iFixIt tears down both new MacBooks

iFixIt tears down both new MacBooks

Summary: iFixIt.com has completed disassemblies of the MacBook Pro and MacBook.

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iFixIt tears down both new MacBooks

iFixIt.com has completed disassemblies of the MacBook Pro and MacBook. They found:

  • Apple's new hardware design is significantly more elegant due to their use of the new 'Brick' manufacturing process.
  • The design of both machines is significantly inspired by the MacBook Air. As a result, the MacBook and MacBook Pro designs have significantly converged and are much more similar than they used to be.

MacBook Pro:

  • Upgrading the RAM and hard drive is very easy, but you do need a Torx screwdriver to replace the hard drive.
  • Contrary to some fears, the keyboard in the MacBook Pro is user-serviceable. It's a fair amount of work to remove (you have to remove 56 screws).
  • The AirPort and Bluetooth boards are in the display assembly. The AirPort card is user-serviceable, while the Bluetooth board is not.
  • They identified the dual Nvidia chips

MacBook:

  • The new MacBook is really a 13" MacBook Pro. It uses the same design, and same manufacturing quality. Bridging the gap between consumer and professional model.
  • The SuperDrive is the same in the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
  • They showed the parts to some industrial engineers familiar with manufacturing processes. Overall, they were extremely impressed by the build quality of the machine and the cutting edge mass-produced unibody.

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • And what about all the aluminum scraps...

    ...from the machining of the case? Are they recycled?
    Mark-Twain
    • Yes. Recycled, then reused in the manufacturing. [nt]

      [nt]
      olePigeon
  • RE: iFixIt tears down both new MacBooks

    What happened to the MacBook Pro 17" model? I could not locate it on the Apple website.
    metilley@...