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iFixit, a popular electronics do-it-yourself weabsite, today gave the new MacBook Pro with the Retina display its worst-possible repair score of just 1 out of a possible 10.
"This is, to date, the least-repairable laptop we've taken apart," said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, in an email today. "Apple has packed all the things we hate into one beautiful little package." . . .
"The new MacBook Pro is virtually non-upgradeable -- making it the first MacBook Pro that will be unable to adapt to future advances in memory and storage technology," said Wiens.
The teardown revealed that Apple used many of the same assembly techniques as it does with the self-contained and virtually un-upgradable MacBook Air, including proprietary screws, copious amounts of glue, expensive parts -- the screen in particular -- that must be completely replaced even after the smallest failure and fused components that will likely break when a neighboring part must be removed.
As Wiens noted, the new MacBook Pro really can't be upgraded after purchase.
As in the MacBook Air, the laptop's memory is soldered to the logic board, eliminating any later RAM upgrade. Customers must order the Pro with exact amount of memory they desire, and pay Apple's high prices.
Although the MacBook Pro with Retina display comes equipped with 8GB of RAM standard, boosting that to 16GB at the time of purchase adds another $200 to the already=steep $2,199 sticker price of the base model.
At Crucial .com, a popular source for notebook memory upgrades, 8GB of additional RAM for a 15-in. MacBook Pro that doesn't feature the Retina display costs just $87.
Nor can the solid-state drive (SSD) be swapped out for something larger . . .