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New Haswell MacBook Pro Teardown: Lots of Shiny Tech – But Don’t Expect to Repair it Yourself

New Haswell MacBook Pro Teardown: Lots of Shiny Tech – But Don’t Expect to Repair it Yourself

iFixit has performed their famous teardown procedure on both the 13-inch and 15-inch models of the new MacBook Pros, and while they are truly things of beauty inside, they both get lousy scores for repairability, just 1 out of 10.


Both models pretty much follow the path laid out with the construction of the MacBook Air, so no big shock when you see the low repairability scores given by iFixit.

RAM is soldered directly to the logic board, so you’re pretty much screwed if you want to upgrade in the future, so, get your favorite lube out, and go ahead and click the 16GB upgrade box when you order your new MacBook Pro.

The battery is a pain to replace too, as iFixit notes on the 15-inch model:

The lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly. The battery also covers the trackpad cable, which tremendously increases the chance that the user will shear the cable in the battery removal process. 


The PCIe SSD isn’t a standard 2.5-inch drive, so say goodbye to being able to upgrade storage easily.

The display is a sealed unit, just like previous models, leading to the conclusion you’ll need to replace the entire assembly if anything goes wrong with it.

Cooling is now down to a single fan, and the heatsinks are more streamlined, possibly due to the use of the more efficient Haswell platform in the new kits.


The full teardown process, with all the techporn photos, can be found at iFixit, for both the 13-inch and 15-inch models.

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