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New 13″ MacBook Pro teardown—good luck fixing it on your own

by Jacob Kleinman | March 12, 2015March 12, 2015 4:00 pm PDT

Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook won’t hit stores until early next month, but for now you can try out the company’s new Force Touch trackpad on an upgraded version of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Before you run out and pick one up though, you should know what iFixit found out in its most recent teardown.

Here’s the bad news: you won’t be fixing the upgraded MacBook Pro on your own. iFixit gave the new laptop a score of just 1 out of 10 for repairability, arguing that it’s nearly impossible to take the device apart by yourself. The entire thing is held together with proprietary pentalobe screws and plenty of glue, making it difficult to open up at all.

Once you get under the hood things only get worse. Removing the new Force Touch trackpad requires removing the battery first. The RAM is also soldered right onto the logic board, meaning there’s no way to upgrade once you’ve purchased the device. Finally, the Retina display is a single unit with no protective layer, making it even more expensive to fix.

If you’re dying to try out Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad the upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro is still your best bet. Just remember that you won’t really be able to upgrade or repair the device once it’s purchased, though you can always bring it straight to Apple with any issues. As for the new 12-inch MacBook, we’re still curious how it holds up to an iFixit teardown, though after today’s report we don’t have particularly high hopes.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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