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iFixit has shared its full teardown of the new Mac Pro, calling it "beautiful, amazingly well put together, and a masterclass in repairability."

Given its modular design, the new Mac Pro unsurprisingly earned a nearly perfect repairability score of 9/10, with iFixit noting that basic repairs and upgrades can be performed with standard tools or even no tools at all. Major components also use industry-standard sockets and interfaces.

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From a repair standpoint, the only downside is that while the SSDs are modular, they are not user replaceable since they are tied to the Apple T2 security chip. If you need to remove and replace the SSD modules, a support document says to contact Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider instead.

iFixit also has a service manual for the new Mac Pro.

Article Link: iFixit Shares 2019 Mac Pro Teardown: 'A Masterclass in Repairability'
 
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XmasRights

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I really think iFixit need to revaluate how they view repairability. Docking a point because of a critical security feature seems harsh, especially in light of their criticism of iCloud activation locks.

I agree Apple, and the rest of the industry, have a lot of improving to do, but some features of our tech needs to be intentionally locked down for the safety of our data/stuff.
 

Plutonius

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I really think iFixit need to revaluate how they view repairability. Docking a point because of a critical security feature seems harsh, especially in light of their criticism of iCloud activation locks.

I agree Apple, and the rest of the industry, have a lot of improving to do, but some features of our tech needs to be intentionally locked down for the safety of our data/stuff.

I think they actual make ratings based on how much iFixit will make from upgrades / repairs :).
 

StuBeck

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Anyone else hoping for a Mac Pro Mini? Something this modular but with a price tag we can swallow.

Won't ever happen. They've had a greater need for years and they've ignored the market, this won't change.

I don't think its very surprising a desktop is easy to repair, and docking a point for making an SSD not user replaceable is completely fair. Its not a critical security feature, its a money maker, just like MS and the "replaceable" SSD you need to buy from them.
 

ScreenSavers

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I guess people are overly surprised by this. I would’ve expected a full-size desktop tower with the price range they want for it to be upgradable and serviceable. Especially since that’s what they advertised it as! But I guess after the iMac Pro, people aren’t expecting much for repairability.
 

magicschoolbus

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This has to be a new record from Apple.. wow. Impressive.

The Mac Pro really is a thing of beauty.. I am still drooling over the iMac Pro!
 
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gplusplus

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The docking of one point has nothing to do with the security functionality of the T2 chip. They’re merely saying that to replace the SSDs, you can’t fully do it yourself. If you can’t do it yourself, it’s not considered “repairable.” If you ask me, 9/10 is generous. Apple could have included a physical security mechanism to unlock or otherwise reset the T2 chip, such as a Yubikey or similar, that could be kept in a separate but safe place, like a safe deposit box. But they didn’t, so now you can’t do it yourself. 9/10 is warranted.
 

CalMin

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I don't think its very surprising a desktop is easy to repair, and docking a point for making an SSD not user replaceable is completely fair. Its not a critical security feature, its a money maker, just like MS and the "replaceable" SSD you need to buy from them.

+1 on this. SSD security is important on a laptop because it gets schlepped around with you and is easily lost or stolen. The Mac Pro will most likely live in an office, studio or production environment and is less likely to be misplaced or subject to theft.

T2 security is great, but not a requirement for a desktop in the way it is for a laptop or even an iMac.
 
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