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New MacBook Pro an enormous pain to repair, says iFixit

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:27PM EST

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The New MacBook Pro may be an engineering marvel but it could also give your computer repair person a headache the likes of which he or she has never felt. According to the repair gurus at iFixit, the new MacBook Pro is one of the least repairable laptops they’ve ever encountered, scoring a 1 on their 10-point repairability scale. Among the new Pro’s litany of sins against independent repair people everywhere are its “proprietary pentalobe screws” that “prevent you from gaining access to anything inside,” RAM that is “soldered to the logic board,” a battery that is “glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly” and a proprietary SSD that cannot yet be upgraded. Basically, MacBook Pro users who fancy themselves good amateur mechanics should under no circumstances open up this thing to tinker around with it.


Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.