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Today, we choose. If we choose the Retina display over the existing MacBook Pro, the next generation of Mac laptops will likely be less repairable still. When that happens, we won’t be able to blame Apple. We’ll have to blame ourselves.
The new MacBook Pro Retina is almost impossible to repair. Interesting review with good points in the end.
I think that Apple did not intentionally make it hard to repair. While they hate people tinkering with it, I believe to fit all of that inside, they had to glue the ram to the circuit board and make those other trade-offs.
Furthermore it is nothing new for Apple: They always have created products which were not meant to be changeable for the customer, thus repairable. The argument is quite old, though.
This might sound scary to nerds like us, but the end-customer merely needs the possibility to change parts himself. Using a MacBook for 4 years without upgrading RAM or changing the battery is normal for most customers.
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