Apple recently unveiled its refreshed MacBook Pro lineup and there s a lot to like about them, right from slim and lightweight design than the predecessors, faster hardware, OLED touch bar, Touch ID fingerprint scanner among others. Now, the folks over at iFixit recently got their hands on the new 13.3-inch entry-level MacBook Pro without the OLED Touch Bar, and they have done a complete teardown of the laptop. The teardown reveals a lot of things about the new MacBook Pro, which includes smaller battery, custom SSD and more. Also Read - iPhone 13 launch date and more details tipped as part of new leaksAlso Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours
With the lack of OLED Touch Bar, there isn t much going in for the entry-level MacBook Pro, but the iFixit crew does note a few points of interest. Thanks to the compact and tighter design, the MacBook Pro still remains a nightmare to repair. However, it is better than last year s model. While the 2015 MacBook Pro scored 1 out of 10 on the reparability scale, the crew has given the new MacBook Pro a score 2 out of 10. The RAM is soldered onto the logic board, which means you won t be able to upgrade in the future. You can either shell out some money to upgrade now, or you can remain stuck on 8GB of RAM forever. Also Read - Flipkart Mobiles Bonanza sale top deals: iPhone SE, Poco X3 Pro and more on discount
The PCIe- SSD (flash storage) is now easy to remove compared to the previous models. But this time around, Apple is using a custom Apple SSD controller, which it says is 100 percent faster than the previous generation. The base model comes with 256GB storage and it is made from four 64GB SanDisk NAND modules. 9to5Mac put the MacBook Pro SSD through benchmarking utility, Blackmagic s speed test, and found it to be insanely fast maxing out a read speed of 2,000MB/s, and write speed of 1,356MB/s. ALSO READ: Next year s Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar could come with a lower price tag
Despite all additions, Apple still promises a battery life of 10 hours on the MacBook Pro. However, iFixit found the battery to be measly 54.5Wh, which is 25 percent smaller compared to 74.9Wh on its predecessor. Other interesting bits from the teardown include the single modular unit which is taped to the bottom of the fan, which also houses the legacy 3.5mm headphone port. The location of the port and modular component could mean that Apple may drop it in favor of USB Type-C or Lightning connector in future MacBook Pro generations. ALSO READ: Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar launched: India price, specifications and features
Lastly, Apple has upgraded to Butterfly 2.0 keyboard it has keys that are slightly taller at the edges and have small dome beneath each key. This increases the travel, while making the travel comfortable at the same time. ALSO READ: Apple MacBook prices hiked by up to Rs 10,000 in India
The 13.4-inch MacBook Pro model without Touch Bar is expected to launch in India soon. While the availability details are scarce, Apple has revealed its pricing, which will set you back by Rs 129,900. It is powered by Intel s Core i5 dual-core processor paired with 8GB of RAM and Intel HD Graphics 540 and 256GB onboard storage.