MacBook Pro Unibody broken down!

October 15, 2008 Teardowns — Kyle Wiens

We finished our first look at the MacBook Pro Unibody.

Macbook Unibody take apart!

Macbook Pro Unibody Internals

MacBook Pro Unibody tidbits:

  • 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.
  • We identified the dual Nvidia chipset

MacBook Pro Unibody Teardown

We took apart the MacBook Unibody!

October 15, 2008 Teardowns — Kyle Wiens

We completed the disassembly of our MacBook Unibody:

Macbook Pro Unibody disassembly!!!

Removing the new MacBook logic board

Cool things we learned:

  • Apple’s new hardware 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 Unibody tidbits:

  • 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.
  • We 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.

MacBook Unibody Teardown