iFixIt: 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro a Bear to Repair, Here's a Kitten Pic

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Engelsstaub

I was thinking of getting one of these before I realized it doesn't have a dedicated GPU. Normally that wouldn't be a problem for me in a 13" notebook, but I question the wisdom of driving that sort of display with Intel's integrated crappage.

I really don't need a new one anytime soon any-damned-way. My MBP still has over a year left of extended warranty. When that's over it can get sold for half (or more) of what I paid for it with the proceeds going to a (hopefully better than this) new MBP.

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j_j_montez

This really is a shame. I like my 2009 MBP for various reasons, but one of my favorites is that by removing the bottom panal (10 phillips screws that are laid out easily and that only come in 2 sizes) I have access to my hard drive, RAM, battery, fans, ODD, and other connections. I have upgraded this laptop many times over the past 3 years with more ease than many PCs that I've come across. But this will most likely be the last Apple computer I buy for myself. I don't like the direction they are headed with their products, or with their patent trolling.

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jedisamurai

I really miss the pre-Jobs-return Apple of the 90's that made products that were stylish AND easy to repair. My cousin was an engineer for Apple back then and took great pride in how easy it was to repair a Mac compared with a PC. It's so weird now that Apple computers are more difficult to use and repair than Windows in addition to costing more. But I gotta say, they sure are pretty.

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And3rs0nTX

Is this even really a surprise?

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warlok180

The average person doesn't fix their laptop by one's self whether it's a Mac or a PC. They take it to the Geek Squad and get charged the price of a new laptop and walk away happy because their old laptop works again.

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methuselah

Yes however, when average Joe takes it the geek squad and they can't even upgrade your hard drive...

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bling581

True, but the more difficult it is to repair still means more money at the repair shop and probably longer wait times before getting it back.

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davelray

Differences between repairing a laptop from Apple and one from almost any other company are huge. Most other brands are far easier to disassemble, and there are less chances to scratch it. Trust me from experience, the LAST thing you want to do while repairing an Apple user's pretty shiny two or three thousand dollar laptop is to scratch it. And taking said laptop to the Geek Squad would be the same as taking a brand new Mercedes Benz through a gas station car wash. But they do it anyway.

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PCLinuxguy

+1, however when it comes to upgrades, that is where PC's shine in the laptop department (as this is a laptop comparison here.) since most have panels that can be opened to swap out ram or a disk drive without destroying the machine or having to use custom parts.

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don2041

For a society that's supposed to think green, there is always someone {APPLE} who build products with built in obsolesence!

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SilverSurferNHS

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wolfing

Apple's costumers aren't marketed as ones that would tinker with their devices. They like their things to be a black box that "just works" (tm), and if they need more RAM to do something, they need to spend $1500+ again to buy a different black box that has more RAM, and sell their old black box on ebay

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Modred189

2/10!?
But but but... epeat gold?

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jason2393

Just because it's healthy doesn't mean it's easy to repair...

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emzfrendcrisis

Just because it is EPEAT doesn't mean it is healthy...
http://www.extremetech.com/computing/138015-apple-bullies-epeat-into-greenwashing-its-impossible-to-repair-macbook-pro

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SilverSurferNHS

jet-flying tyrannosaurus' - lol

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