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MacBook Pro teardown offers look at the Touch Bar and a speaker surprise

Once again, iFixit has opened up the latest Apple device to get an in-depth look at what makes it tick, and this time, it's the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. What they found was fairly interesting. For instance, the speakers on the 13-inch MacBook Pro aren't where you might think they are.

From iFixit:

The speakers are not located under the speaker grilles. The speaker grille doesn't even go clear through the case. These speakers likely blast their impressive sound through the side air vents.

Other highlights of the teardown include a comparison of the vastly differing layouts of the Touch Bar Mac and the Function key model, as well as a look at the Touch Bar itself. That component, it should be noted, is unsurprisingly fragile, but unless you spend a good deal of time taking your Macs apart, or dropping things on them, that really shouldn't be a problem.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • Why no mention that it scores a miserly 1 out of 10 for repairability? Posted via the iMore App
  • I would assume, its probably not really relevant anymore.. How can get u get lower than 1 ? maybe a 0 of of 10, but if we know 1 is not very repairable, why should a repair score of 0 be any better, other than "just to know"
  • You could see that the speakers weren't under the 'speaker grilles' at the event in the video. I guess the 'speaker vents' are for cooling.
  • Most of them are fake holes that don't even go all the way through the casing. Most of the holes are purely cosmetic.
  • Important. Step 13 towards bottom. "Teardown Update: Alright, most of these holes are cosmetic, but after yanking out the tweeters in the following step, it's clear that some of these are through-holes that carry sound out of the Mac's enclosure."