The New 12-Inch Retina MacBook Teardown [Images]
iFixit has posted its teardown of the new 12-inch Retina MacBook, with stunning images and commentary. The company rates the new MacBook with a very, very low reparability score of 1 out of 10.
Proprietary pentalobe screws continue to make opening the device unnecessarily difficult, and new cable routing makes the procedure even trickier. The USB-C port is secured by tri-wing screws, and buried under the display brackets, complicating replacement. Also, being the only port, it will experience more use and wear than a typical single-purpose port.
The battery assembly is entirely, and very solidly, glued into the lower case. The Retina display is still a fused unit with no separate, protective glass. If the display needs replacing, it’ll cost a pretty penny. The processor, RAM, and flash memory are soldered to the logic board.
Full teardown available here.