New MacBook Teardown Reveals No Major Internal Changes; RAM and CPU Still Soldered

After posting a teardown of the new 4K 21.5-inch iMac, the iFixit team has posted teardowns of the 2017 Retina MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar featuring Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors.

Apart from featuring Intel’s latest 7th generation processor, the new Retina MacBook and MacBook Pro also make use of Apple’s second generation Butterfly switches. The teardown does not really reveal anything new and shows that the new MacBook is essentially the same as last year’s model. This means that unlike the new 2017 iMac, the CPU and the RAM are soldered onto the logic board which makes upgrading them down the line impossible.

Like last year’s MacBook though, Apple has used Torx and Phillips screws inside the new MacBook which does make the job of opening it easier. However, with everything being soldered on the logic board and copious amounts of glue holding the battery assembly to the lower chassis, there is not much that can be repaired or replaced on this laptop. So unsurprisingly, the 2017 MacBook only gets a repairability score of 1 out of 10 from iFixit.

The story remains the same with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. There are no major internal changes, with the Touch Bar still remaining impossible to remove from the laptop without damaging it. Apple has used a new ink for the control and option keys on the keyboard, but that’s a minor change that’s likely going to go unnoticed by all.

Similar to the 2017 MacBook, the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro also got a repairability score of 1 from iFixit.

[Via iFixit, 2]