The 13-inch MacBook Professional with two Thunderbolt three ports, torn down.
A peek inside.
The logic board.
The revised keyboard mechanism.
As is custom, restore information web site and components vendor iFixit tore down the newest Mac to see what’s completely different inside and to evaluate its repairability. This time it is the brand new, entry-level 13-inch MacBook Professional with Contact Bar, which changed the earlier Contact Bar-less low-end MacBook Professional in Apple’s retailer final week. Mix that with now-public Geekbench benchmarks of the machine, and we now have a transparent image of what the lowest-price MacBook Professional mannequin is all about.
Let’s begin with the benchmarks, as dug up by MacRumors: the refreshed low-end 13-inch MacBook Professional managed a median four,639 Geekbench four rating in single-core efficiency, and 16,665 in multi-core. Examine that with four,341 and 9,084, respectively, within the earlier bottom-tier 13-inch MacBook Professional, and also you’re as much as 83 % quicker efficiency within the new machine.
No surprises there; the earlier one hadn’t actually been up to date in fairly some time. However it does not fairly meet Apple’s advertising declare that the brand new machine is “two instances extra highly effective” than its predecessor.
iFixit’s teardown discovered that the low-end 13-inch MacBook Professional remains to be distinct from its higher-priced 13-inch sibling, primarily when it comes to ports—it has two Thunderbolt three ports to the dearer model’s 4). However in different methods, they’re nearer collectively than earlier than, primarily with the inclusion of the Contact Bar and Contact ID, and related modifications to accommodate these.
iFixit notes that the brand new mannequin has a 58.2 Wh battery in comparison with the earlier one’s 54.5 Wh. Apple guarantees 10 hours of battery life—the identical as earlier than—suggesting that this improve in capability could also be merely to energy the Contact Bar and Contact ID with out bringing that estimate down.
Apple additionally lowered the scale of a warmth pipe within the cooling system and one speaker with a view to accommodate for Contact ID. For causes presumably not associated to Contact ID or the Contact Bar, Apple changed prior fashions’ modulate solid-state drive (SSD) with soldered storage. “One of many final upgradeable elements on the MacBook Professional line is completely gone,” iFixit says. Then again, a soldered Thunderbolt breakout board has been changed by one thing modular.
Lastly, iFixit confirmed that Apple did certainly use the newest model of the butterfly keyboard, which the corporate claims is not going to fail as usually as earlier variations—though it is nonetheless lined by Apple’s restore program for butterfly keyboards.
Ultimately, although, iFixit gave the newly up to date 13-inch MacBook Professional a 2 out of 10 repairability rating, citing proprietary screws, a glued-in battery meeting, soldered RAM, and the non-replaceable SSD, all of which make the laptop computer “hostile to restore.” The one optimistic level listed for repairability is that “the trackpad could be eliminated with out disturbing the battery.”
None of this could come as a shock, although—Apple’s design philosophy precludes the sorts of repairs iFixit is targeted on facilitating. In case you’re searching for a machine you possibly can tinker with, improve, or restore your self, you are higher off trying elsewhere, and that is information to nobody.
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