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With the announcement of the latest three new MacBooks, there’s been a lot of confusion everywhere over which model you should pick up, especially since there’s a lot of differences between each one. iFixit has taken it upon themselves to investigate the MacBook Pro 15″ Touch Bar model, or the creme de la creme of the current MacBook selection.
The team has introduced yet another full teardown of Apple’s current Cadillac model of MacBooks, It’s a pleasure to take a look at this new tech reduced to its most base of components, and even a little cathartic to think they dove right into a brand new expensive little bugger like this so see what makes it tick.
For starters, the MacBook Pro 15″ has over a million pixels more than the previous 13″ models the site has torn down, along with a 15.4″ LED-backlit Retina display with 2880 × 1800 resolution and 2.6 GHz Skylake quad-core Intel Core i7. In short, this is a powerhouse of a MacBook with plenty of reasons for you to pick it up if you’re interested in jumping on the bandwagon.
The size, in comparison to the 13″ MacBook Pro, at least as far as thickness goes, is nearly identical. Inside it seems as though it’s like a “scaled up’ version of the smaller version with tiny differences in the way the batteries are laid out inside. The enormous touch pad requires an additional touch controller, but nothing too special there.
Once again, the Touch Bar is a difficult to replace screen that you could damage if you delve into the MacBook without knowing much about what you’re doing. Since the Touch ID sensor also doubles as the power switch and is paired with the T1 chip on the logic board, you basically need Apple’s assistance to repair. This isn’t something you’ll want to jump into to fix yourself. Take it from us.
In short, the upgraded MacBook Pro packs the extra battery power, screen size and more but it also contains several components that are equally difficult for layman tech enthusiasts to replace. If you opt for picking one up and you run into problems, you’re definitely going to be better served taking it in for repairs and letting Apple handle it.