Apple describes its new Retina MacBook as "the future of the notebook." Its all-new design certainly has us intrigued. The whiff of aluminum in the air and the whisper of screws unwinding to reveal the mysteries within can only mean one thing: The teardown has begun.
● Model number—A1534
● The standard plastic clips of old are replaced with futuristic pegs and weird spring clips.
● 3-in-1 display/power/I/O port cable runs to the MacBook's lone USB-C port.
● Even the center cell of the battery is glued down.
● 7.55 V, 39.71 Wh, and 5263 mAh battery.
● USB-C port cable turns out to be an interconnect cable
The MacBook 2015 Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)
● Proprietary pentalobe screws continue to make opening the device unnecessarily difficult, and new cable routing makes the procedure even trickier.
● The USB-C port is secured by tri-wing screws, and buried under the display brackets, complicating replacement. Also, being the only port, it will experience more use and wear than a typical single-purpose port.
● The battery assembly is entirely, and very solidly, glued into the lower case.
● The Retina display is still a fused unit with no separate, protective glass. If the display needs replacing, it'll cost a pretty penny.
● The processor, RAM, and flash memory are soldered to the logic board.
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