We're going a bit teardown-crazy over here, but that's expected — everyone's trying to release their products just in time for Christmas. Today we have a tale of two MacBook Pro Retina teardowns: a 13" and a 15" variant. Up first is the 15" model, which is essentially the 2012 unit with a couple of performance upgrades. We did a "quick-n-dirty" teardown on that machine, since very little changed in 2013. It scored the same terrible 1 out of 10 repairability.
Note that this is now your only 15" option; Apple stopped selling the non-Retina 15" MacBook Pro.
Here's the teardown goods for all to see.
MacBook Pro 15" Retina Display Highlights:
* The 15" Retina now has a PCIe-based SSD instead of the mSATA drive of yesteryear. The new Samsung-based SSD contains the following ICs:
- Samsung K4P4G324EB-FGC2 512 MB Mobile DRAM
- Samsung S4LNO53X01-8030 SSD Controller
- Samsung K9HFGY8S5C 32 GB NAND Flash Modules (8 chips for 256 GB total)
* One of the few differences: It now has a sleekified heat sink with just a single thermal pad, thanks to the more closely integrated GPU — which we attribute to the "Haswellification" process, as we call it.
* Apple added a new AirPort card that supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi.The Broadcom BCM4360 on this AirPort card enables operation on the 5 GHz band at speeds up to 1.3 Gbps, while a Broadcom BCM20702 Bluetooth 4.0 Processor gets Bluetoothy things done for your convenience. Also in residence are a pair of Skyworks SE5516 dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WLAN front-end modules.
* Some noteworthy revisions come on the logic board, including the all-new Haswell Core i7 processor, Iris Pro Graphics, and Thunderbolt 2 support:
- 2.0 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz) with 6 MB shared L3 cache
- Intel Iris Pro Graphics
- Elpida J4208EFBG 512 MB DDR3 SDRAM (16 chips for 8 GB total)
- Intel DSL5520 Thunderbolt 2 Controller
- Platform Controller Hub
- Cirrus 4208-CRZ Audio Codec, similar to Cirrus CS4207