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The 2019 13-inch MacBook Pro is even less repairable than its predecessors

Here it is, the even slightly less repairable 13-inch MacBook Pro. (Image source: iFixit)
Here it is, the even slightly less repairable 13-inch MacBook Pro. (Image source: iFixit)
Popular teardown and repair website iFixit has taken the new 13-inch MacBook Pro apart, revealing a 7% larger battery, a soldered SSD, a smaller heatsink and modular ports. Unsurprisingly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 13 received a woeful 2 out of 10 for repairability.

Apple does not seem to want to be outdone by Dell and its XPS 13 2-in-1, as it has made its new 13-inch MacBook Pro even less repairable than its predecessors. Most modern laptops have soldered RAM, but Apple went either further and switched to a proprietary SSD for the 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro. iFixit has got its hands on the recently announced 13-inch MacBook Pro, and it is not good news for those who like to repair their devices.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has a soldered SSD, just like the XPS 13 2-in-1. Apple has shaved a bit off the heatsink too, so it will be interesting to see how well the new device can cool its quad-core CPU. Positively, Apple has included a 7% larger battery, which now has a 58.2 Wh capacity up from 54.5 Wh. Additionally, the headphone jack makes a return and is replaceable, as are the Thunderbolt ports.

However, soldered SSDs are never a good idea, with Apple having built planned obsolescence into the new 13-inch MacBook Pro. SSDs have life spans and do fail. Replacing dead drives is a relatively simple, albeit potentially long-winded, task on most machines. By contrast, if a drive were to fail on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, then you are looking at a new logic board and probably a new machine if it is within warranty. The kicker? Companies like Samsung guarantee their SSDs for around 5 years use, several years after most laptop warranty periods end. Good job, Apple.

(Image source: iFixit)

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Alex Alderson, 2019-07-15 (Update: 2019-07-15)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.