iFixIt have struck again, tearing apart retail models of the all-singing, all-dancing new MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops from Apple, all in the cause of research, natch…And there’s some notes of interest there, for those of us saving our pennies, cents or Yen toward a purchase.


On the MacBook, the intrepid tear-down daredevils admit, “this may be the most beautiful laptop we’ve disassembled. Apple has a right to be proud of their engineers and manufacturing team.” Good praise.

They note the battery indicator light is now mounted on the side of the Mac (with the other I/O ports) which makes it a lot more useful. The battery can be removed by the touch of a latch.

iFixIt’s tear-down revealed the hard drive to be the same as the last black MacBook, a 250GB SATA running at 5,400rpm. They also found the battery to be a 45-watt hour version, rather than the 55-watt hour shipped in the previous version, however it still offers 5 hours of “wireless productivity” and is 200g lighter. On the whole when taking apart the MacBook the engineers said, “It looks like the only really hard part to replace will be the upper case and keyboard.” The processor is a Penryn Intel Core 2 Duo mobile Processor, while there’s also a Cypress USB controller and mixed-signal array. The HD audio codec comes from Realtek. Oh – and the speakers are much, much better. 

MacBook Pro

Moving on to the MacBook Pro, they’ve published a host of images of the exterior and the interior. iFixIt also inform: “We’re noticing a lot of hardware similarities between the MacBook Air, new Macbook, and this MacBook Pro.Apple has taken their new manufacturing approach to heart, and is using the flexibility it provides to standardize as much of their design as possible.” They also call it an “incredible machine”.

Additional notes (MacBook Pro):

– Keyboard repair is more challenging than before;

– The Mac features a new, rounded bottom

– Hard drive replacement is much easier on this model than the preceeding one.

– “The interior is cleaner and flows together better than the previous Pro.”

– SuperDrive is SATA, not ATA

– There are 56 screws on the keyboard.

Now go take a look at iFixIt’s report:


MacBook Pro


FTC: We use income earning auto affiliate links. More.

Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news:

You’re reading 9to5Mac — experts who break news about Apple and its surrounding ecosystem, day after day. Be sure to check out our homepage for all the latest news, and follow 9to5Mac on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stay in the loop. Don’t know where to start? Check out our exclusive stories, reviews, how-tos, and subscribe to our YouTube channel

About the Author