[Update from Sam Palmer – 22nd November] iFixit has today updated their teardown of the 15-inch variant of the new MacBook Pro with TouchBar.
Much like the 15-inch version, iFixit released a teardown for the device, giving it the same 1 out of 10 repairability score, 1 being the hardest to repair and 10 being the easiest.
You can check out the teardown of the 15-inch MacBook Pro at the update source link below, and you can read about the 13-inch teardown below that.
Update source: iFixit
[Original Story by Sam Palmer] You may still be waiting for your new MacBook Pro to be delivered, or you might still be thinking about whether or not you should get one yet.
Either way, iFixit has a new teardown article for you, providing a closer look at the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and tearing it down to provide a look at the insides of the new notebook.
In their teardown, we can see that Apple has had to move a few of the internals around to fit in the Touch Bar, with the usual hard-to-replace components.
iFixit say that the battery has been glued into the case and that the Touch Bar will be particularly hard to replace as is the SSD storage, RAM, and processor. That said, the new 2x larger trackpad is thankfully easy to replace, simply slide it out after removing ten accessible screws.
In their teardown, iFixit gave the new MacBook Pro a repairability score of 1 out of 10, 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest.
You can read their full teardown at the source link below.
[Update to the update below from Nicholas Griffin] iFixit has updated their tear-down, adding the following message to the previously incorrect statement:
Teardown Update: Alright, most of these holes are cosmetic, but after yanking out the tweeters in the following step, it’s clear that some of these are through-holes that carry sound out of the Mac’s enclosure.
[Update from Nicholas Griffin] After reading other articles on the web, I noticed a lot of people were noting iFixit’s statement that the speaker grilles alongside the new MacBook Pro were cosmetic, such as the articles from 9to5mac and MacRumors,
This all came from the following statement from iFixit:
The speakers are not located under the speaker grilles. The speaker grille doesn’t even go clear through the case.
This statement is false and so I thought I would update everyone about it.
If you look closer into the images that iFixit posted, you will see that they actually found a separate up-firing tweeter, and they even snapped a picture that clearly shows the speaker grille going cleanly through the case, as I tweeted earlier:
— Nicholas Griffin (@NGRIFFINtn) November 16, 2016
And the image from the official Apple website even shows this clearly:
So I guess the moral of the story is that you should investigate stories before posting them on the internet.