iFixit has released a series of tear downs based on the new laptops Apple introduced at its “Spring Forward” media event on Monday. While we’re still waiting for the new MacBook to be examined once it’s released, the updated MacBook Pro and MacBook Air that are now available have been opened and dissected. 

While neither the MacBook Pro or MacBook Air were redesigned, the new MacBook Pro saw the most significant increases in specifications and features. The MacBook Pro has picked up Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, that brings haptic feedback to the user. iFixit cracked open the MacBook Pro to find the Force Touch trackpad combines four “springy mounts” with Apple’s “taptic engine.”


The haptic feedback, or what Apple calls “Taptic Engine”, is powered by an array of electromagnets that rapidly push and pull against a metal rail mounted beneath the trackpad, to create a tiny “buzz” of feedback with each click and a second buzz for a “force click”, iFixit found.

Like all of Apple’s laptop line, iFixit says that due to the “gluey mess of a battery, soldered RAM, and other proprietary problems,” the new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro “scrapes the bottom of the barrel with a 1 out of 10 on the repair scale.”

As for the MacBook Air, there wasn’t too much to be found compared to past generations. iFixit says that not a lot has changed performance wise even though there are new Haswell chips included, but a new manufacturing process makes the transistors smaller, and the entire chip more power efficient by up to 30 percent.

The MacBook Air fairs a little better in repairability, thanks to its non-adhered battery, giving it a 4/10 on the iFixit repairability scale. That’s still a pretty bad score, though this has become routine for new Apple products.

Both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro will be able to achieve the doubled storage speeds Apple bragged about onstage Monday. iFixit found the laptops now include four PCI Express 2.0 lanes to transfer data, rather than the previous two.

The new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are now available from the Apple Store. If you can look past the troubling repairability – it’s an Apple device anyways – the new devices add some slight enhancements at the same price and provide an alternative to the one-port MacBook.

Source: iFixit (1), (2) via ArsTechnica

  • Linton Findlay

    understand why the 15″ pro didn’t get an upgrade either -.-

  • iPhoneWINS

    the 15s don’t sell as much lol

  • ShawnTXDFW

    I’m having a hard time trying to decide what to get. And I’m just asking for opinions. I have a little bit of money to throw away and can’t decide whether to buy a MacBook (the new one that’s about to be released) and or an Apple Watch. I like the idea of having a smart watch. Brainwashed or not it’s a beautiful peace to add to my now Apple collection. I have a iPhone 6 Plus and a iPad Air 2. I have never owned an Apple computer (i.e., MacBook, iMac anything like that) before. Are they worth it compared to the stuff I already have? Essentially I don’t think either are a necessity, but I just can’t decide which to buy! Any thoughts/feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • GuyBey0ndC00L

      MacBook Pro 13-inch
      with Retina display

      Price: $1299

      13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Retina display

      Up to 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor

      Up to 10 hours battery life1

      Up to 1TB flash storage2

      3.48 pounds

      • ShawnTXDFW

        I want the NEW one. Either the new MacBook or the Apple Watch. Ugh! Decisions! And I’d prefer the Gold MacBook.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        This is the same price for the New MacBook. Only thing is you get more for your money.

      • ShawnTXDFW

        Yeah, I seen that. I’ve compared the models and for some reason I’m still leaning towards the New MacBook still. Everything I have of Apple is or have been the GOLD ones, and I think that’s ONE of the main reasons why. Paint or not, I guess it’s just what I like.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Do what you think is best.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        Starting price for new MacBook $1299. But your gonna need a adapters for this machine. That can be anywhere from $100 to $200 or more dollars. About total:$1499

      • ShawnTXDFW

        Ok. Well I’ll have to give it done serious thought. In a way I really want the Apple Watch more though. Still undecided.

    • I just got my first apple, Macbook Pro. It’s awesome. Faster than the Macbook.

      • ShawnTXDFW

        I realize the Macbook Pro has more than the Macbook. I’m a sucker for Gold I guess, and I think that’s one of the main reasons why I’m leaning towards the New Macbook. I already have two PC’s at home, just never owned an Apple PC. Yes, it’s just a color, I get it, and I see for the same price I can get more for my money. Maybe I’m just a sucker for new things. Everything I have had from Apple I have chosen the Gold versions. Be it as it may, I do realize I can’t afford the Apple Watch Edition Gold that I wanted to begin with, but I refuse to pay that much for a watch. If I was rich, absolutely. But I’m not and I’m just settling for what I can afford.

      • Well if you want to get a computer based on the color, that’s your decision. I got it based on speed 🙂 I read the new Macbook is good, obviously, but if you want to start doing heavy stuff on it, I would reconsider.

  • port87

    the logic board is smaller than the raspberry pi. what?!