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iFixit's MacBook teardown review may be a hard fix for Apple

Apple's MacBook: No disassemble

iFixit MacBook tear down
Credit: Stephen Glasskeys

Recent reports indicate that although Apple's new MacBook may be easy to build at a factory, after the glue sets it becomes quite the pain to take apart. At least that's the assessment by the hardware gurus of iFixit. Bloggers in turn have closely examined all the parts of iFixit's teardown, using them to build well constructed pieces of their own.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers look for a spudger.

Today's humble blogwatcher is .


Ian Paul becomes a dream interpreter:

It may be the most amazing MacBook yet, but as you no doubt expected, Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook is a nightmare for the fix-it-yourself crowd.

Per their custom, the teardown masters at iFixit took apart this slender clamshell to discover all the secrets contained within. What they found is that its secrets didn't come easily, thanks to a mess of proprietary screws, glue, and soldering.  MORE


Eric Limer keeps a rabbit in his hat:

The new MacBook has all kinds of tricks up its sleeve, from a new keyboard to a force feedback trackpad, and of course a lovely new hi-res screen. But maybe the coolest new feature is...terraced batteries that can put more power in a thinner package.  MORE


While Shaun Nichols does everything in his power:

Apple really doesn't want its customers to be able to repair or upgrade their own computers.

The Cupertino giant has done just about everything in its power to render the new Retina MacBooks impossible to open and fix.  MORE


Chris Smith feels the screwy screws tighten: [You're fired -Ed.]

[The new MacBook's] proprietary pentalobe screws combined with new cable routing makes opening the device "unnecessarily difficult." Then the USB-C port is buried under the display brackets, making a replacement troublesome.  MORE


Not all is bad, reports a chipper Luke Dormehl:

Not all the news is bad, though. The device itself is...elegantly designed, right down to the Force Touch trackpad, which [iFixit] describes as a "slimmer, daintier version" of the one found in the also-just-released new 13 inch MacBook Pro.  MORE


Singing and dancing helps Adrian Kingsley-Hughes connect with a computer:

[There's] the new all-singing, all-dancing USB-C port, which replaces every other [MacBook] port...including the MagSafe port. It can do a lot (although some functions require an adapter, which is sold separately).  MORE


Meanwhile, Dan Gillmor opens full bore:

Apple's closed system approach: new Mac laptop is among most difficult to repair  MORE


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