#MacBookPro #Laptop – Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar teardown reveals speaker grilles are only cosmetic, Touch Bar is hard to replace : With the new MacBook Pro now shipping to customers, iFixit have got their hands on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and have disassembled it and completed their usual teardown.
There are quite a few differences between this model and the cheaper 13-inch 2016 MacBook Pro that retains traditional keys; teardown for that model here. Much of the internal component layout has been adjusted to accommodate the inclusion of the Touch Bar.
Apple’s latest laptop scores just 1/10 for repairability as Touch Bar is difficult to replace and the battery is glued into the case. Interestingly, the new speaker grilles on the 13-inch model appear to serve no function and are purely cosmetic
The new 2016 MacBook Pro’s do feature better speakers but the grilles on the left and right of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar do not seem to help in any way. As shown in the photos, the speakers are indicated in orange and the grills are indicated in red.
The speakers are in the lower half of the case whereas the grilles are situated above. iFixit says the grille doesn’t even go clear through the case which leads them to believe the grilles are purely cosmetic. It appears the new speakers push their improved sound through the vents on the side of the machine.
Like the cheaper 13-inch, the trackpad (2x larger than the previous model) is easily replaceable as it slides out after removing ten accessible screws. It also appears that the trackpad component is identical in both 13-inch 2016 laptops which means there should be plentiful quantities of replacement parts.