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The MacBook Pro line just got simpler. Or did it? The 13” model still comes in two flavors, but they’re harder to tell apart—the only clue being the number of ports. Did Apple keep the entry-level model and find room for a Touch Bar somehow, or is this new model a stripped-down version of the existing (expensive) Touch Bar design? Or is it something entirely new? Let’s shake all the parts loose and see what falls out.

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    • Before we get too far, let's take a look at what this model brings to the lineup:

    • 13.3” LED-backlit IPS “Retina” display with 2560 × 1600 resolution (227 dpi), P3 color gamut

    • 1.4 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz) with integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645

    • 8 GB of 2133 MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory

    • 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB PCIe-based SSD

    • Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports supporting charging, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1 Gen 2

    • Apple T2 custom coprocessor

    • Despite looking pretty familiar, this MacBook sports a new model number: A2159, and EMC 3301.

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    • We're pleased the headphone jack is back, even if it is hanging out all by itself. (Two ports plus a headphone jack still feels a bit stingy on a "Pro" machine, right?)

    • By now, the opening procedure is old hat. Dispatching a handful of pentalobe screws and clips lets us peer into a MacBook Pro that looks ... surprisingly similar to the older function key model, actually.

    • The new 58.2 Wh battery capacity slightly exceeds the 54.5 Wh battery found in the old function key model. Maybe that's how it keeps up with the added Touch Bar, Touch ID sensor, and T2 chip while keeping the same 10-hour battery life.

    • It even bests the 58.0 Wh battery in the more expensive 13" model—which has more cores and TDP to power.

    ¿ Hay algún problema si se reemplaza la batería original de 58.wh con una de 54.5wh ? ¿ o no hay problema ?

    electropicmusic - Responder

    • To make room for the Touch ID sensor alongside the Touch Bar, Apple seems to have trimmed a little mass off the heat pipe, left of the exhaust. Compare the 2016 "Function keys" version (top of image) to this year's model (bottom).

    • Should we be worried? Cooling already seemed like it was getting short shrift on these ultra-thin "Pro" laptops. The 15W TDP on this year's processor is no lower than the one from 2016.

    • We twirl away the pancake screw from the battery connector and kill power—with a little help from our Manta driver kit.

    • Where the 2016 model's modular SSD used to live, we peel back a sticker—only to find a soldered-down shield. Unsurprising perhaps, but still disappointing—one of the last upgradeable components on the MacBook Pro line is totally gone.

    It might have been upgradeable but since no third party drive ever came to be, what was the use.

    jridder - Responder

    It looks to me like Apple really don’t want you to ‘play about’ in the innards, hence the glued down parts!

    Paul - Responder

    Any soldering can be desoldered…but that’s easier said than done.

    Sabrina Walter - Responder

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    • The speaker opposite the fan also looks emaciated compared with its 2016 predecessor.

    • Apple's audio engineers are basically wizards, but we're skeptical that even wizards could maintain the same sound quality in a speaker this much smaller.

    • Only a few Torx screws secure these speakers—they're not glued down like on so many other models. Replacement almost couldn't be easier.

    • This modular Thunderbolt breakout board makes for a nice upgrade—last time, these were soldered to the logic board. This new configuration is more akin to the rest of the modern Pro line.

    • A little farther and we're treated to another modular masterpiece: the headphone jack module. It includes the headphone jack, microphone, and Touch ID connector, and can be easily replaced without dragging along an expensive logic board.

    The predecessor was the mid-2017 Function Keys MacBook Pro 13”, not the late-2016 model.

    Slipp D - Responder

    Apparently that headphone jack module has a Hall-effect sensor that is extremely fragile and will be ruined if you touch it. Oh, and the whole assembly is so fragile you’re suppose to replace it every time it gets removed.

    Scott Remick - Responder

    a este modelo se le puede cambiar el ssd? o esta fijo y soldado?

    Seal Garza - Responder

    Fixed and soldered.

    Fijo y soldado.

    Arthur Shi -

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    • Let's lift the logic board and see what it's hiding:

    • Intel SREZ2 Core i5-8257U processor

    • Apple APL1027 339S00604 T2 coprocessor

    • 2x Samsung K4E6E304EC-EGCG 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM (4 GB total on this side)

    • Toshiba TSB 42260 F1473 TWNA1 1914 64 GB flash storage

    • Intel JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller

    • 338S00466-A0 (likely an Apple PMIC)

    The Power IC is not 338S00267-A0, It is 338S00466-A0

    zchenmd - Responder

    You’re right! We’ve made the change. Thank you!

    Craig Lloyd -

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    • And we find even more buried underneath:

    • NXP 80V18 secure NFC module

    • Texas Instruments CD3217B12 and TPS51980B (likely power controllers)

    • 2x Samsung K4E6E304EC-EGCG 2 GB LPDDR3 RAM (for 4 GB on this side, and 8 GB total)

    • Toshiba TSB 42260 F1473 TWNA1 1914 64 GB flash storage (for 128 GB total)

    • Cirrus Logic CS42L83A audio codec

    • Intersil 95828A HRTZ X915HKB and 9240H1 8905FD

    • Murata 1SA 339S00616 SS9521026 Bluetooth/Wi-Fi module

    What is the silkscreen marking on the 2 devices (speaker drivers) at the top right corner of the PCB?

    Bito Zapata - Responder

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    • As for the keyboard, it's the same generation 3.5 butterfly switch design discovered in the earlier MacBook Pro refresh back in May.

    • Just like last time, this brand new MacBook Pro model is already included in Apple's Keyboard Service Program, along with the newly refreshed MacBook Air.

    • It's a little unclear whether Apple expects these keyboards to continue needing repairs, or if this is just their way of reassuring traumatized customers that it's okay to buy.

    • Rumor has it that Apple will soon pull the plug on the butterfly design for good, returning to more reliable scissor switches—so maybe it's a little from column AA, and a little from BB.

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    • We handled this one with a light touch, so that's all for now! We definitely found some surprises in this disfunction-keyed MacBook. Let's recap:

    • The Touch Bar-ification brought a soldered SSD (bad), modular ports (good), a shrunken speaker and heat sink (eh?), and a T2 chip (wildcard).

    • The keyboard gets its updated materials, but is still on the service program list. Like the butterfly, this keyboard design may soon prove ephemeral.

  8. Considerações finais
    • The trackpad can be removed without disturbing the battery.
    • Proprietary pentalobe screws continue to be hostile to repair.
    • The battery assembly is still very solidly glued into the case, complicating replacement of a consumable.
    • Soldered-down RAM limits upgradability and longevity.
    • The SSD is no longer replaceable—but as it was previously a proprietary drive, the newly soldered storage has about the same effect for the average fixer.
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I love how professional these breakdowns have become over the years!

Sterling Bourne - Responder

SSD chips do go bad over time; most vendors recommend total replacement after 240 gigabytes of overwrites per gigabyte of chip. Soldering down the SSD flash chips means these machines need Ball Grid Array rework when reconditioned for resale after lease return. Apple will be doing that rework, so we can maybe assume the ticklish microsurgery doesn't phase them?

Why solder them down in the first place? Because of the T2 chip. T2 is very…possessive of SSD memory.

John Turner - Responder

But apple is not gonna do the repair beyond the warranty, so I don't believe it's a consolation that apple would do that repair when I buy computers to last me a decade. You seem even a bit optimistic about this.

QuincyMB -

I’m very curious about SSD failures over time. Are there are any stats out there? I’m talking about the high quality NAND used in the likes of Apple SSDs and not USB/SD-card failures.

biscuit -

Ya no. Nearly every consumer grade SSD comes with a 5 year warranty (or ~150 TBW per 250 GB). An SSD will last for decades without issue or loss of space. Modern SSDs eclipse traditional HDDs and even those these days can last a good chunk of time (my NAS is purring and it’s HDDs are about 6 years old).

When you say “most vendors” I’m sure you meant to say no one. People have long been crunching theoretical usage patterns in most general consumer usage against SSDs and have figured they’ll last something like 15 years, give or take. Obviously it depends on your usage pattern, but if you wrote 20 GB per day, every day for the life of drive, you’ll hit the manufacturers estimates in ~ 20 years (150 TBW per 250 GB). And that’s the bottom end. So at the bare minimum, with even aggressive usage (45GB a day), you’re likely going to see 10 years, easy. That’s if the drive dies right at 150 TBW/250GB, which is pretty %#*@ unlikely.

Tiem -

@Tiem, you must work for APple as you’re trying to stand proud on false data. That’s Apple marketing style 100%. So..let’s clear the air before your willful misuse of data spreads as ignorance. • 60 to 150 TBW , which takes your 20 yr span and cut is down to about 7. • ..So a SPAN of 7-20 years. • ..I won’t go on about the rest of your abuse of information relay with puffed chest ego writing. • ..SSDs can fail -> making a $40-$100 fix into a $1000 apple repair. (sarcasm with a smile in good fun: … Or am I wrong and it’s a possible death trip to !&&* where Apple swoops in and saves you for $1000 ?) USE FULL & REAL DATA! — Enjoy your week everyone!

sanity inAcone -


Yolo - Responder

Ram, processor bump isn’t that significant. More ram will help it feel snappier after you have more background tasks going.

Seth Arvila -

Both, you can’t decide later on. But if you really are pushed for one, do the RAM, or better still the SSD size.

Charlie Nancarrow -

Totally RAM for sure.

pop -

RAM obviously. Processor is limited by cooling - upgrade to the other 13’ with double cooling fans if you need more CPU performance.

Anton Akusok - Responder

Good overview. A throwaway device should be at throwaway prices. Apple could give these things away if the customer would sign a long term rental agreement for iCloud Drive, Apple Music, and other Apple rental units. I do like the repairability and upgradeability of my 2012 MBP though.

R A Stothart - Responder

Why is there an NFC chip?

Jan Pilar - Responder

How about a complete keyboard replacement due to a liquid damage?

How easy it is to replace it.

Ave Coopman - Responder

I also have a 2012 MBP. What do you recommend to upgrade mine, to increase speed? Mine is very sluggish.

Josée - Responder

339S00616 is more likely to be BCM4361

tre8154 - Responder

People say that the Mac Book Pro is quiet and not hot.

I don’t wonder why. I wonder why do they buy it.

Doing stuff that need less than 7W TDP call for a 7W TDP Atom (or, slightly better, Celeron or i3 or i5). You don’t need this in a expensive, irreparable platform.) Yes it look cool. I would say Microsoft Surface is better (CHEAPER?! seriously, apple.)

Solder-on HARDDRIVE? What the what.

Let’s face it. When your computer broke down (not the connector, not the keyboard, since most often it’s the motherboard), and you are stuck with two soldered on-board chips guarded by T2, I don’t know what you would like to do.

When any other computer broke down you can at least have a chance to visit your harddrive’s contents by pulling it out.

Connect the surface mount chip to another surface mount device to inspect it? Sure. But who will do that?

Xavier Jiang - Responder

Да и вообще SSD на 128 Гб в 2019 году - это просто бред. Apple, WTF?

My MacBook Pro 2011 has 320 Gb!

Mac Blanc -

Reminds me of the inside of an iphone, or ipad Looks as though Apple has applied the success of that technology to their laptop line. Thus making their laptop just another version of that design. It is inevitable that the iPad and Laptop will eventually morph into one as they are coming so close together in operational capability at this point. This appears to confirm that assumption Basically this 2019 macbook pro is nothing more than an iPad design, with external ports and a keyboard. I’m not at all surprised.

Paul Myres - Responder

About the comments concerning the SSD lifetime: I had a Mid-2012 Retina Macbook Pro bought 7 years ago, a few days after it came out. It had the first SSD in a MacBook Pro, the first Retina display and I maxed it out to 16GB RAM. I’ll have to admit that I had my doubts about the longevity of the SSD at the time.

Well that MacBook Pro got used heavily at least 10 hours a day for 7 years until finally the logic board died. I took out the SSD and I’m still using it inside an enclosure, attached via USB to my new Mac!

Surely the SSD technology has improved since 2012? But even if the tech hasn’t improved at all, I can tell you from experience that your MacBook SSD will most likely outlast the usable lifetime of the laptop (or other components).

Scott Lowe - Responder

Completely agree - there was a webpage about an SSD test where 250GB drives were continuously written until they failed. TLDR - every 250GB of SSD provide 25 years of heavy office use (based on actual heaviest office use among the place running an experiment). So a 1TB drive is good for a century of realistic heavy workload. Even with QLC that has 1/3 of an endurance these are ridiculously long life times that only concern Cloud servers and the like.

Anton Akusok -

So this is the Touch Bar version? What about the non touch bar version, does it still have a replaceable SSD for this years model?

Jon Smith - Responder

@gadgetuser The non-Touch Bar version has been reworked into what you see in this teardown—Apple reconfigured it and added a Touch Bar. In other words, all MacBook Pros now come with a Touch Bar. If you want a Touch Bar-less notebook computer new from Apple in 2019, the Retina MacBook Air is your only option.

Jeff Suovanen -

This is why I have abandoned MacBook back in 2014. I don’t see any reason why I should spend my money on the computer that lasts till the first component breakdown. This just proves Apple arrogance and how user unfriendly they have become.

chopperpl - Responder

In my opinion, every claim Apple makes about being environmentally responsible and their products being recyclable is nullified by their continued policy of intentionally engineered obsolescence. Hard soldering in RAM and SSD, and glueing in the battery serves no-one but Apple and since recycling is the least best option compared to repair or re-use, their hypocrisy is staggering. Sure, we like thin products but not that much. Why don’t they try launching a 2mm thicker variant of the MacBook Pro with user replaceable RAM, industry standard SSD and battery, and standard USB ports, then see which one users will end up buying. I for one would certainly prefer to know that my money is buying something that will still be working or repairable in 10 years time rather than the current time-bombs Apple is producing where the SSD and battery WILL fail as the technology is inherently degenerative.

nick - Responder

“…as the technology is inherently degenerative.”

“…glueing in the battery serves no-one but Apple…”

“…recycling is the least best option compared to repair or re-use…”

When you make false statements like that, you can create all kinds of incorrect conclusions. Let me correct you.

SSD life and reliability is better than it has ever been. The same can be said of Li battery life.

Permanently attaching the battery lowers the cost (consumer benfit), prevents shifting (consumer benefit), and allows for more space and thus the maximum size battery / capacity (consumer benefit). It motivates the manufacturer to use batteries of the highest quality, since they know that every user who has to have their battery replaced prematurely results in a negative mark on the company, and potential loss of future sales (qualtiy battery = consumer benefit).

Every item you use goes into a landfill. Recycling puts it into a finite ‘recycling’ loop, but every product eventually leaves that loop and goes into the ground. Think about that.

Great Guy -

How many fan in this model? Previous basic model got only one.

pop - Responder

This model just has one fan. The higher-end MacBook Pro models have two.

Adam O'Camb -

Вот же пидрилы вонючие! 128 Гб! Они серьёзно? WTF??? 2019 год на дворе! Накопитель на всего лишь 128 Гб без возможности замены! Они пидоpacы во всех смыслах этого слова!

Mac Blanc - Responder

does this model feature a data recover port like earlier models with soldered-on SSD's?

Matthew Gardener - Responder

我想看2019款13英寸MacBook Pro 4雷雳口的拆解

季羿臣 - Responder

For all those complaining about upgrades, remember that Macs are targeted towards users who don’t tinker with their systems. They just want something that works out of the box. To that end, the MacBook Pro does that. We use them for our creative department at work; I use them for my IT work. We have a ton of PC laptops too. We service the PC laptops all day. We never touch the Mac laptops, because they just work. We have super old MacBooks that are still serviceable with the OEM components.

Also remember that software is coded for specific hardware. Programmers are not going to create code that’s backward compatible forever, and eventually support gets dropped for older hardware. Typical consumers don’t need a computer that lasts forever. They need, and want, one that works with current applications and fits in with the current trends.

Great Guy - Responder

Any suggestion on mac pro custom built? Looking for one with dual operating system.

Aeron Le - Responder

The previous year macbooks had a major issue where the display connector backlight pin (a high voltage pin) was next to a low voltage pin that goes directly to the CPU (potentially, and historically, frying CPU’s). Did they fix that in this model and stick a ground pin between the two?

Matthew Garcia - Responder

How do you conclude with “trackpad can be removed without disturbing the battery” without any hint about the trackpad throughout the tear down?! There’s literally nothing. You need to add a slide or two about the trackpad.

fixmac - Responder

What about the 4 thunderbolt version? Could you provide a tear down for that version because I know if is very different. There are two fans instead of the one in this one.

John Huynh - Responder

I don´t feel good at all about the fact that the SSD are soldered down on my MBP Touch Bar. People say that the SSD will outlast the computer anyway, but i mean surely an SSD can go bad at any point i guess? You have all kinds of health parameters like bad block count, retired block count, uncorrectable error count, etc. etc. I dont want to start to see the numbers on those parameters getting higher and higher on my soldered down SSD.

And on my MBP 2011 where i have installed an SATA SSD, i averaged about 30GB writes per day, only from computer processes, without me writing to the disk.

What are the solutions for a failed SSD which is soldered down, can it even be replaced by anybody else than Apple? Im thinking about the fact that the T1/T2 chip seems to be involved with the SSD?

And how much does Apple charge for the job of replacing an SSD?

Jon Smith - Responder

But where 128gb ssd ????

Raul Gonzalez - Responder

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