Earlier this week iFixit tore down the Retina MacBook only to find that it was completely unrepairable. Now they’ve gotten their hands on the new, 2012 non-Retina MacBook Pro and have given it the same treatment. This time, however, most of the parts are replaceable by the user with ease. In fact, iFixit gave the new MacBook Pro a 7/10 on repairability. The only two notable knocks were that the battery is held down by a specialized “tri-wing” screw and that the screen is hard to replace. On the other hand, the battery, hard drive, RAM and optical drive are all pretty easy to replace/upgrade when needed.
Some notable chips found in the 2012 MacBook Pro include the Intel Core i7-3615QM, Broadcom BCM4331KML1G wireless card and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU. These chips provide the perfect speed to portability ratio needed to make a laptop as fast as the MacBook Pro. It seems like the only reason that this MacBook Pro isn’t as thin as the Retina MacBook Pro is because of the optical drive and stacked, user replaceable RAM. Both of these are absent in the Retina MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.