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


  1. Is there any way to make the cheaper Macbook with illuminated keyboard?

    Comment by John — February 18, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  2. I have a white Used Macbook which is not a Unibody one. The policarbonate body has showed lots of problems, and due to some problem, I believe, Apple decided to make it as unibody. However, the problem is the material itself. I believe the crack is caused by heat captured inside of the enclosure. Any solution for the problem?

    Comment by Blogwriter — August 19, 2010 @ 3:58 am


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