Posted Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Retina Macbook Pro is not a simple machine to repair.
The Retina Macbook Pro is touted as being an unrepairable laptop. We don’t think it’s unrepairable, but it certainly is a pain in the ass! Today I’d like to go over a few common issues that repair shops will face when working on a Retina.
The latest Retina has no screwholes for a keyboard.
The keyboard is bolted into the machine, not screwed in or riveted in Compare this to past Macbook Pros where the keyboard is screwed in, and it’s a pain in the ass. Even the Macbook Air rivets the keyboard in, and these rivets can be replaced with screws. On the newer Retinas, the keyboard is bolted in with no real clear cut way to put it back in. and We stock the keyboards and know how to replace them.
The trackpad sits under a battery that is taped into the laptop, that explodes when punctured.
The trackpad sits under a battery that is adhered into the laptop. It is easy to puncture this battery while removing it from the laptop. When punctured, it can pop, expand, spark, or explode on you. 🙂 We stock the battery & the trackpads, so we can offer same-day service replacing your trackpad even in the unlikely event that your battery becomes damaged over the course of reaching the trackpad.
The LCD assembly is expensive and changes each year.
Don’t get us started on the LCD assembly, which is even more of a pain in the ass than the Macbook Air to refurbish! Not to mention that there are already four different assemblies for the retina which has been out for under two years. 🙁 We stock ever single one so we can offer same day service, no parts orders necessary.
The SSD is proprietary, and changes each year.
The proprietary SSD is costly & confusing. We can source them and even pull data off of failing ones, with several Retina data recoveries on our belt so far!
The Retina is a pain in the ass to repair – but we do it anyway!
I understand why many shops want nothing to do with them. However, it is a Mac, and we would have no business having Mac Laptop Repair Specialist written in our window if we didn’t work on them. It’s our job to deal with pains in the asses so you don’t have to. If you have a Retina and no one wants to help you with it, bring it to us. We’ll fix it; even if no one else wants to. 😉