By Johnny Wills | Jun 17, 2012 12:10 PM EDT
After iPhone and iPad, Apple has now ported its so-called “Retina display” to MacBook Pro. With $2,199 price tag, MacBook Pro with Retina display is one of the most expensive laptops in the market. And those who are planning to sacrifice their savings to buy this laptop also need to know that the operational costs could go as high as purchase cost as Apple has bumped up the battery swap cost to $199. Also, experts have highlighted Retina display-powered MacBook Pro as the least repairable laptop made so far.
In Apple laptops, particularly MacBook Pro, the built-in battery cannot be replaced by the user. Instead, users need to take the MacBook to Apple retail store or ship it to Apple Authorized Service Providers for replacement of the built-in battery. And Apple has just bumped up the costs for replacing battery in Retina-powered models to $199, which is over 50% more than initial costs. On the other hand, the same 95 watt-hour (Whr) powerhouse costs $129 for 15-inch MacBook Pro without Retina display.
Postmortem expert firm iFixit has billed MacBook Pro with Retina display as the "least repairable laptop". Apple has designed this laptop in significantly different way. Ditching standard industry components, the laptop internals follow Apple's own approach and as a result users will have big problem when trying to self-repair the laptop.
"This is, to date, the least-repairable laptop we've taken apart. Apple has packed all the things we hate into one beautiful little package," said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit. "With another product announcement, Apple has presented the market with a choice. They have two professional laptops: one [MacBook Pro without Retina display] that is serviceable and upgradeable, and one [MacBook Pro with Retina display] that is not."
MacBook Pro with Retina display is undoubtedly a treat for eyes, but eventually a raid at owner's pocket. If you are planning to buy this laptop then you need to take some strict precaution because if you drop it, no one else other than Apple can repair it.
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