The MacBook Pro 2021 models were presented by Apple a few weeks ago at a special event. The new 14-inch and 16-inch Pro models are powered by the M1 Pro and M1 Max processors. You have released the Touch Bar and inserted a notch on the display. iFixit has now teared down these new MacBook Pro models to reveal the internals and changes Apple has introduced since the previous generation. The teardown also reveals the battery capacity of the two MacBook Pro models.
IFixit’s detailed teardown shows that the 16-inch MacBook Pro comes with a 99.6 Wh battery, while the 14-inch MacBook Pro has a smaller 69.6 Wh battery. The 16-inch MacBook Pro model from 2019 has a slightly larger 99.8 Wh battery, while last year’s M1 MacBook Pro battery clocked at 58.2 Wh, significantly smaller than this one 14-inch MacBook Pro model introduced this year. The teardown also shows that the batteries are no longer glued to the chassis. Instead, they are now removable with slightly adhesive pull-tabs. iFixit also confirms that the battery change is fully functional and warning-free.
Apple made several improvements to keep track of the repair by making the battery easily removable and screwing the back instead of gluing. Removing the Touch Bar has given Apple the ability to make better use of the interior. iFixit reports that the cable connecting the display is looser and the replacement of the display has also been streamlined. It is reported that it comes with less complicated screws, springs, and cables and no longer has to pull out a separate display panel.
Of course, the teardown of the new MacBook Pro 2021 shows that there is no room for upgrading RAM in the future and buyers are advised to purchase the most preferred option in advance. Ports are considered highly modular, including the MagSafe port, which can be easily swapped out. iFixit warns that the SD card reader and HDMI port are soldered to the logic board and any damage means either an expensive repair or a complete replacement of the board.
Overall, iFixit gives the new MacBook Pro models a repairability rating of 4 out of 10 points. The full teardown video can be seen below.