Who doesn’t want an Apple Macbook? They’re fast, get great battery life, and beautifully built. Apple updated their Retina-based 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with this week with Haswell and cut both laptops by $200 as they phase out non-retina MacBook Pros.
But they’re not the easiest things to repair, says iFixit.
The MacBook Pro 15″ Retina Display (Late 2013), rated a Repairability Score of 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair). As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board so you can’t upgrade and the battery is glued rather than screwed into the case. MacBook Pro 13″ Retina was no better, also receiving a Repairability Score of 1 out of 10.
The new Macbooks feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi using a Broadcom BCM94360CS chipset. They claim triple the performance of 802.11n.
Apple’s planned obsolescence is part of the price.