iFixit's teardown of macbook touchbar
iFixit has a new teardown of the touchbar macbook. The internal design is just terrible.
I can't believe the lack of common parts across two almost identical models, released at the same time. The macbook without touchbar / with touchbar internally are pretty much distinct designs.
The SSD Flash is soldered directly to the motherboard on the touchbar model, as is the RAM, Processor. The motherboard shape/design is the most concerning, a curly moustache design, which looks very susceptible to heat and flex at the corners.
I'd actually say its been purposefully designed to fail, over time, much like the lead-free Nvidia Geforce BGA 7600/8600 Graphics chipset motherboard designs by companies like Quanta, circa 2010.
It's almost as though, those 'accidental' failures have been tweated in 2016 to include certain properties of those designs for buit in obsolescence.
The position of the SSD Flash chips are right on the corners of the curl design and directly below the bottom lip of the keyboard recess, which is the perfect spot for spill liquids to seep through right to where the SSD chipset resides.
Here, the ubiquitous 3 r's should be the 3 b's - BACKUP, BACKUP, BACKUP.
Make sure you have backups, because in the past you could remove the NMVe m.2 SSDs and at least have a chance of getting your data back, even if you macbook ended up liquefied/dead from a Coffee spill on the keyboard. Now you'll need the most recent backup, and many an Apple user won't have bothered.
Of Course, Apple will gladly sell you iCloud backup space for this. Coincidence? I think not.
A lot of mac users are going to get caught by this change. Apple is really starting to show what it thinks of its users.
This is a crap, purposeful, nasty internal design, to exploit Apple's userbase.