Monday, Jan 30, 2023, 19:27 Hardware

iFixit Takes Apart MacBook Pro (2023) – Tests Apple's Repair Manual

As usual, the tech-repair website iFixit is more interested in the new MacBook Pro's interior than exterior. As the phrase goes, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" – and for the specialists at iFixit, the only relevant information to behold is a device's innards. It didn't take until the new MacBook Pro (2023) ended up in the repair-website's workshop for a new teardown. The goal of the teardown was to do more than answer simple questions concerning the device's construction, rather, it was also to evaluate Apple's official repair manual for the device. Encompassing 160 pages, the manual directs users what to do in the event of a defect and indicates which components are suitable for an exchange to remedy the issue.

Barely Any Visible Differences – Apart From One
iFixit's posted video is of the new MacBook Pro 14", a removal of the housing and quick look inside the device reveals only sparse differences. However, one difference is noticeable in the device's storage drive – which is equipped with only half as many memory chips as the M1 version of the device when in the base configuration. With only 4 instead of 2 NAND-chips in all base configuration SSDs since the release of the last M1 laptops, there are some significant differences between for data transfer speeds.



Directions – Fantastic
iFixit held special the repair manual in especially high regard, due to its readability and the ease with which its directions can be followed. Additionally, Apple provides tips about how to best position the device during each repair – and doesn't hesitate to warn users about what could happen should users fail to follow the safety directions.

What Hasn't Changed – Lots Of Soldering & Nonexchangeable Parts
iFixit still isn't fully convinced of the device's repairability – many essential components including RAM or SSDs are soldered. With a repairability score of 5/10, the device still achieves a better score than some of Apple's previous notebooks. Components such as the battery or display are still relatively easy to replace in the even to of a defect. However, repairs involving the M2-chip and its various parts remain just as frustration-inducing as before.

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