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New MacBook Pro with Retina Displays Get Awful Repair Scores

by Todd Haselton | October 25, 2013October 25, 2013 11:30 am PDT

Apple’s new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display laptops certainly are beautiful, but that new thin design definitely comes at the cost of repairability. The folks at iFixit recently tore open both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, revealing an awful repairability score of 1 out of 10. Thankfully Apple’s support is usually top notch.

The site gave Apple’s new computers such low scores because it said the “proprietary pentalobe screws making opening the device unnecessarily difficult.” The battery inside the laptop is also glued to the case, so you can’t just quickly replace with a new one as you can in competing machines, and you would need to first remove the battery in order to fix or replace the track pad. Likewise, the motherboard, so iFixit recommends buying as much RAM as you can out of the gate, since you won’t be able to upgrade it later.

Finally, the Retina display is fused to the computer and lacks any glass protection. “If anything ever fails inside the display, the entire assembly will need to be replaced,” iFixit explained.

Sounds like you should definitely sign up for AppleCare if you’re planning to pick up one of these new machines.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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