iFixit Tears Down the 2019 MacBook Pro and Its Updated Butterfly Keyboard [Images]

iFixit Tears Down the 2019 MacBook Pro and Its Updated Butterfly Keyboard [Images]

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iFixit has posted its teardown of the new 2019 MacBook Pro which features an in-depth look at modifications made to the Apple's butterfly keyboard.

Apple’s newest MacBook Pro is its fastest yet, featuring an optional eight-core processor—a first in a MacBook—and a mysterious new keyboard material. Since it’s unlikely that Apple’s going to expound on this ‘material,’ and we’re never satisfied with an unsolved mystery, it’s time once again to take a closer look at the infamous butterfly keyboard.

iFixit Tears Down the 2019 MacBook Pro and Its Updated Butterfly Keyboard [Images]

Highlights:
● 2019's butterfly switch revision keeps the silicone membrane, but tweaks the materials in the springy metal dome and the plasticky material that covers it.
● The switch cover in the 2018 model is semi-opaque, somewhat tacky, and feels like silicone. The new model is clearer and smooth to the touch.
iFixit Tears Down the 2019 MacBook Pro and Its Updated Butterfly Keyboard [Images]
● Apple may be using a revised heat treatment, or alloy, or possibly both for the metal dome switch.

iFixit Tears Down the 2019 MacBook Pro and Its Updated Butterfly Keyboard [Images]

Repairability Score: 1 out of 10
● The trackpad can be removed and replaced with very little drama.
● The processor, RAM, and flash memory are soldered to the logic board. Repairs and upgrades will be impractical at best.
● The top case assembly, including the keyboard, battery, speakers, and Touch Bar, is glued together—making all those components impractical to replace separately.
● The Touch ID sensor doubles as the power switch, and is paired with the T2 chip on the logic board. Fixing a broken power switch may require help from Apple, or a new logic board.

Take a look at a few images below or hit the link for the full teardown.

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iFixit Tears Down the 2019 MacBook Pro and Its Updated Butterfly Keyboard [Images]

NoGoodNick - May 24, 2019 at 7:30pm
This is what I was afraid of, nothing but the trackpad is replaceable, meaning whichever SSD you select, you're stuck with. However, I've recently discovered external NVMe drives, which are significantly FASTER than internal SSDs, so I'll probably go with just enough memory/drive to keep apps open and store everything else externally, though it's a pain when using laptops.
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