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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RE[2]: should be made clearer
by clasqm on Fri 15th Jun 2012 07:49 UTC in reply to "RE: should be made clearer"
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Where you live, devnet, can you still buy cars with carburettors? How about points & condensors? Do they still come with hand cranks? Or do you drive a car with electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition and an electric starter just like everybody else? None of which is user-serviceable unless you have degrees in electrical engineering.

In fact, you DO have to take your Ford in to a Ford dealer for a service if you need anything more than an oil change and new spark plugs. The VW dealer won't have the correct diagnostic machine to connect to the electrics and exhaust pipe.

Anybody fix their own refrigerator when it packs up? Install your own TV cable? Grow all your own food? One out of three, maybe.

No doubt anyone who is sufficiently motivated can learn to do any ONE of those things. Just as we have taken the trouble to learn how computers fit together. But for every one of us, there are a thousand customers out there who don't care, who just want something they can switch on. And that's where the money is.

The amazing thing is how long it has taken for the computer industry to catch up with the rest of the world. Apple is ahead of the curve: five years from now, all computers will be built this way. Enjoy being able to tinker with your machines. It won't be much longer.

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