphone jack will require the whole logic board to be replaced.