Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 02:49 UTC
Apple After a proper teardown, iFixit concludes that the new MacBook Pro has no user-serviceable parts at all, which some think is a really bad thing. I honestly don't know - I mean, my ZenBook isn't particularly user-serviceable either, and my smartphones, tablets, and whatnot are pretty much entirely soldered together as well. What do you guys make of this?
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Baseline models are getting better
by PlunderBunny on Thu 14th Jun 2012 03:30 UTC
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Something I've noticed over the space of almost 20 years of using PCs and Macs: The baseline models are getting more powerful relative to my needs as a developer. I run Windows in a VM in order to use Visual Studio, while also running Mac apps. Whenever I bought a new Mac laptop, I used to have to order (at-least) a fast HD and extra ram, but looking at the specs for the new Retina MacBook Pro, if I bought one today, I wouldn't need to change anything (although the size of the SSD would be a bit tight).
So what I'm saying is that the trend towards less user-serviceable parts is (in part) driven by a decreasing need to replace components (at-least, for the purpose of making a computer more powerful when initially purchased).
Of course, I'm just talking about initial customisation, and that's different from keeping a computer up-to-date by replacing components. I've looked at the bottlenecks for compiling on my current (4.5 year old) MacBook Pro, and it's pretty evenly spread between memory/HD speed and CPU. The former two are upgradable, but the latter isn't, and is never going to be on a laptop. So I'm better off using my laptop for as long as I can with the components it has - even though they are upgradable, there's not much point in me doing so.

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