The iFixit repairmen gave the Retina MacBook Pro a mere one out of 10 for ease-of-repair due to Apple-specific pentalobe screws preventing access to the inside, RAM soldered to the logic board and a currently non-upgradable proprietary SSD.
Apple’s assembly means the laptops’ RAM cannot be removed and upgraded, which may be an issue for those with longevity in mind.
The built-in 95-watt-hour, lithium-polymer battery and the new Retina display didn’t gain positive reviews either.
“The lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly,” iFixit said. “The battery also covers the trackpad cable, which tremendously increases the chance that the user will shear the cable in the battery removal process.”
According to iFixit, the 2880 x 1800-pixel Retina display assembly “is completely fused, and there’s no glass protecting it. If anything ever fails inside the display, you will need to replace the entire extremely expensive assembly.”
This would include the iSight camera and the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas.
While Apple has produced a slim, technology-packed MacBook Pro, the ease of repair will mean professionals will be handling any issues.