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It has been just over a year since Apple unveiled its first update to the Retina Macbook. A year later we hold the same computer second update. Join us as we teardown the 2017 Retina Macbook to try and determine where exactly Apple thinks differently.

If non-drastic updates are your thing, make sure to check out the 2017 Macbook Pro Touch Bar teardown.

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Questo smontaggio non è una guida di riparazione. Per riparare il tuo Retina MacBook 2017, usa il nostro manuale di assistenza.

  1. We check out the Space Gray specification bump and see what this year's MacBook has to offer: 12-inch 2304 × 1440 (226 ppi) IPS Retina Display
    • We check out the Space Gray specification bump and see what this year's MacBook has to offer:

    • 12-inch 2304 × 1440 (226 ppi) IPS Retina Display

    • 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.0 GHz)

    • 8 GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM

    • 256 GB PCIe-based SSD

    • Intel HD Graphics 615

    • 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2

    • A single USB-C port and 3.5 mm headphone jack

  2. The larger trackpad. The USB 3 port.  The  lone microphone jack. Why does this all feel so familiar? The new MacBook has model number A1534. Oh, so does the 2016 Retina MacBook. Don't forget the 2015 MacBook either. They are all the same... Can we just use last year's teardown and call it a day?
    • The larger trackpad. The USB 3 port. The lone microphone jack. Why does this all feel so familiar?

    • The new MacBook has model number A1534. Oh, so does the 2016 Retina MacBook. Don't forget the 2015 MacBook either. They are all the same...

    • Can we just use last year's teardown and call it a day?

    • Okay, so the EMC number is a fresh 3099. Something must be different. The investigation continues!

  3. Removing some Pentalobe screws allows us to get a peek at this MacBook's internals. The silicon buried underneath the trackpad doesn't appear to be any different from last year's MacBook. We find a handful of ICs:
    • Removing some Pentalobe screws allows us to get a peek at this MacBook's internals.

    • The silicon buried underneath the trackpad doesn't appear to be any different from last year's MacBook. We find a handful of ICs:

    • Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller

    • STMicroelectronics STM32F103 32-Bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller

    • Monolithic Power Systems MP24830 white LED backlight driver and an International Rectifier IRFH3702 single N-channel HEXFET power MOSFET (likely for driving keyboard backlight LEDs)

    • Texas Instruments TMP421 temperature sensor and Bosch Sensortec BMA282 accelerometer

    • Macronix MX25L2006E 2 MB Serial NOR Flash

    • Maxim Integrated MAX11290 24-bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (likely)

  4. Last year we noted that Apple moved away from its inclusion of a tri-point screw in the MacBook and replaced it with a Phillips screw. Tinkerers and repairers can rejoice! Even though we saw a barrage of tri-point screws in the iPhone 7, we still see the Phillips screw standing strong. Although we were armed with our 64 Bit Driver Kit and prepared for any pesky tri-point screws, it is always a relief to see the repair friendly Phillips screw.
    • Last year we noted that Apple moved away from its inclusion of a tri-point screw in the MacBook and replaced it with a Phillips screw.

    • Tinkerers and repairers can rejoice! Even though we saw a barrage of tri-point screws in the iPhone 7, we still see the Phillips screw standing strong.

    • Although we were armed with our 64 Bit Driver Kit and prepared for any pesky tri-point screws, it is always a relief to see the repair friendly Phillips screw.

    • More of the same is always good when it comes to repair. It is not so good when it comes to permanent, soldered components. To the logic board we go!

    • ...But not before we isolate that battery to safely depower the system. Speaking of which, this year's battery exactly matches last year's 41.41 Wh juice box.

  5. We finally stumble across some subtle differences in the chipset:
    • We finally stumble across some subtle differences in the chipset:

    • Intel SR346 Intel Core m3-7Y32 Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz)

    • Toshiba TH58XGT0JFLLDVK 128 GB NAND Flash (+ 128 GB on the reverse side for a total of 256 GB)

    • SK Hynix H5TC4G63CFR 4GB DDR3 SDRAM

    • Universal Scientific Industrial 339S0251 Wi-Fi module

    • Broadcom BCM15700A2 (as seen in several other MacBook models, but this version has a notably different form factor)

    • National Semiconductor 48B1-11 (LP8548B1) display backlight driver

    • SK Hynix H9CKNNN4GTATMR-NTH (with SSD controller presumably layered underneath)

  6. And for the opposite side:
    • And for the opposite side:

    • Toshiba TH58XGT0JFLLDVK 128 GB NAND Flash (+ 128 GB on the reverse side for a total of 256 GB)

    • Micron MT52L512M64D4PQ-107 WT:B 4 GB 1866 MHz LPDDR3 RAM (x2, for a total of 8 GB)

    • Apple 338S00227-A0 power management IC

    • Texas Instruments/Stellaris LM4FS1EH SMC Controller (replacement codename for TM4EA231)

    • Texas Instruments TMP513A thermal/power management with temperature sensor and current shunt monitor

    • Texas Instruments SN650839 programmable power management, TPS51980A step-down converter (likely), and CD3215C00 USB type-C controller

    • Intersil ISL95828 PWM controller for Intel CPUs

  7. And just for some extra credit: Dialog Semiconductor (formerly Silego) SLG3NB444V clock generator
    • And just for some extra credit:

    • Dialog Semiconductor (formerly Silego) SLG3NB444V clock generator

    • Renesas (formerly Intersil) ISL95530 Li-ion battery charger

    • Maxim Integrated MAX98357B class D audio amplifier

    • Texas Instruments TMP102 temperature sensor

    • Winbond W25X20CL 2 MB Serial NOR Flash Memory

    • Microchip (formerly Atmel) AT24C09B 8 KB serial flash memory

    • ON Semiconductor Memory (likely)

  8. Rumor has it that the second gen butterfly mechanism inherited from the Pro makes this MacBook way more usable—so what's inside? Comparing the space gray "new" keyboard to the rose gold MacBook of yesteryear, we can see: The mechanical switch that detects the keystroke is a simpler rounder dome, not the fancy 'x' shape it once was.
    • Rumor has it that the second gen butterfly mechanism inherited from the Pro makes this MacBook way more usable—so what's inside?

    • Comparing the space gray "new" keyboard to the rose gold MacBook of yesteryear, we can see:

    • The mechanical switch that detects the keystroke is a simpler rounder dome, not the fancy 'x' shape it once was.

    • The plastic butterfly mechanism also accommodates the new switch, swapping to a new, slightly thinner frame.

    • While not really a mechanical change, the control and option keys got some new ink. They now mark keyboard shortcuts rather than translating for PC users.

  9. Minimal changes in the MacBook means minimal steps in the teardown! Make sure to check out the Retina MacBook 2016 and Retina MacBook 2015 to see more of these machines' construction.
  10. Considerazioni Finali
    • Apple did not return to tri-point screws, and instead used only Torx and Phillips screws within the computer.
    • The processor, RAM, and flash memory are still soldered to the logic board.
    • A large amount of strong adhesive holds the battery assembly to the lower case .
    • The Retina display is a fused unit with no separate, protective glass. If the display is damaged, it'll be arduous and expensive to repair.
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nice je suis justement trés content

mpialudaan - Replica

Seems like that if i can source a logic board from a 2017 model i can stick it inside my 2016 one :) nice

Ilias - Replica

$2000 for anyone who can upgrade my 2017 Macbook to 1TB flash. Genuine offer. I have run out of space in 2012 on my Macbook air and the storage has not increased since for a light and thin Macbook.

Frank Kapotti - Replica

Have you thought about changing the ssd in your MBA?

Sostituzione SSD MacBook Air 13" metà 2012

You can buy a Transcend ssd for the MBA on Amazon

robertgolin -

hit up louis rossmann he might do it as a one time thing

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