A recent report by the folks over at BGR discussing complaints from device repair experts who work for iFixit has brought some issues with the MacBook Pro 2012 model into the limelight. Apparently, this device, despite its wonderful specs and features, is a complete nightmare when anything goes wrong. The experts have in fact said that the new MacBook Pro Retina scores a shocking 1 out of 10 for ‘repairability’, showing it as one of the worst devices on the market with regards to ability to repair.
MacBook Pro 2012 dubbed worst devices on the market for repairability
Reasons for this, as said by these independent device repair workers, include (but are not limited to) the following: You are unable to get to the items inside the MacBook that you need to reach in order to repair it, because of its proprietary pentalobe screws; The battery is glued rather than screwed into the case, which increases the chances that it’ll break during disassembly; The RAM is reportedly soldered to the logic board; and as yet, you are unable to upgrade the proprietary SSD.
So if plan to own one of the new MacBook Pro 2012 models and are having any electronic trouble with the device, make sure you avoid at all costs the temptation to crack it open yourself to try and fix it, even if you do think you have some expertise in the area!
On a side note, our recent MacBook Pro Retina review story concluded that the best model for general consumers to purchase would be the 2.3GHz variant. Additionally, there appears to be a shortage of stock for only the Retina Display packing MacBook Pro 2012 models.