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

Paul Lilly

Our friends at iFixIt felt compelled to offer new 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro owners a consolation prize in the form of high resolution kitten wallpaper. What for? Well, based on iFixIt's teardown analysis of Apple's newest notebook, owners of the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro could use an adorable kitten to calm their nerves if they ever find themselves in the position of having to perform a do-it-yourself (DIY) repair job.

It's an impressive laptop, even if you loathe all things Apple, with a 13.3-inch display touting a 2560x1600 resolution, 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, 128GB or 256GB of flash-based storage, and USB 3.0, HDMI, and Thunderbolt connectivity. Not a bad feature-set, but woe is the user who has to tear into the thing to perform an out-of-warranty repair.

On iFixIt's Repairability Scale, where the higher the rating the easier it is to repair a device, the tech surgeons gave the MacBook Pro a 2/10. That's a failing grade, folks.

Among iFixIt's complaints are that the battery is still glued into the laptop's top case, Apple continues to use proprietary petalobe screws to lock users out, the RAM is surface-mount soldered to the logic board (so it's not possible to upgrade, ever), and the display assembly is damn near impossible to take apart. Should anything fall inside the display, iFixIt says you'll need to replace the entire panel.

The sole high point was that there appears to be enough space to fit a regular 5mm or 7mm 2.5-inch laptop drive, but even then, you'll need to cook up a custom designed cable. But hey, the kitten pics are cute, so there's that.

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