Comment on About my next computer: insert words in mouth, commence chewing | Kevin Leung | June 14, 2012 |

@warstrekkid Your plan for a single computer to do it all may not be practical in the age of cloud computing.  My desktop computer has video, RAM and torrent software beyond my laptop.  In the interest of sustainability, Apple should be criticized for moving away from design for disassembly and recycling.

… the surprising criticism of the new MBP is that is, in some sense, too well engineered. Kyle Wiens, co-founder of the popular that shows you how to do repairs on your own hardware, describes it as the “least repairable laptop” in this opinion on Wired. Read for yourself for some contrarianism against the hype, but his main point is that Apple sacrificed repairability and upgradeability in literally gluing together the most compact internals ever, and by buying it, we’re supporting a future of light, thin computers with planned obsolescence as the battery slowly drains itself. If you don’t like that, the older MBP design is the way to go.

About my next computer: insert words in mouth, commence chewing | Kevin Leung | June 14, 2012 | at

The description of the construction of the new MacBook is eye-opening.

The Retina MacBook is the least repairable laptop we’ve ever taken apart: Unlike the previous model, the display is fused to the glass, which means replacing the LCD requires buying an expensive display assembly. The RAM is now soldered to the logic board — making future memory upgrades impossible. And the battery is glued to the case, requiring customers to mail their laptop to Apple every so often for a $200 replacement. The design may well be comprised of “highly recyclable aluminum and glass” — but my friends in the electronics recycling industry tell me they have no way of recycling aluminum that has glass glued to it like Apple did with both this machine and the recent iPad.

The design pattern has serious consequences not only for consumers and the environment, but also for the tech industry as a whole.

The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable
| Kyle Wiens |June 14, 2012 | Wired at

iFixit removes the logic board from the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display during their teardown. Photo: iFixit