MacBook Pro 2022 – Complete Tear-Down Guide
Apple unveiled the MacBook Pro 2022 with a M2 chip in this year’s edition of the WWDC event, which was held in Apple’s HQ in California. But to say that it is a brand new offering – different from the MacBook Pro with an M1 processor – is quite an understatement if Apple geeks and fanatics are to be believed.
We read the official tear-down report from the top draw last month and it seems Apple has served us leftovers from the last time around and yet we can simply do very little about it. But without wasting much more time debating what simply is null and void, let us quickly start with the dissection of this beast. So here is the tear-down for the M2-powered MacBook Pro 2022.
Note: understand that the MacBook Pro teardown is a personal verdict that presents the common verdict. It should not be considered the final word nor taken against interests.
M2-Powered MacBook Pro 2022 – First Look
As per the unboxing and reveal clips, the MacBook Pro 2022 is similar to the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2021 model which had the power of the M1 chip. This basically gives you the same mic, speakers, web camera, and of course the same display.
What’s shocking is that even the bottom panel, or chassis, of the MacBook, is the same as the MacBook Pro M1 processor 2020 version. While it is never in good faith to be too critical of an upcoming technology here Apple has done the unthinkable by replacing the 2020 stickers with brand new MacBook Pro 2022 stickers and yet couldn’t be smooth about the whole process.
Thanks to the MacBook Pro teardowns in the past we’re able to spot similarities, which are more than what people expected given the change in the M1 chip from inside.
These were the similarities – when it comes to the SSD segment, the MacBook Pro 2022 takes a hit as the NAND chips (from 2 in the 2020 version) have been reduced to just one in the newer model.
Opening The Back of the MacBook Pro – Is It Repairable?
Moving to the MacBook Pro back, it can be seen that Apple has changed some of the chips, but the position remains similar to the 2020 MacBook Pro. The heat sink has squared corners from what used to be a rectangle-shaped sink, but it doesn’t affect the performance in any way.
But while we try to open and do justice to the MacBook Pro teardown, it is clear that Apple doesn’t want you to go to third-party repairs. And that is becoming an obsession as time progresses. More on that in the second half of this segment. First, let us come to the removal of the logic board and other complications in the new MacBook Pro 2022.
Remember one thing before you ask yourself ‘how to open the back of the MacBook Pro?’, when you remove the logic board – it is a) very delicate and b) a slight movement can damage it completely. You’ve been warned. Tread with care when you’re in the M2 logic board territory. You cannot use the M2 logic board with the MacBook Pro M1 processor version as the built-in keyboard and trackpad won’t function despite fitting in nicely like a glove.
Coming to MacBook Repairs, Apple has been intentionally trying to ward off their customers from the circle of affordable third-party replacements in comparison to Apple’s costly replacement charges.
For example: even if there is a damaged trackpad, the SoC of the new laptop has the serial number for the concerned damaged part or trackpad. What does that mean? That you will have to change the entire display for a small error to be fixed! Smh!
Comic relief comes from the Apple Replacement Program promise, which will include original parts for the MacBook Pro 2022 version with the M2 chip.
Difference From the M1-Powered MacBook Pro 2021
The M2-powered MacBook Pro 2022 is not a flagship device by any means. Secondly, with only a few countable differences it is downright better to wait for the updated version of the MacBook Pro 2020 that might be on its way pretty soon.
Why the M1 feels faster compared to the M2 is a question Apple might answer when they come out with the new updated devices but surely the M2 air does its job with the provision of 24GB RAM variants. The predecessors only had the 8GB and 16GB variants available.
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