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Retina MacBook Pro 13″ 2012 disassembled – Nightmare for Service Centers

Following the iPhone 5 specialists from iFixit disassembled another new product from Apple, namely the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro 13 with a Retina-display. Like the 15-inch model, the device is entirely composed of unique accessories designed specifically for this model. In addition, for the sake of compactness had to sacrifice maintainability of this laptop, although to a certain extent it is a little better top model in this parameter.

Retina MacBook Pro 13

 

On a design Retina MacBook Pro 13 is very similar to the new MacBook Pro Retina 15. It also does not have an optical drive, RAM is soldered directly to the motherboard, the original design used SSD, Intel Ivy Bridge platform and cooling system with asymmetric blades fans. Nevertheless, there are also obvious differences. Example, the device comes with only 8 GB of memory and a 16 GB option, as in the older model, there is not corny enough space for its de-soldering. Discrete GPU in the 13-inch laptop is missing; too, users will have to rely on an integrated solution Intel.

Retina MacBook Pro 13

In addition, a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, iFixit staff was unable to remove tightly glued to the body of the battery. In this case, it worked, and the two cells are screwed bolts, and the rest – are glued, but not as strongly as in the larger models, the representative of the service. Also important fact is accessible trackpad. If necessary, it can be fairly easy to replace. The 15-inch device is hidden under the battery.

Retina MacBook Pro 13

Another great feature – SSD-drive in a special seat for a trackpad that is connected to the motherboard of flexible cable. There’s enough space for a standard 2.5-inch SSD with a thickness of 7 mm or 5 mm. 9.5-mm model not climbed. Although clearly need and special connecting cable, but there is enough experience with the third-party alternatives to other computers Apple.

Retina MacBook Pro 13

On a scale of maintainability Retina MacBook Pro 13 from iFixit got two points out of ten. By comparison, the 15-inch sibling failed to score more than one point. Accessing the trackpad and the ability to remove the battery gave a small bonus novelty, but it has remained a nightmare for service centers.