Apple's latest MacBook Pro models will leave a number of key components inaccessible and irreplaceable in the event of a hardware failure, say researchers.
Early teardown studies from research and instruction firm iFixit have found that Apple engineers have left a number of key components in the Retina display notebooks blocked off from access without the use of specialised tools or severe damage to other components of the notebook.
Revealed earlier this week at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC,) the MacBook Pro models are the latest update for Apple's high-end enterprise and creative professional notebook line.
Along with a higher storage capacity and the latest Intel Core processors, the MacBook Pro is the first notebook from Apple to offer the high-resolution Retina display previously offered in the iPhone and iPad.
Apple has long-maintained that users and administrators should not attempt to fix their notebook or update any components and return the device to the company or an authorised service provider for any repairs or upgrades.
According to early reports from iFixit, the latest MacBook Pros will virtually assure that users have no choice but to follow the company's instructions.
The company found that a number of key components, including the MacBook's battery pack, power supply and display were fused into the device's casing, preventing users from accessing or replacing the components.
Additionally, researchers found that Apple's motherboard designed left both the on-board memory and solid state drive impossible to replace, while other components were affixed with a proprietary type of screw which could only be removed with Apple-supplied hardware.
Overall, the site found that the MacBook Pro was worthy of its lowest "fixability" grade, one out of a possible 10 points.
Apple has long been at odds with hobbyist users when it comes to hacking and fixing its devices at home. The company has for years had a contentious relationship with the practice of jailbreaking its devices and many Apple products require specialised tools and a skilled hand to open and repair.
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