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Teardown of new MacBook Pro shows it's hard to fix

iFixit pulled the Touch Bar off the latest MacBook and found very few replaceable parts.


The inside of the MacBook Pro.


Apple last month slimmed down its MacBook Pro lineup and added a dynamic Touch Bar to the keyboard, ridding itself of the function keys and allowing for more creative keyboard functionality. We generally liked the result of the changes in our review, but according to a report by iFixit, they come at a cost.

iFixit opened up Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar, and found it harder to repair than ever, with few easily replaceable parts. Hopefully, you won't want to swap out your battery or upgrade your MacBook's memory -- both are soldered or glued in place.

Strangely, iFixit also discovered the speaker grilles on the laptop are ornamental -- the speakers themselves don't actually line up with them but project sound through the side air vents.

As for the Touch Bar itself -- iFixit called it a "second, difficult to replace, screen to damage."

Apple did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.