Apple 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown shows off Magic Keyboard
The new laptop keyboard is "dramatically better," iFixit says.
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Before the new 16-inch model, the 2012 MacBook Pro was the last "truly repairable" model of the laptop, according to iFixit. The video shows the key caps coming off easily, more space between the keys and a "dramatically better keyboard."
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There's even a dot pattern on the backlighting behind the keys instead of a single LED, with Apple creating what iFixit called "light pipes" so individual pinpoints of light shine through the keys.
The Magic keyboard is less impressive on the inside, however, iFixit said in its full teardown of the new Apple laptop published Monday. As a result, it gave the MacBook a repairability score of just 1/10.
"Though the switches are likely less vulnerable to crumbly assailants, the keyboard itself isn't any more repairable than the Butterfly boards," iFixit said. "The keyboard assembly is riveted down ... we've got a new keyboard married to a non-serviceable design."
The MacBook Pro's display hinge has also changed; it now has a matte look to the Touch ID and power button; and the Touch Bar is shorter than the previous model by around 19mm, according to iFixit. It also has bigger exhaust holes and larger blades on the fans, meaning it pushes 28% more air through, the teardown said.
Originally published Nov. 15. Update, Nov. 18: Adds more detail from full teardown.