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It has been two days since Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), but that hasn’t stopped Ifixit from giving the firm’s Retina display Macbook Pro the tear-down treatment.

Ifixit pulled apart the expensive new Macbook, discovering that it’s the “least repairable laptop yet” with a repair-ability score of just one out of ten.

The teardown experts explain, “Apple has packed all the things we have into one beautiful little package. For consumers, this means incredible expensive repair bills and little to no upgrade-ability at all.”

First off, the dis-assembly reveals that the laptop’s 16GB of RAM, which users would previously have been able to switch out, now comes soldered to the logic board – meaning it’s untouchable by consumers. The battery is also glued to the case and sits on top of the track pad cable, Ifixit explains, adding that this means it’s more likely to shred the cable than previous models, with users more likely to encounter problems.

The list of problems doesn’t end there. Step 20 of Ifixit’s tear-down process reveals that the Retina display LCD is situated in the display assembly, which means that if anything goes wrong with the high-res screen, users are probably going to have to pay to replace the whole device.

So, basically, if anything goes wrong with your fancy new Retina display Macbook, you’d better hope it’s covered by Apple Care.

via The Inquirer




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