For the last six months I have been teetering on the precipice….looking at the laptop marketplace, knowing that I am overdue for an upgrade (I got my Macbook pro about 4 years ago…and it’s starting to whimper). Knowing that a new Macbook was forthcoming at the latest WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference), decided to hold off and see what was forthcoming. Not so sure anymore if it was a good idea to wait…
The new Macoook Pro was announced so I admit, I watched the conference keynote…all 2 hours of it. When all was said and done, I started reading through the write-ups of many people smarter than I. The one that always bubbles to the top for me is the teardown over at IFixIt.com They are a no-holds barred, forthright collection of geeks that tear down new gear as soon as is is available, and they delivered big time for me (and you). Check out the full tear-down here.
The nuts and bolts:
Apple Macbook has non-upgradeable RAM, SSD drive, and battery (well, meaning you can’t do it yourself, you have to pay through the nose for Apple folks to do it for you).
Here’s the down-and-dirty from the folks at I Fix it:
MacBook Pro with Retina Display 15″ Mid 2012 Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
As in the MacBook Air, the RAM is soldered to the logic board. Max out at 16GB now, or forever hold your peaceâ€”you can’t upgrade.
The proprietary SSD isn’t upgradeable either (yet), as it is similar but not identical to the one in the Air.
The lithium-polymer battery is glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly.
So, where does that leave me? Running away…just as I did when Dell, HP, and the rest (like Gateway *shudder*) tried to make their market on a proprietary system that prevented any upgrades from the consumer. Apple now also wants to charge a premium for what the others did on the cheap a decade ago. Sorry Apple, but you just lost a customer. of course, not sure how sad they are as we already own 2 iPads, an existing Macbook Pro, and an iPhone 4s (with another likely forthcoming if Tracy gets her birthday wish!)…
In the end…I spent probably 4 hours on the laptop fence, wrote a blog post about it, and the end result is that I am still….”looking at laptops”.
What do others think of the new system? Interested? Want one? Pass? Share your own thoughts in the comments…