The new MacBook Pro will be easier to repair. This is the observation of iFixit, which has begin its disassembly of Apple’s newest laptop.
More specifically, it is the battery – the component that you will most likely need to replace at some point – that has become easy enough to replace for a user to use.
For the first time since 2012, Apple has not glued the batteries (there are several) to the chassis, and each battery can be loosened by pulling a protruding tab. The same is already true of the iPhone and MacBook Air.
It is still not child’s play to remove all the battery cells because you have to unscrew and lift out the trackpad to access the tabs that release the middle cells, but it’s a definite improvement.
iFixit promises to publish a complete disassembly of the computer in the next few days.
We reported last week that Reddit user the_Ex_Lurker on opening up a new MacBook Pro discovered that the six batteries were not glued in the housing. As we noted at the time this should make it possible to replace the batteries if necessary – something that is likely to improve the repairability of the device and lessen its environmental impact. Read:
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This article originally appeared on
Macworld Sweden. Translation by Karen Haslam.