Teardown of MacBook Pro’s Retina display shows off ‘engineering marvel’

“A disassembly of the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display has revealed Apple’s impressive design for the high-resolution screen, featuring a glass-free front that allows the screen to be thinner than its predecessor,” AppleInsider reports.

“The 15-inch Retina display on the new MacBook Pro was carefully taken apart by repair company iFixit, which declared the screen an ‘engineering marvel,'” AppleInsider reports. “As it did in its teardown of the full Retina display MacBook Pro computer, iFixit lamented that the Retina display itself is not suitable for repair by third-party companies such as itself.”

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  1. I’m sure Apple will be devastated by the loss of sales from all those people who have previously replaced their screens and who will now refuse to buy one of these.

    1. How much would you expect a screen replacement for a $2200 notebook to be… $200? I wouldn’t even expect to replace the screen on a $500 notebook for that kind of money.

      Purchase AppleCare and trade or sell your Apple products before the warranty expires if you don’t like the price of replacement parts.

      1. I was being sarcastic. iFixit have been moaning that this new MacBook and the iPad are bad for customer because they can’t be upgraded or replaced – as if huge numbers of the public do that. The fact is, people want small, powerful devices and couldn’t care less if they can upgrade them themselves – that’s why people are buying them and not sticking to large unwieldy units that they may be able to pay money to fix many years down the line.

  2. from ifixit:

    Step 7
    Q: What happens when you hand over a groundbreaking notebook display to a group of careful, highly trained technicians?
    A: They break it.

  3. I remember the day I cracked open my first Intel MacBook Pro for repair. Looking at the carefully convoluted components and connective constituents I got an instant sinking sadness that Apple’s designs were going beyond the capability of the simple techy repair shop. As @comptekki pointed out, it was now too easy to BREAK IT if you weren’t crafty and careful. T’weren’t no clunkity-junkity, slapped together PC laptop. This was a device that required something approaching surgical skill.

    And here we are ten years later with the MacBook Pro approaching the status of living tissue. Next year their repair will require a sterile operating room, gloves and face masks.

    “Nurse! Hand me the number 12 Spudger please.” 😉

  4. Genius, or Avarice?

    I use to be able to buy the 15″ MBP with the standard spec’s and upgrade it on my own for a faction of the cost. I could buy a 512 GB SSD for around $300 oppose to the $900 Apple wants. I could also upgrade my own RAM to max it out at 16GB for less than $100, while Apple wants almost $300 to do the same.

    So thats $600 more for upgrades I could do myself…

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