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macbook: Repairing new Apple MacBook Pro laptops easier: iFixit teardown

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Like with every new Apple product, the repair-focused website iFixit has finally dropped its teardown video for the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The video gives us a first look at internal components along with changes to internal design to offer better repairability than the previous MacBook laptops.
iFixit has mentioned that getting inside the new 16-inch MacBook Pro is simple as the back panel is fastened with a couple of screws. Along with that, there is a slew of changes in terms of internal design, speaker system, battery, logic board, I/O and more that makes it more repairable than older MacBooks.
This time around, Apple is no longer glueing the batteries in place and instead the company has opted for adhesive pull tabs that make getting the batteries out easier and simpler than before. But there are still a few things that need to be dealt with before pulling out the batteries. The first one is the new speaker system placed near the battery and the second, you need to remove the entire trackpad to pull the adhesive tabs of the two main batteries.
However, it is still better than the previous glued batteries which made it almost impossible to replace.
The new MacBook Pro comes with more ports that include an SD card slot and HDMI port along with Thunderbolt ports, audio jack and MagSafe charger. The USB-C ports, MagSafe ports and the audio jack are modular and can be replaced, but the HDMI and SD card slots are pasted on the logic board along with memory and storage and are not replaceable.
Replacing the modular ports isn’t that simple. iFixit has noted that the ports are placed and tightly screwed on the chassis and to remove them one need to remove the entire logic board which requires removing all the cables and screws which can be a tricky task.
When it comes to repairability, Apple products are usually complicated to repair. However, with the new MacBook Pros, it seems that Apple has taken a few things into consideration that require replacement eventually or have high chances of getting damaged like batteries, ports, etc.

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