iFixit has posted a teardown of the new non-Retina Display MacBook Pro finding it “way more repairable and upgradeable than its sleeker-looking sibling.”
● The battery is exactly the same as last year’s model-77.5 Wh at 10.95 V.
● Standard Phillips screws secure the 500 GB Toshiba hard drive
● The 2.5″ SATA drive in this MacBook Pro is almost three times thicker than the propietary SSD in the MacBook Pro with Retina display: 9.45 mm compared to 3.16 mm, respectively.
● While you can only configure your MacBook Pro with up to 8 GB of RAM from Apple, you can install up to 16 GB yourself with no issues.
● Unlike its cousins, the 2012 MacBook Pro does not have irregularly-spaced fan blades. Just boring old fans in here.
Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).
● Easily removable bottom panel and readily accessible battery, optical drive, hard drive, fans, and RAM.
● Standard screws were used for all components, save for the battery.
● Significant amounts of thermal paste may be a pain in later repairs.
● Tri-wing screws on the battery require a specialty driver that an average user may not have.
● LCD replacement is still the most difficult repair. Inexperienced (and even experienced) technicians may shatter the glass during repair.