The 13” model still comes in two flavors, but they’re harder to tell apart—the only clue being the number of ports. Did Apple keep the entry-level model and find room for a Touch Bar somehow, or is this new model a stripped-down version of the existing (expensive) Touch Bar design? Or is it something entirely new? Let’s shake all the parts loose and see what falls out.
● The headphone jack is back
● New 58.2 Wh battery capacity
● SSD is not upgradeable
● Smaller speaker
● Modular Thunderbolt breakout board
● Modular headphone jack module that includes headphone jack, microphone, and Touch ID connector
● Same 3.5G butterfly switch keyboard from the earlier MacBook Pro refresh in May.
Repairability Score: 2 out of 10
The MacBook Pro 13" with Two Thunderbolt Ports earns a 2 out of 10 on our repairability scale (10 is the easiest to repair):
● The trackpad can be removed without disturbing the battery.
● Proprietary pentalobe screws continue to be hostile to repair.
● The battery assembly is still very solidly glued into the case, complicating replacement of a consumable.
● Soldered-down RAM limits upgradability and longevity.
● The SSD is no longer replaceable—but as it was previously a proprietary drive, the newly soldered storage has about the same effect for the average fixer.
Take a look at a few images below and hit the link for the full teardown.