MacBook Pro, deems it very hard to repair, iFixit tears down the new entry-level 13″

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Last week Apple finally refreshed its MacBook Pro line of laptops, after many years. And while the company mostly talked about the Touch Bar at the event, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t have that, or Touch ID fingerprint recognition. This cheapest (if you can even use that word for a device that starts at $1,499) model has been torn down by iFixit today, revealing its insides.

The laptop in question has the model number A1708, and an extra-long Escape key for whatever reason. To get to the internals, you first need to unscrew six pentalobe screws, which is a smaller number compared to past MacBook Pros.

The trackpad is easily removed, and it comes with a Broadcom controller and an electromagnet for Force Touch features. The battery is a 54.5 Wh unit, around 27% smaller than the one in last year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro. That said, the battery in this model is bigger than the 49.2 Wh one in the new 13″ MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar.

iFixit tears down the new entry-level 13 MacBook Pro, deems it very hard to repair

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The SSD can be replaced, and this 256GB unit has SanDisk NAND flash memory and an Apple-made controller. The form factor and pin configuration are new. The laptop’s LPDDR3 RAM is supplied by SK Hynix. The 3.5mm headset jack is a single modular unit which can easily be replaced in future models with a Lightning or USB Type-C connector.

In the end, the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with function keys got a 2 out of 10 repairability score (10 being easiest to repair). The only positive aspect is the fact that the trackpad can be removed without first having to take the battery out. There are plenty of downsides to the laptop’s design when talking about repairability, however.

The screws are still proprietary (pentalobe), the battery assembly is entirely glued to the case, and very solidly so, while the RAM is soldered to the logic board. This means there’s no way to upgrade memory. Finally, the proprietary SSD isn’t a standard drive, even if it is replaceable.

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15 thoughts on “MacBook Pro, deems it very hard to repair, iFixit tears down the new entry-level 13″

  1. People are always complaining about non removable batteries on phones when most laptops now have sealed in batteries..

  2. viveksubhash, 9 hours agoPeople are always complaining about non removable batteries on phones when most laptops now ha… moreIt helps them with beING able to house twice the battery life. In phones you only gain about 10% more battery, hardly worth it. In laptops it is worth it, because even if your battery starts dying it would still be better than if you had a small removable one.

    Also a laptop battery experiences less cycles than a phone battery, so it naturally survives more (4-5 years whilst keeping more than 60% the whole time). Phone batteries start showing significant issues from the 2 year mark on…

  3. It should be replace by new once got a problem under the warranty. If out of warranty it belongs as disposable item. This is not for me, i need a repairable one which even out of warranty is affordable on bill for repair.

  4. Ah yes, another piece of Apple designed obsolescence. Destined for the landfill when one of those unique, UNREPAIRABLE parts decides to quit.

    Funny how so many Apple fans are supposedly “environmentally conscious”, yet buy throw-away garbage from what has to be one of the most environmentally unfriendly companies out there.

  5. Ok so Apple doesn t want you to repair any of its inmaculate products . I ve using macs since 90s and i love their products But nowadays they close the hole enviroment so Apple is selling you a product that once fail you ll better trash it unless is under warranty . So bad …
    Or pay significants amounts of money for the repair . Shame on you apple …..the same shame that you get after no improvements in MAC PRO desktop line at least in the specs for more than 3 years .

  6. viveksubhash, 9 hours agoPeople are always complaining about non removable batteries on phones when most laptops now ha… morePeople complain. Just face the fact.

  7. viveksubhash, 9 hours agoPeople are always complaining about non removable batteries on phones when most laptops now ha… moreYou’re post begs the “So, what?” question.

  8. Ghostwolf, 7 hours agoAh yes, another piece of Apple designed obsolescence. Destined for the landfill when one of t… moreDo you own a phone? Because phones are designed in same way, but they’re even less repairable, the way ifixit calls it.

    Most of the low repair score is becuase the battery is glued and the ram and ssd is not upgradable. This is exactly how phones are built.

    And, most importantly, phones and Apple laptops are very repairable. There are lots of stores that will repair them for you. It just needs to be done by a professional. What they’re not is upgradeable.

  9. Of course i own a phone , many of them s3 s4 s5 s6 s7 edge iphone 5s lg g4 , lg nexus 5x lg g5 but at least i can replace the battery and almost everything it s going that way but…. here i can show a diagram of what Apple certified Technician has to to with broken mac :
    Problem : machine doesn start
    Solution : 1 hold xxxx keys
    2 Check battery
    3 Replace motheboard
    4 Replace ssd
    5 Replace display
    That s what a professional would do if he has in stock the part to change and verify for me that s not a profesional repair , and of course billing you almost the same price of a new one . Thanks god for the apple upgrade for 3 years warraty Greets to all

  10. viveksubhash, 9 hours agoPeople are always complaining about non removable batteries on phones when most laptops now ha… moreLaptop and CP is different.

  11. nutjob2, 7 hours agoDo you own a phone? Because phones are designed in same way, but they’re even less repairable,… moreActually people expect a phone to be non-repairable, save for replacing the battery. Phones normally have all components on one board, surface mounted, and the slightest damage ruins the whole device most times.

    People DO NOT expect a laptop, which can cost significantly more, to be a throw away device. Yes, “ultra books” are going that route to try and save weight, but those are for people with more money than brains. I work with more than a few of those.

    My four year old Dell M6700 workstation does just fine, has a battery that is still at +90% capacity, and I can replace every part in it if need be. I have upgraded the RAM, drives, and have even considered upgrading the display, but I like the matt finish more than the glossy True Color display that was available for it when new.

    So, I have a laptop that will probably do me quite well for another four years. So, $3,1000 dollars total spent initially (including the upgraded RAM and hard drive), divided over 8 years equals $400/year.

    Try getting that return on an Apple laptop that will be locked into it’s original, frozen in time, hardware configuration and see if you are still happy with it after even 4 years.

  12. Anonymous, 8 hours agoIt helps them with beING able to house twice the battery life. In phones you only gain about 1… moreso that was not a very productive post..got 4 replies that did not build anything on my comment..yours iss by far the best..so, replying to this…
    the usage of laptops is different by different people..there are a lot of them who don’t use it like us, i.e as wall huggers..so they will be going through at least a single cycle in a day, and a laptop battery is usually rated for about 600 cycles..that projects to about 2 years..not much different than the phones..and cellphone batteries are good..i still have a nokia n8 that can go through a full battery cycle without any problem, its 5yrs old…the problem with sealed in batteries are more for a mobile person who has to stay away from the wall for more than say 10hrs..then a user removable battery comes into play, you get cheap batterypacks to juice up phones, but finding ones that can power your laptop is a chore…
    well i suppose everyone has their point of view…

  13. Its good as garbage once any of the parts fail. And you pay a fortune for even the most basic one.

  14. nutjob2, 7 hours agoDo you own a phone? Because phones are designed in same way, but they’re even less repairable,… moreYeah Bro you are right!!…. But there is a perfect solution for all these problems.. Just don’t buy it…

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