Today, iFixit answered some of those early questions in its teardown of the new MacBook, revealing a few unsurprising details of the base model MacBook, which includes a 1.1GHz processor, 12-inch Retina display, 256GB of flash storage and Intel HD Graphics 5300. What the company did find that was surprising was a battery connector hidden under the logic board, just one of a few internal comparisons to Apple’s iPad line made with the new MacBook.

…Finally emerging from the MacBook’s innards, the company discovered a 7.55 V, 39.71 Wh, and 5263 mAh battery, what iFixit calls “just a hair more” powerful than this year’s 5100 mAh 11-inch MacBook Air.

…All of iFixit’s breakdown resulted in a repairability score of 1 out of 10 for the new MacBook, a 10 being easiest to repair. The company points to Apple’s proprietary pentalobe screws surrounding the outside case, the tricky-to-remove tapered batteries, and the processor, RAM, and flash memory being soldered to the double-sided logic board as main reasons for the score.

…In what sense do the pentalobe screws constitute a “lockout” mechanism, given that iFixit sells compatible screwdrivers, and there are dozens available from places like Amazon?

…Do you have a source that states this is the fee that Apple will charge to replace the battery in the retina MacBook?

…Do you have a source that states this is the fee that Apple will charge to replace the battery in the retina MacBook?

…In what sense do the pentalobe screws constitute a “lockout” mechanism, given that iFixit sells compatible screwdrivers, and there are dozens available from places like Amazon?

…I don’t think their mention of proprietary pentalobe screws is intended to mean that you can’t obtain a tool to open the new MB. iFixit is just trying to provide its readers and customers with as much information as possible, and I applaud them for that.

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