iFixit tears down the new MacBook Pro’s Retina display, finds a minor marvel of engineering
We’ve already seen them go to town on the body of the MacBook Pro with Retina display, but the staffers at iFixit have seen fit to disassemble the 2880 x 1800 panel at the heart of the new beast. As they’ve since found out, it takes no less than a rethink of LCD construction to make that kind of resolution work in a laptop screen that’s thinner than its ancestor.
The unibody aluminum casing acts as the frame for the display, and the LCD becomes its own front glass; even the wireless antennas are threaded through the hinges to eke out that last drop of space. Combined, Apple’s part layouts do make repair near-impossible — the teardown gurus at iFixit ended up cracking the glass despite their knowledge.
The team is nonetheless a little more forgiving on the lack of repairability here than with the computer underneath, noting that something had to give for Apple to have its high-resolution cake and eat it too. That just won’t be much of a consolation if your MacBook Pro faceplants and requires a whole LCD swap.
SOURCE via iFixit