MacBook Pro 13" Unibody Mid 2009 Teardown
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We got our hands on a MacBook Pro 13" Unibody and decided to compare it to a MacBook Unibody -- from the inside! Follow us on Twitter to get all the latest updates as we're doing the teardown!
- This just in: the new MacBook Pro 13" Unibody!
- We'll be comparing it to the MacBook Unibody throughout the teardown.
- We have a feeling it will be very similar in most regards.
- Check out our MacBook Unibody repair guides if you'd like to answer any of your repair-related questions!
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- Contents of the box:
- User's manual
- Restore DVDs
- 60-watt AC adapter
- AC adapter extension cable
- Cleaning cloth
- No video adapter, as usual.
- Some comparisons to the MacBook Unibody:
- No access door for the battery on the bottom.
- The addition of an SD card slot (and the omission of digital/mic port) is readily apparent.
- FireWire is back!
- Computer lock is now on the other side.
- The SD card sticks out almost .5"! This is a cheeseball design for a MacBook "Pro" if you ask us.
- Let's get down to business.
- There's no door latch, going along with the "not user-serviceable battery" theme.
- We had to dig out a Phillips screwdriver for this step.
- A quick flip of the lid and...
- ...It's almost exactly the same as our old, "lesser" MacBook Unibody.
- The battery compartment is identical to the one we uncovered in the MacBook Pro 17" Teardown. We'll venture a guess that it looks the same in the updated 15" Pro as well.
- Remove two tri-wing screws and the battery is suddenly replaceable. The sticker comes right off, just as in the 17" Pro -- because it's adhered to just the battery and midwall, not to the optical drive.
- 7-hour battery specifications:
- Model A1322
- "This battery contains no mercury (Hg)."
- When working on all machines that have internal batteries, disconnect the battery first to cut off power to the entire device.
- Apple does offer battery replacement service for $129. If you're not near an Apple Store or service provider, you'll be without your machine 3-4 business days.
- Although the batteries look similar, they're definitely not interchangeable. The MacBook Pro's battery is too large (and different in shape) to fit into the older MacBook Unibody.
- Removing the hard drive...
- It's still considered user-replaceable by Apple, but replacement does require removing 10 more screws than on the MacBook Unibody.
- First thing we'd do is replace the 160 GB Hitachi with something more meaty.
- The subwoofer comes off after removing two screws.
- The optical drive is attached via three Phillips screws.
- The brackets and screw layout are identical to the older MacBook Unibody.
- Removing the optical drive exposes the right speaker.
- It's held in place by adhesive. A quick pry with the spudger will loosen it.
- A connector, three Phillips screws, and bam -- the fan's out!
- Disconnect the LVDS connector.
- Remove 7 motherboard screws.
- Remove 2 DC-in screws.
- Disconnect trackpad, keyboard, and battery level indicator cables.
- Remove LVDS cable retaining bracket.
- And the logic board is almost out...
- Pop out the microphone from its cave.
- The logic board is finally free!
- A couple of images of the logic board, before we strip it naked...
- Like the MacBook Unibody, the heat sink comes out along with the logic board.
- And here's the whole enchilada for you to enjoy.
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