Apple MacBook Pro 14: Teardown video shows changes for M2 Pro model
A few days ago, we discussed that Apple is shipping slower 512 GB SSDs with this year's MacBook Pro 14. It turns out that Apple has made other internal changes not disclosed on its website too, despite the lack thereof externally. For reference, the M2 Pro and M2 Max add Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6E connectivity to the MacBook Pro 14 and MacBook Pro 16, as well as an hour's longer battery life.
In its iFixit disassembly of the MacBook Pro 14, it discovered that Apple has altered the heatsink from its 2021 predecessor of the same name. Specifically, Apple equips M2 Pro models with smaller heatsinks than their M1 Pro counterparts. This change should not pose an issue in theory, especially considering the two additional efficiency cores that the M2 Pro possesses over its predecessor.
While our review of the latest MacBook Pro 14 reinforces this, we also noted that Apple throttles the M2 Pro under prolonged load. The new model runs slightly hotter when utilising the SoC's CPU and GPU simultaneously. too. Overall, iFixit awards the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro 5/10 for repairability.
On the one hand, most components are modular, which should make repairs less expensive. On the other hand, the amount of screws and glue used often make repairs time intensive. Worse still, Apple locks some hardware repairs behind proprietary configuration tools, even a battery replacement. Please see our latest MacBook Pro 14 review for our full thoughts on the device and how it differs from its M1 Pro-powered predecessor.