Are you interested in discovering what’s inside Apple’s new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro with Retina Display? Recently, iFixit got their hands on one and completely ripped it apart. Well not exactly, but they did give it their famous teardown treatment.
A few things iFixit noted about the new MacBook Pro:
- The most striking layout change resulting from the shrink from a 15’ to 13’ form factor is the rearranged battery cells. This allowed Apple’s designers to cleverly tuck the SSD away underneath the trackpad assembly. It also makes the trackpad super easy to replace if it breaks compared to the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
- There’s an empty space next to the SSD drive, which iFixIt says is a “big air gap” and very un-Apple-like. They posit that a super-slim 2.5 HDD might fit in this space, which might mean that Apple once intended the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro to be cheaper, eschewing flash memory for a traditional hard drive.
- Intriguingly, the trackpad had flash memory.
So it seems that this MacBook is more repairable than it’s older Retina brother. That’s all good news, but I still don’t think it’s a worthy purchase. For a little more money, you could pick up a 15-inch model with a lot more power and a better GPU. Just my two cents. Be sure and check out the entire teardown using this link.