MacBook Pro with Retina Display Has One Giant Flaw: Repairability

 @ceylanwrites on June 14 2012 1:02 PM
MacBook Pro With Retina Display
The MacBook Pro with Retina display is shown at the Apple Store in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Dave Smith/IBT

It seems Apple has so much faith in its new powerhouse MacBook Pro Retina Display, that it has compromised the extent of its repairability. 

Apple unveiled the MacBook Pro with its revolutionary 5.1 million pixel Retina display on Monday. Although the company touts the MacBook Pro as its finest yet computer, it does have some significant shortcomings when it comes to repairability. 

In a report, iFixit, an Apple repair company based in California, has given the new MacBook Pro a one out of 10 -- with 10 being the easiest to repair -- the Los Angeles Times reported. 

The company tried to compile an online guide for taking the computer apart, but even the simplist stage of repair--opening up the computer--requires special tools compatible with specific proprietary screws.

Another simple process of repair, namely replacing the computer's battery, is also near to impossible, the company found. Instead of using screws to secure the battery, Apple has used glue, which means severe damage could occur should the user try and pull it out. 

The MacBook Pro's display may be thinner than ever before, but the fact that all the parts--including the screen, iSight Camera, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-- are fused together, means one malfunction will result in the whole display being pulled apart. This will prove to be extremely expensive, especially as the new MacBook Pro comes with a Retina Display. 

Another aspect of the computer that lacks flexibility is the computer's RAM. It can't be moved from the logic board and therefore customers won't have the option to increase it beyond the Standard 16GB size.

MacBook Pro Retina Display Features

The computer was unveiled at WWDC on Monday and will be shipping within the U.S in the next 3-4 weeks. 

Beyond the Retina Display, the 0.71 inch MacBook Pro comes with all flash storage, making the computer more durable, reliable and fast.  It also funs on the Intel Core i7 processor-the fastest core processor on the market. 

Next-generation NVIDIA graphics are fast, smooth and realistic, providing seamless production on programs such as Final Cut Pro and Aperture.  

In terms of connectivity there are more options than ever before, including: Two Thunderbolt ports, USB 3, USB 2, an SD card slot, and even HDMI.

In addition there is a glass trackpad, backlit keyboard, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime HD, dual microphones with beam forming for a new generation of voice apps, as well as stereo speakers.The battery has also been improved with 7-hour charge and 30-day standby time. 

The next generation MacBook Pro with a Retina display starts at $2,199 for 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. 

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