Apple rarely gets much love from iFixit. The same things that make the company’s products thin and alluring to consumers also makes them incredibly difficult for end users to repair. Whether it’s a battery glued into its case, CPUs and RAM that have been soldered to the motherboard, or proprietary connectors on everything, it’s been a long time since a Mac, iPhone, or iPad received anything but faint praise from iFixit.
That changed today when iFixit tore the new Mac Pro apart. It isn’t the first outlet to break the computer down, but its teardown is accompanied by the high-resolution pictures and detailed notes that we’ve come to expect. What they found is a computer that, despite its more integrated nature and fair number of proprietary parts, is actually pretty easy to repair and upgrade (for a Mac).
The RAM is the easiest component to remove and replace, since it only requires you to slide the case’s cover off. This can be done with the push of a button, rather than special screwdrivers and suction cups (as is often the case with MacBooks and iMacs). As we’ve mentioned before, these are standard 1866MHz ECC DDR3 DIMMs, and it should be trivial to purchase and upgrade your own RAM down the line. Replacing the SSD is also simple—although the connector is proprietary, the drive is held in place by a single Torx screw. The PCI Express SSD is apparently very similar to the PCIe drives found in the 2013 MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro.
via Ars Technica http://feeds.arstechnica.com/~r/arstechnica/index/~3/GKJ5mQEwyUo/