The star of Apple’s Keynote was always going to be their Watch collection but they also made some serious updates to their popular MacBook Pro 13”. The generous and gifted folks over at iFixit got their paws on one and tore it down so we could see just exactly what was done. Let’s check it out!
To the naked eye Apple hasn’t changed a thing about the MacBook Pro 13” but that isn’t the case here. Apple does what Apple does best and that is make incremental improvements and bombard onlookers with all sorts of stats about them.
Stats like Apple’s thinnest Retina display ever, at .88 millimeters thick and newly designed “butterfly” keys that allow the keys to be 17% bigger while reducing the whole assembly thickness by 40%. Apple even redesigned the pixels to allow more light thorough so they could make the backlighting as efficient as possible.
The improvements aren’t just skin deep on the MacBook Pro, there is also a new logic board that frees up internal space by being 67% smaller so that a new tiered battery design can deliver up to 35% more juice! That sexy little logic board just happens to house some excitement of its own. Included on the front side are as follows: an Intel SR26K Dual-Core i5-5257U Processor with Intel Iris Graphics 6100, SK Hynix H9CCNNNBLTALAR LPDDR-SDRAM, Cirrus 4208-CRZ Two-Channel Low Power HD Audio Codec and a Intel DSL5520 Thunderbolt 2 Controller.
The backside of the new and improved logic board also has a few tasty bits that include a SK Hynix H5TC4G63AFR 4 Gb (512 MB) DDR3 SDRAM, Texas Instruments/Stellaris LM4FS1EH SMC controller and Broadcom BCM15700A2 wireless chip set.
All of these improvements lead to a smaller, lighter laptop to lug around which is always a welcome change. Just remember that it also means they are incredibly difficult to repair when dropped! Prices start at $1299 on Apple’s online store and various retailers.