Over at OWC, they not only received their 15″ MacBook Pro, they took photos of its immediate disassembly. The photos reveal some interesting design changes that are worthy of note. Anyone who’s ever disassembled their 12″ or 15″ PowerBook know what it’s like to keep the screws straight. They also know what it’s like to curse Apple, Jonathan Ive, their own mothers for giving birth to them, and any manner of other inanimate objects nearby. Because taking apart a PowerBook to replace a cooked HD is Painful. I know, I bear a cut on my right index finger from doing one last week.
Looking at the MacBook, though, they seem to have simplified the design a bit. Three screws on either side, that’s the same, but that’s about all that’s the same. Beneath the battery are three screws that hold in the RAM access coverplate, which in turn reveals two torx screws that secure the top cover in place. Take out those, the four screws on the bottom, and the three on either side, and we’re looking at 15 screws instead of 20 to get inside. Except, wait, it gets better. The whole lid just appears to unlock and swivel upward, instead of needing to remove the keyboard (and the 12 screws that requires) to unlock the top plate, the whole lid come off. Now, this may well be the case with the Aluminum PowerBooks with the lit keyboards, but I’m not real sure.
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Once the top flap was up, I pointed the pictures to my hardware expert, John Hart at MacUpgrades. He pointed out the locking clamps on the front case edge, in front of the optical drive and the hard drive, the lack of which made getting the Aluminum PowerBooks back together a bit of a pain, and some never would fit right again. He also pointed out the new speaker assembly on the left, which is nestled into the left blower fan, and set under the backlight sensor and over the DC In Board. That could well be an issue, especially if MagSafe isn’t as good as they say. That repair could become more of a gigantic pain than it is currently.
Overall, it appears that Apple’s Design philosophy hasn’t changed significantly from the last round of Aluminum PowerBooks. The constants are still in place, and the world hasn’t ended with an Intel chip switch. Very interesting, though, to see some of the changes to the guts of the MacBook to make it easier to get into.