Apple’s new MacBook is now available to purchase from the company’s online store. However, if users were thinking of skimping on the AppleCare Protection Plan and fixing the MacBook themselves, then tough luck because iFixit has given the new Retina MacBook 2015 a horrific repairability score of one out of ten.
The new MacBook 2015 has a 12-inch IPS Retina display with a resolution of 2,304 x 1,440. It sports an Intel Core M processor with 8GB RAM and either 256GB or 512GB SSDs. As for the port(s), there is only one USB-C port which is in charge of charging, data transfer and even video output.
Unscrewing the laptop is already troublesome as Apple has once again used the 5-point pentalobe screws for the new MacBook. Because the battery connectors are hidden under the logic board, that makes it even harder to disconnect the battery. Even the centre of the battery cells are glued down to the lower case. The audio jack board was easy to remove as it was modular but then the dual microphones are tucked away under the keyboard.
The Retina display is fused with the protective glass itself, so replacing it would require users to fork out a hefty sum of money to get both changed at the same time. That’s not the only thing fused together, the processor, RAM and even the flash memory are all soldered to the logic board itself. This means that all hope for a RAM and storage upgrade are lost.
Apple really does not want users to tamper with the new MacBook 2015, which makes the purchase of an AppleCare Protection Plan with the MacBook seem mandatory.