Apple‘s newly announced MacBook Pro, available for $2199, has already got Apple aficionados drooling. But before you part with your money in exchange for the latest and greatest from the trail blazer in everything tech known to man, you might want to be aware of this: you cannot upgrade parts of the box and it’s also the “least-repairable!”
According to Computerworld, citing an email from iFixit, “The new MacBook Pro is virtually non-upgradeable — making it the first MacBook Pro that will be unable to adapt to future advances in memory and storage technology. The teardown revealed that Apple used many of the same assembly techniques as it does with the self-contained and virtually un-upgradeable MacBook Air, including proprietary screws, copious amounts of glue, expensive parts — the screen in particular — that must be completely replaced even after the smallest failure, and fused components that will likely break when a neighboring part must be removed.”
Basically, you order the MBP with the amount of memory and storage you require. Trying to do that after purchase will be analogous to the camel going through the eye of the needle. The reason for such restricted hardware is simply in line with Apple’s whole strategy of breaking whole products into individual components, a move that quickly adds up for you the buyer, financially. It’s little wonder actually, seeing that the MBP does not come with an ethernet port and optical drive, both available as extra add ons from…guess where.
So before committing funds to the shiny all trail blazing, retina-display MBP, you might want to know that: You cannot upgrade the memory or storage(at least for now) after purchase, limiting your chances of having a future proof box, at least for the foreseeable one.