iFixit Teardown 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display



Although it might expect that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display screen will be a shrunk version of the 15-inch model, it’s been shows that Apple at various point has changed the new device, even the internal battery cells has changed its location . By moving the battery in the 13-inch model Mac, Apple also the SSD can hide under where the trackpad is found. Another remarkable fact was that Apple even has space left next to the SSD, which normally never happens when an Apple product.

According to  iFixit has tried a 9.5 mm thick Crucial SSD in this space to post, but it was simply not possible to close the space. The repair experts expect, however, that there is a 5mm or 7mm hard disk can be placed in this space, so it is not inconceivable that this space could be used for the new Fusion Drive both an SSD and hard disk can combine.


The operating system and the applications with the Fusion Drive SSD installed, while documents and other data on the hard disk can be stored. Just as the 15-inch model is the 13-inch model comes with a Samsung SSD MZ-DPC2560/0A2 with 256GB of storage capacity.

Further dismantling of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display showed the same AirPort card is used in the 15-inch model was found, and also the heatsink shrunk to fit in the smaller MacBook.

The memory is unfortunately not replaceable again, because the RAM on the logic board (motherboard) soldered. This also means that the Retina MacBook Pro can not be equipped with more than 8GB of memory. It was remarkable to see a flash memory chip on the trackpad was confirmed, even iFixit do not know why a trackpad flash memory on board must have.


These are the chips within the thirteen-inch MacBook with Retina show are discovered  via iFixit:

  • Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5 GHz
  • Intel BD82QS77
  • Intel DSL3510L
  • Texas Units Stellaris LM4FS1AH
  • USB2512B SMSC USB 2.zero Cypress Semiconductor CY8C24794-24L
  • Maxim MAX15119
  • Cirrus Audio 4206BCNZ
  • Texas Gadgets TPS 51980

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