The tech tear-down geeks over at iFixit got their hands on one of those nifty new MacBook Pros announced at this years WWDC. It turns out, these new MacBook’s aren’t user upgrade or repair friendly — at all. After some extensive technical digging through the innards of the device, they gave the new MacBook Pro an overall score of 1 out of 10 in regards to repairability.
Between glue and solder, there was no easy way to remove the battery or ram. The solid state disk is non-standard dimensions. Opening the case requires a proprietary screwdriver thanks to pentalobe screws. The display assembly is also stuck.
Conclusion? For a $2,200 device, don’t expect to be doing any of the repair work yourself. With this iteration of the MacBook Pro, Apple will require you to take it in to them to handle any of the dirty work.
For most, this won’t be a problem until the warranty runs out. However, with RAM upgrades not being feasible, it makes that optional 16GB of ram much more necessary at the time you buy the unit vs. a future upgrade.