The Madeleine Brand Show for June 14, 2012

Apple's MacBook Pro puts a dent in your wallet that you won't be able to repair

Courtesy of Apple

Apple's newest MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

The New York Times' David Pogue calls it "a point shy of perfect." Engadget says the screen is "absolutely gorgeous." Slashgear's review: "superlative." High praise so far for Apple's new $2199 MacBook Pro laptop.

When iFixIt.com CEO Kyle Wiens picked up his MacBook Pro a couple of days ago, he didn't set up his iTunes library or install Google Chrome, instead, Wiens immediately got out some tools to take the brand new notebook apart.

As the name implies, iFixIt is devoted to folks who want to repair their own gear, from laptops to toasters. But repair hobbyists are going to have some problems with the newest MacBook Pro. "This is, to date, the least-repairable laptop we've taken apart," said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit. "Apple has packed all the things we hate into one beautiful little package."

Wiens says the number one problem is the battery. It's glued to the case, and very difficult to replace. He says if you want a longer-lasting Mac laptop that's easy to repair, pass on the fancy screen and buy the more traditional Macbook Pro, which Apple is still selling.

Guest:

Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixIt.com


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