What you need to know
- iFixit has published its teardown of the new MacBook Pro.
- It reveals big internal upgrades to repairability.
iFixit has published its customary teardown of the new MacBook Pro (2021), revealing some big changes internally that make the device easier to repair.
Breaking open the new MacBook Pro reveals some changes to replacing the battery and display that will make the new device much easier to repair:
iFixit notes that the flex cables that attach the display to the rest of the MacBook have been redesigned "with roughly 100% more slack", hopefully making those flexgate issues are over. The display is also easier to replace with fewer screws, springs, and cables, and no separate display boards. However, iFixit did not that using a DIY display replacement would stop True Tone from working.
Of course, Apple's system on a chip design of the M1 Pro and M1 Max means that upgrades and replacements are going to be difficult (or impossible) when it comes to things like RAM and storage but notes that Apple's performance and battery life advances are so good in its new best MacBook that "it's possible you couldn't get anything quite like this from a socketed design."
The MacBook Pro still only scores a 4/10 from iFixit for repairability, mostly because it has soldered-in, non-removable storage, but iFixit says the new design is a "major move in the right direction."
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I can agree with the soldered RAM for performance reasons. However, there's still no *technical* reason whatsoever for soldered storage. It's literally just an NVMe drive, interfaced through an I/O chip & port, like every other NVMe drive. There are no performance gains to be had by soldering it; that decision was purely profit and design-driven.
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