Unlike most long-term Apple customers, I was disappointed by the new Apple MacBook Pro models with the retina screens. Apple has been moving its consumer products to an appliance model where the products have little to no user serviceable parts. Professional equipment in comparison allows a certain amout of configuration and upgrading such as replacing a hard drive, switching out a battery or upgrading the available memory.

When Apple moved to the unibody MacBook Pros Apple reassured the community that it would make replacement of the buit-in batteries cost effective. The latest models now have batteries that are glued in place so it would require replacement by Apple. (It also dents the computer manufacturer’s claims about the environmental friendliness of its device). You can’t upgrade the RAM because it is soldered in.

The flash memory for the solid state drive are proprietary components rather than an ‘off-the-shelf’ drive.

The screen is now a one-piece unit so if you have a road-warrior accident, its likely to cost even more to replace.

What you end up is a device that is ‘Pro’ in price, but not in terms of design. It is likely to drive up the total cost of ownership for businesses and consumers.

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MacBook Pro with Retina Display Teardown – iFixit

Archived here from a blog that I used to write for PR Week.