• The 13-inch MacBook Pro with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, torn down. iFixit
  • A peek inside. iFixit
  • The logic board. iFixit
  • The revised keyboard mechanism. iFixit

As is tradition, repair guide site and parts vendor iFixit tore down the latest Mac to see what's different inside and to assess its repairability. This time it's the new, entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which replaced the previous Touch Bar-less low-end MacBook Pro in Apple's store last week. Combine that with now-public Geekbench benchmarks of the machine, and we have a clear picture of what the lowest-price MacBook Pro model is all about.

Let's start with the benchmarks, as dug up by MacRumors: the refreshed low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro managed an average 4,639 Geekbench 4 score in single-core performance and 16,665 in multi-core. Compare that with 4,341 and 9,084, respectively, in the previous bottom-tier 13-inch MacBook Pro, and you're looking at up to 83% faster performance in the new machine.

No surprises there; the previous one hadn't really been updated in quite a while. But it doesn't quite meet Apple's marketing claim that the new machine is "two times more powerful" than its predecessor.

iFixit's teardown found that the low-end 13-inch MacBook Pro is still distinct from its higher-priced 13-inch sibling, primarily in terms of ports—it has two Thunderbolt 3 ports to the more expensive version's four. But in other ways, they're closer together than before, mainly with the inclusion of the Touch Bar and Touch ID and associated hardware changes to accommodate those.

iFixit notes that the new model has a 58.2Wh battery compared to the previous one's 54.5Wh. Apple promises 10 hours of battery life—the same as before—suggesting that this increase in capacity may be simply to power the Touch Bar and Touch IDRead More – Source

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