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Apple Doesn't Trust Owners of the New MacBook Pro

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Apple’s (AAPL) machines have always been more difficult for the casual user to take apart and modify than, say, ones running Windows (MSFT). This trend only seems to have intensified over the past few years: Unlike many devices that run Android (GOOG), the iPhone doesn’t even have a removable battery. (Though others, like the Motorola's RAZR MAXX and Nokia's (NOK) Lumia 900, also have non-removable batteries.)

Well, Cupertino seems to have one-upped itself again with its latest MacBook. According to early reports, it’s the most difficult Apple computer to take apart yet. reports that initial attempts to take apart Apple’s new Retina MacBook Pro have yielded the lowest possible scores for user repair potential. The new computer is smaller than previous Apple devices, a factor that contributed to its inaccessibility.

Apparently, the trouble starts at the beginning, with the company’s “pentalobe” screws. This is the first time the pentalobe has been used on a MacBook, though they’ve been used in iPhones since the iPhone 4. They require a special screwdriver to remove.

The RAM has been soldered to the logic board, preventing user upgrades after a machine has been purchased. Currently, the Pro comes with 8GB standard and can be upgraded to 16GB.

Most of the new computer is taken up by battery packs, which are glued in place. The battery sits on top of part of the trackpad cable.

Finally, the display is designed in such a way that the whole thing will probably have to be replaced if anything goes wrong. Sounds like a bit of a hassle.

Now, it should be pointed out that the new MacBook Pro has met with reviews that, even for Apple, border on the absurd. One reviewer reacts with shock at how terrible her (six-month) old machine looks in comparison.

PC World has collected a few more highlights from early reviews. Basically, the machine sounds great, looks great, and feels great. It won’t fit your old power adapters though.

Ultimately, it’s up to consumers to decide how much modding their computer matters before they make a purchase. Fair warning, you probably won’t be able to do that to the new Retina MacBook Pro.

(See also: Apple Switches iPhone Screws, Screws Modders and Apple to Make Your Docking Accessories Obsolete)
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