Are the 2016 wimpy-retention ThunderBolt-3 ports still replaceable?
I have a 2016 high-end 13-inch MacBook Pro (3.3 GHz i7, four Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports).
Rather early, all four USB-C ports had their mechanical retention loosen up. They still make full electrical contact (both charging and data), so far as I can tell, when a cable's plug is fully in, but the cable plugs tend to slip halfway out with little or no provocation, a PITA when you think you’re charging and aren’t, or when you’re doing a backup and get informed that you’ve removed the disc without ejecting it.
I was told, early on, that the replacement of these wimpy sockets was a warranty repair with redesigned ports available to be swapped in. But I lived too far from an Apple shop and depended too heavily on the machine to do without it for as long as it’d take me to get back to the shop. Now, not only am I obviously out of Apple care but they tell me that even for a price, the repair parts are NLA.
Is this also true via iFixit? If the ports are soldered down so it’s a motherboard swap, then I guess I’m SOL. OTOH if there are compatible modular replacements to be had, I’d be interested.
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