MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Mid 2012 Teardown

Teardown

Teardown

Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

IAmA on Reddit with Kyle Wiens, iFixit's CEO, talking about the MacBook Pro with Retina Display!

This is it: The Chosen One of MacBook Pros. While other MBPs were gifted only the standard annual updates, this particular model was bestowed with a Retina display, a thinner profile, two Thunderbolt ports, a full sized HDMI port, and less annoying cooling fans. Apple claims that this is the "best computer Apple has ever made."

Apple may have already spilled the beans when it comes to what the inside of this MacBook Pro looks like, but we aren't convinced. Join us today as we set out to see what is so significant about this special MacBook Pro.

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  • Everyone Mac enthusiasts don't have to wait months anymore to see what's inside the new MacBook Pro.

  • What is it that's got everyone in the tech world buzzing?

    • 15.4" LED-backlit Retina display with IPS with a resolution of 2880 x 1800 at 220 ppi

    • Intel Ivy Bridge Core-i7 processor with Turbo Boost and Intel HD Graphics 4000

    • 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM

    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1 GB of GDDR5 VRAM

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  • A quick inspection of the side of the MacBook Pro with Retina display reveals loads of upgrades:

    • MagSafe 2

    • Two (!) Thunderbolt ports

    • The first of two USB 3.0 ports

    • A standard 3.5 mm headphone jack (boo)

  • The right side of the MacBook houses an SD card reader, the second USB 3.0 port, and a full-size HDMI output.

  • Both sides feature air induction vents for the new cooling system—but more on that later.

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  • The new display assembly design left no room for the usual "MacBook Pro" logo on the slim bezel.

  • There's plenty of room for the logo on the bottom of the computer, though. If no one believes that your computer is a real MacBook Pro, just pick it up and flip it over.

  • All these upgrades earned this Pro a new model number: A1398.

    • Go ahead and let that sink in for a minute; Apple finally introduced a new MacBook Pro model number! (It's the little things that make us happy.)

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  • What does an Apple logo or Finder icon made up of 220 pixels per inch look like up close?

    • A bunch of colored, square-ish dots, that's what.

  • All joking aside, the resolution of this display really is incredible. There's no doubt that the cost to manufacture the Retina display is a big reason for the new MacBook Pro's $2200 (starting) price tag.

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  • We love a challenge, which is good news, because unlike previous generations of MacBook Pros, the MacBook Pro with Retina display is guarded by Apple's proprietary pentalobe screws.

  • We work with bated breath as our pentalobe screwdriver sloughs off a stack of proprietary screws.

  • Finally, we are in!

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  • The new battery packs quite a punch: 95 Wh at 10.95 V compared to last year's puny 77.5 Wh.

  • Two things haven't changed, though: the 7-hour battery life and the pestering reminder that Apple doesn't think you're qualified to service your own battery.

    • Spoiler alert: they might be right.

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  • It's always a good idea to disconnect the battery when gutting your gadgets.

  • While Apple seems to have an extensive warning label, it fails to mention potential shocks by failing to disconnect the battery during gadget surgery. Is it possible Apple wasn't expecting us?

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  • Great news. The battery is no longer screwed into the machine.

  • Horrible News. Apple chose to use the dreaded g-word: glue.

  • We're going to move on to more accessible components first, and then come back to the battery.

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  • Now we are getting to the good stuff, starting with the SSD. We found a 512 GB Samsung flash memory module.

  • The chips are marked:

    • Samsung S4LJ204X01 3-core ARM SSD controller chip - revision seems newer than 830-series SSD

    • Samsung 213 K9UHGY8U7A 20nm MLC NAND chips

    • Samsung 201 K4T263140F 256MB DDR2-800 cache memory

  • Proprietary flash memory is nothing new to Apple. It is, however, new to the MacBook Pro lineup.

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  • At first, the AirPort card in the MacBook Pro looks very similar to the one that we pulled out of the Mid 2012 MacBook Air.

  • Closer inspection, however, reveals otherwise:

    • Broadcom BCM4331 single-chip 802.11n dual-band wireless solution

    • Broadcom BCM20702 single-chip Bluetooth 4.0 HCI solution with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) support

    • Skyworks WiFi Block

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  • A bracket, some antenna cables, a few screws, and finally we get to the crème de la crème, the fan with asymmetric blade spacing.

    • We jumped at calling the fan inside the Mid-2012 MacBook Air 13" "asymmetrical," but when compared to the fan inside this MacBook Pro, the Air's fan is definitely more periodic.

  • Theoretically, the asymmetry spreads the noise produced over multiple frequencies, making it less noticeable.

  • This fan has been mentioned in almost all press on the MacBook Pro with Retina display. We are surprised at how much attention a minor blade spacing change is getting. It is never the less a testament to how much attention Apple puts on minor details overlooked by the rest of the industry, all for the comfort of the end user.

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  • Next up is the I/O board that plays host to one of the two USB 3.0 ports and the SD card reader.

    • We love that this Pro has USB 3.0 ports on both sides. At last we resolved the issues of cables that are 12.5" too short and thumb drives, mouse dongles, and USB toys that are a centimeter too wide.

  • The I/O board also plays host to a Broadcom BCM57100 series Gigabit Ethernet + Memory Card reader controller. The Ethernet controller is accessible through the separately-sold Thunderbolt adapter.

  • ParadeTech PS8401A HDMI Jitter Cleaning 3 Gbps HDMI repeater

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  • The next piece out is the processor and GPU heat sink and exhaust air vent assembly.

    • By pushing the air through a restriction before it gets to the outermost vents, you introduce an additional pressure drop (due to fluid shear stress at the walls) that accelerates the air and pushes it out of the computer faster.

  • With that last obstacle out of the way, the logic board comes out fairly effortlessly.

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  • Major players on the front of the logic board include:

    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU

    • Intel Core-i7 3720QM 2.6 GHz processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.6 GHz) with Intel Graphics HD 4000.

    • What appears to be an Intel E208B284 Platform Controller Hub

    • Hynix H5TC2G83CFR DDR3L SDRAM

    • Intel DSL3510L Thunderbolt controller

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  • The back of the logic board revealed:

    • Hynix H5TC2G83CFR DDR3L SDRAM 2Gbit 1600MHz chips

    • Hynix H5GQ2H24AFR - 2.5GHz 2Gbit GDDR5 memory chips

    • Texas Instruments Stellaris LM4FS1AH microcontroller with integrated ARM core

    • Renesas R4F2113 H8S series CISC MCU

    • Maxim MAX15119 Apple-specific IMVP7 CPU/GPU power controller

    • Cypress Semiconductor CY8C24794-24L - a Programmable SoC

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  • The headphone jack is held in place pretty snugly, but that doesn't stop us.

  • This is where you plug in headphones or speakers. We're not sure why you wouldn't want to share the magic of Apple's specially-engineered speaker system, though…

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  • …and right on cue, out come the speakers.

  • Apple claims that their custom speakers make the most of "every cubic millimeter" inside the MacBook Pro. For $2200, we sure hope that they wouldn't be plug-and-play.

  • The dual DXEC02 bottom-port Knowles MEMS microphones (with Job Id/Tape Numbers) lie underneath (or on top of?) the left speaker assembly. They use an "adaptive beam-forming algorithm" to cancel out background noise to make it easier to talk to your computer make calls via Skype and improve the speech recognition performance.

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  • A few cables and hefty display hinge screws hold the display assembly in place, but not for long.

  • The Retina display LCD is situated in the display assembly, and it's not going anywhere. Chances are if anything related to the display goes bad, you'll be replacing the whole kit'n'caboodle.

    • Don't forget that the display assembly also includes the FaceTime Camera, WiFi antennas, and Bluetooth antennas.

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  • Someone really did not want the battery in the MacBook Pro to come out of the upper case.

  • We tried valiantly with our iFixit 6 Inch Metal Ruler to free the battery from its aluminum confines, but to no avail. Rather than risk puncturing a lithium-polymer battery cell, we left the power source in place.

  • To complicate matters further, the TrackPad cable lies underneath the battery. Attempting to pry the battery off the upper case could easily sever the fragile cable, which would be bad.

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  • MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15" Mid 2012 Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

  • Proprietary pentalobe screws prevent you from gaining access to anything inside.

  • As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board. Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peace—you can't upgrade.

  • The proprietary SSD isn't upgradeable either (yet), as it is similar but not identical to the one in the Air. It is a separate daughtercard, and we’re hopeful we can offer an upgrade in the near future.

  • The lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it'll break during disassembly. The battery also covers the trackpad cable, which tremendously increases the chance that the user will shear the cable in the battery removal process.

  • The display assembly is completely fused, and there’s no glass protecting it. If anything ever fails inside the display, you will need to replace the entire extremely expensive assembly.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

You haven't said, Can you see who makes the display?

Igal Neshto, · Reply

I too would like to know more about the panel.

Nicholas Shanks,

ifixit probably afraid of damaging the pricey display.

User ONE,

what about the keyboard? not replaceable?

xkiller213, · Reply

doesn't look like it to me

Nick,

no trace of LIQUID METAL share?????

12345, · Reply

Apple is ridiculous.

Why continue in this way, far from the idea to be near his customer.

Glue the battery, pffff, can not be explain ....

I will keep away from this computer.

Sorry to see this ....

Mathieu Vilaplana, · Reply

I'm with you

I intend to keep my 2009 MacBook Pro, and when it fails, I'll get a early 2012 17'' with the matte screen refurbished from apple I can upgrade

Nick,

"You'll be missed!" -- Randal

no way,

Please post information regarding the FaceTime HD webcamera. Thanks!

Martin, · Reply

I don't particularly see how people can say that they couldn't recommend this to anyone, unless regardless of what it's repairability rating was, you weren't going to recommend it to anyone either way. I mean, most people have, IDK, a mom or a girlfriend, or even just a friend that is comfortable with neither doing repairs and replacements themselves or having you do it? I replaced the memory in my MBP before I ever turned it on, and changed out the HD after I was set up, but I'd be lying if I said everyone I knew was like me. Even myself, if I'm shelling out $2200 (You can max out at $3500ish :O) on a computer I'd probably invest in Apple Care.

Anyways, of course I AM not excited about anything that would be hard to replace, but only because of my own preferences and a few people I know. I know more people than not whom won't be affected by that.

driftej20, · Reply

When they get the bill because the memory is soldered to the logicboard and it goes, they'll need a logicboard, or the SSD goes, it will be much more expensive then a off-the-shelf HDD or SSD to fix

For example, say you buy this computer and the RAM goes bad, you will need to get a logicboard, and they are not cheap, I have heard 700-1000$ or more for a logicboard, I think I heard 1500 one time

If the SSD goes bad, this is a custom part only Apple has on hand, and I promise you they will charge a LOT of this SSD if it goes bad, and it will take years for others to make SSD's that work to upgrade the storage in this computer if you need it later on, or it fails and the third party one is cheaper

If you want this, AppleCare is a must to avoid the hidden costs of custom parts and non replaceable RAM

Nick,

While I agree that these things don't make me want to avoid this machine, I'm not sure the point of suggesting that one's "mom or girlfriend" are the intended audience because they're not technically savvy.

In a world where Linus Torvalds runs a Macbook Air, it's extremely condescending to suggest that a Macbook Pro, due to its non-expandability, is only appropriate for women.

no way,

In any case, if I have a scenario where a faulty RAM needs to be replaced, the only solution then is to only order the entire logic board. Will not that cost you closer to getting a new one. Was this new MBP retina built to last. What would be the possible cost of owership this has to the end user?

ADB

Arly Borja, · Reply

R4F2113 is a Renesas 16-Bit Single-Chip Microcomputer H8S Family / H8S/2100 Series

Dan, · Reply

As for the soldered-in RAM: I believe that they've figured out what the probability of failure of RAM is, and it must be low enough that it's not likely that RAM will be failing more often than anything else on the board. If you want replaceable RAM, why stop there: you could have a replaceable CPU. And GPU! And why not something else as well. See where it goes? RAM is not special in any way.

Kuba Ober, · Reply

Thats exactly the point! Engineers have labored to make all of these parts modular and Apple is taking their notebooks in the completely wrong direction. Gaming notebooks have had MXM graphics card slots for a long time now. It is not only environmentally unfriendly to solder RAM to the board, but also prevents upgrades! Boo Apple!

Honorius,

HELLO, from ex. NOKIA COUNTRY (Finland). Nokia is closing Finland-Salo-Factory soon. Will buy Apple iPhone as soon the v.5 is out.

Back to the Apple Macbook Pro - retina. I'd say, do the same disassembly later too. Maybe in one month Apple have done changes to the construction and you'll see that the battery will be connected using screws and also will be changed more easily. What I'm saying is that I think that Apple is trying to mess up with media and is also trying to create an illusion that all the service needs to be done in repairshops. I don't think that even Apple is that dumb that would make products unserviceable.

-JMO-

Mika, · Reply

I have have computers for more than 20 years now and NEVER had a case of failed ram. I had a Thinkpad that need to replace the... logic board :P They were covered by the 3 year warranty, so I did not pay anything. Also had a HP that needed logic board replacement. Never had problems with desktops.

Witch brings me to my next point: they have warranty, If you are worried about it, buy extended warranty.

The only way to make smaller and lighter notebooks is this, why carry 500g more all day just for the chance to upgrade your ram or pay less in case of a failure out of warranty? Everyone is complaining but it doesn´t make any sense. Buy heavier and larger notebooks them!

Thiago Gallo, · Reply

Some people care about how easily it can be fixed and upgraded, I am one of them who care

I'll take a "brick" if i can install a standard HDD and RAM, as long as it's not too thick, besides, apple could have did this to it, while making it serviceable too in the process

Pros like to be able to fix and upgrade their own gear at a reasonable price, this will just aggravate them, and it aggravates me as a consumer/tech who cares to no end

Nick,

All i can hear a big sucking sound, your money being sucked up by Apple. When you purchase this abomination called computer and when it needs repair. This is how they were in the 80's and they have returned to same position in the 2012. Proprietary piece of crap, that is like a expensive Bic lighter, toss it and get a new one.

LeCritique , · Reply

that's why I'm keeping my 17'' from 2009! I am out of warranty on it, but it still works and I can fix it a lot easier then this abomination of a computer!

I will be a 2009 Mac owner till this is not useable, or it dies

I will get 5+ years out of this, no matter what apple tries

Nick,

This teardown was for the R-MBP, but what about the non R models? I guess were awaiting a teardown to confirm but from the options on apple it would seem the non-R's have a standard 2.5" drive bay and perhaps removable/upgradeable memory; in which case this might be the better mac to get? I await more info and am checking iFixit every day awaiting another teardown to confirm my suspicions?!?

Steve Hardy, · Reply

My concern is the length of time that AppleCare can be obtained. It is obvious that a machine this expensive needs extended warranty support. But the day will come that like my Mac Pro 8-Core 3.0 GHz Xeon, extensions to the AppleCare warrantee are not available at any price. I haven't inquired, but it may be that 3 years is the limit, after which the cost of repairs is astronomical, no matter what has gone wrong. My previous MacBook Pro, 17" HD, had a coffee spilled into it. Apple said the repairs weren't covered and wanted to replace, 1 The upper panel, 2. The optical drive, 3. the hard drive, 4, the logic board, 5. the video card, 6. the wifi card, 7. the keyboard... They wanted more to fix the machine than the ring market price for that model. That was one expensive cup of coffee, and it was hard not to be mad at the person who dumped it. Also since all the parts are soldered on, if any covered repair is required, it will probably entail a logic board change, and I would end up sending in the machine. Something I don't like doing will all my precious data on board. I like my Apple equipment, but all this is hard to take.

Douglas Goodall, · Reply

Imagine if cars were built this way:

- assembled with non-standard fasteners

- consumable parts cast into the engine block

- disassembly requires destroying other parts

Oops ... maybe I shouldn't say that too loudly...

Joe, · Reply

- It's basically a MacBook Air Pro. They are confusing the MacBook Pro line by doing this. They are also *#%&#@$ off people like me by jettisoning the 17" MacBook Pro. What I did notice is that they got the prices jacked up so high they now are about the same as an old 17" model fully decked out -- This goes for both the basic and Retina models. Yuck.

- Also, this is the first full, formal product release since Jobs croaked. It looks like they are taking a turn toward the closed-source side. I don't like the way this Compaq guy is running things. Late 90s Compaqs sucked for various proprietary hardware design and reliability reasons. I don't want new Macs to suck.

- The score here is basically a ZERO. No Apple computer should ever get a zero on any measure. They are dishonoring Jobs' legacy.

ingyhere, · Reply

I would have to dispute your "reparability" score.

It looks very easy to open up and replace the components.

What you should say is the "upgradability" is difficult.

Since you sell tools for upgrade, that should be considered a conflict of interest.

Steve Rea, · Reply

And this teardown explains the 65% Apple care discount for this device. A big ouch for this one indeed. It's a challenge to pry open, tear down, and might have high repair cost after 4 years.

Budi Nugroho, · Reply

Thes screen is only a one piece or have a plastic protection film ?

My screen have a superficial detail i dont know if i need change the complete screen ? the screen see perfect, only this superficial detail...

Thanks ¡¡¡

DreaDy2013, · Reply

can the 802.11ac WiFi card from the late 2013 model work in the mid 2012 model?

cyglenn, · Reply

Hi,

Anyone knows how to replace the hinges?

My screen is not aligned with base case properly so I'm thinking to do the hinges replacement.

jh75104, · Reply

You can't. But you CAN align them. Remove the bottom, loosen the 6 screws of the hinges, and align the display. Tighten, and you're done. It is a 10 minute job.

Richard Rosenberger,

Any sign of a security slot? Even if I was sitting nearby not using it, I'd be terrified to leave one on a desk unless it could be secured.

junk, · Reply

You say, "A standard 3.5mm headphone jack (boo)". What justifies the "boo" in this case? Missing optical, is my best guess. Does it not support the iPhone style inline headset/volume? Is there some other issue with it?

Owen Imholte, · Reply

No, it's just that it's not new and exciting like the other ports.

David Hodson,

Is it me or do I see 5 stuck pixels on that small close-up of the screen?

msu320, · Reply

Yeah, stuck pixels, but not on MB display but in CMOS sensor fo the camera probably ;)

Alex,

What's the deal with the two magnets in the middle of the case, just above the batteries?

Scott Lawrence, · Reply

Hey Scott. Those magnets are used to hold the rear cover close to the body of the MacBook Pro. The screws hold it in place around the perimeter, but the magnets keep the large aluminum panel from acting like a drum, flapping about and such. In the MacBook Air, Apple uses plastic clips to accomplish the same task.

Brett Hartt,

"While Apple seems to have an extensive warning label, it fails to mention potential shocks by failing to disconnect the battery during gadget surgery. Is it possible Apple wasn't expecting us?"

Actually, I think they did. :)

Is that normal that the Model number is not the same in and out of the computer? (A1398 & A1417)

Mr Bob, · Reply

Those are the computer and battery model numbers, respectively. They've done that for a while now.

David Hodson,

This is the same SSD controller used in the Samsung 830. This is a very good thing. I remember seeing a Toshiba SSD module as well which I think uses a Sandforce controller. Performance characteristics are a bit different. I wonder when one is used over the other.

Joon Park, · Reply

Is this SSD compatible with the one in Air 2012?

Thanks.

Jon, · Reply

The chip number on the RAM is K4T2G314QF-MCF7 (Q, not 0, as noted in Step 10)

These part numbers also noted in my news post here (linking back to you guys):

http://www.pcper.com/news/Storage/New-Ma...

My performance review of the Samsung 830 Series, for those interested:

http://www.pcper.com/reviews/Storage/Sam...

I'm thrilled to see such a great controller in the new MacBooks!

Best,

Allyn Malventano

Storage Editor, PC Perspective

Allyn Malventano, · Reply

The SSD card is using a standard mSATA connector and layout. The size of the board is proprietary, but the pinout and the signal standards are maintained.

So, it's possible to build a replacement SSD for the macbook pro Retina. I expect our friends at OWC and others to start making 512, 768 and 1024GB upgrades available. Perhaps faster, since they have shown they have access to the same high-speed controllers and chips.

-M

Martin Bogomolni, · Reply

Is it confirm that the physical size of SSD in R-MBP is the same as MBA? If so, that will be a good news for replace or upgrade.

Tembo Hu,

K9UHGY8U7A is the same 25nm MLC NAND as in the Samsung 830.

As others noted, the controller is also identical to the 830 (The MCX). Not a newer revision.

Samsung new NAND in the 840 is 21nm. There is no such thing as 20nm NAND from Samsung.

The 21nm MLC is K9HFGY8U5A

and the TLC is K9CFGY8U5A

Just want to avoid spreading wrong information

Anh Man Tran, · Reply

I have chatted with two different reps, online, both of whom say that the just-released Retina MacBook Pros come with solid state drives that are soldered onto the motherboard. They also say it can be repaired by Mac, but they avoided the question of upgrading or replacing (if it's beyond in-place repair). Can somebody please look into this?

bob, · Reply

They used to do the same thing with radiator fans in cars (back when they were belt driven). Not so much for noise reduction, but to reduce vibration (which is pretty much the same thing when you think about it).

ian351c, · Reply

"The Ethernet controller is accessible through the separately-sold Thunderbolt adapter."

Do you really think this is the controller that is accessed with the thunderbold adapter?

First: it is on the other side of the computer...

Second: the adapter itself has the ethernet controller on board?!

So what do you mean by that statement?

derbroti, · Reply

Are you sure that isn't an Apple proprietary memory daughterboard connector between the CPU and the top row of RAM chips?? Seems to me that would be an easy way to upgrade from 8GB to 16GB of RAM...

emoon1, · Reply

So I guess there is no easy way to upgrade the RAM...

You cannot swap new/bigger memory bars.

Can you confirm?

Thank you!

Francois Massart, · Reply

You're stuck with the RAM you buy. There's no way to upgrade the RAM unless you switch out the entire logic board.

Miroslav Djuric,

Notice that the Lattice FPGA used in previous MBP models to switch the LVDS display signal between the two GPUs ("GMUX") has been replaced with a TI HD3SS212 DisplayPort switch.

dfskjfksa, · Reply

Any chance that it can be used as Line In as well? or only using the iPhone headphones mic (4th position of Tip, Ring, Sleeve, Sheath) And optical in and out?

Will Mayo, · Reply

Does the audio port have optical digital?

Benjamin Green, · Reply

From the Apple specs sheet neither this new MacBook Pro or the new MacBook Air have digital outputs. Just looking at the connector in the disassembly photos it appears to be true - Sorry

Dan,

What about heat to free the batteries? Since the case is metal, what are the thoughts of gradually heating the case, until the glue begins to loosen up? Naturally, you'd want to do that with as much other stuff removed as possible.

I think the key would be a precision heating of the case (not just hitting the batteries with a heat gun), learning what the meltio0ng point is and not going a degree above that!

John Rees, · Reply

The battery might explode before it comes out with all the glue used, using less heat for more time may help reduce this chance tough

Nick,

Are the battery modules glued to some kind of common rack, which can be then taken out as a whole or are they individually glued to enclosures frame?

Michael Seydl, · Reply

The warning label for the batteries says 100 °C. I bet the glue is hot melt and it turns to butter at some temperature well below that. Apple offers battery replacement service so there has to be some reliable way to un-bond the glue.

I bet at about medium well (160 °F or 71 °C) the batteries fall right out.

Dave Adams, · Reply

Have your tried a swab of rubbing alcohol on the glue holding the batteries? If it's hot melt adhesive, they'll cleanly pop right off.

Phil Burgess, · Reply

Suggest trying "Undu" - scrapbooker's adhesive remover. Brilliant stuff. (chemical = hexane) Dissolves the pressure sensitive adhesive glue bond, then evaporates leaving the adhesive still sticky for reuse. I have used it on iPhone battery with success.

B Louis, · Reply

"MacBook Air 13" Mid 2012 Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)." Macbook Pro you mean?

Jason Martin, · Reply

Sorry, it was a late night.

Miroslav Djuric,

It’s 15 inches, isn’t it?

Frank, · Reply

it's MacBook PRO, and it's 15'' isn't it?

Tyler, · Reply

I would argue against the last point "display assembly is completely fused".

Replacing parts with any laptop usually requires a cheap alternative. For he majority of time. It is the RAM, Harddrive, etc.

You rarely see screens or monitors replaced and when they are replaced you dont just replace the panel you replace the entire screen.

For DDR ram, in order to run at 1600MHz a better design is to ditch SO-DIMM modules.

FACT: You can run any RAM at a faster Hz when it is directly soldered to the board.

asd1815dev, · Reply

but what if it fails? you will need a new logicboard, and I am betting it will be 1000$ or more if the memory is the only thing that goes

Not a good thing at all to do this...... 8GB for my machine costs 54.99, and I don't need a new logicboard, just new sticks of ram

As to the fused display, I would believe it's fused together and cannot be opened to just replace the glass if that's all that breaks

Nick,

I can't recommend this computer to anyone....

here are my issues

soldered RAM, no upgrades, if it fails, look at replacing the logicboard

SSD is custom, no off the shelf replacements or upgrades, if it fails, apple is the only one with a SSD for this

Nick, · Reply

All this is no different than a MacBook Air. The SSD is replaceable in the previous MBAirs with faster, higher capacity ones from a number of vendors. It's a good bet that this one (and the current MBAirs) will be the same.

Think of it as a MacBook Pro, weight optimized like a MacBook Air. Or a fusion of the two. You can always get the regular MacBook Pro with optical and upgradeable bits if you don't like this way of building things.

Tom,

There is this thing called - Applecare. Buy it and worry less.

User ONE,

I agree I can't recommend this to anyone. Technology changes so fast, that the lack of being able to upgrade is a huge disappointment. I consider this an epic fail on Apple. I want a laptop that can be upgraded (SSD and/or SATA drive, RAM) and also be able to replace a battery with ease. Also Apple seems to be too pricey. IMO, if it can't be upgraded then the price should fall. Sorry Apple try again.

James F,

Can you tell whether there is space and a way to fit a sata drive in for additional disk space?

Tay Zombulovich, · Reply

If you take out one of the fans or the battery cells, sure. I wouldn't suggest doing either of those, though.

David Hodson,

So the glass covering the display is gone? Can the writers please confirm?

A feature of the last few MBPs was the glass display, this is now gone?

On a side note, I wish random comments like "I wouldn't recommend this to anyone" can be deleted. NO ONE really cares and is not asking for "Joe" off the Internet for his reccomendation.

Surge, · Reply

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