MacBook Pro made out of aluminum?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Merkava_4, May 30, 2017.

  1. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2010
    Location:
    California
    #1
    The pre-Retina unibody MBPs were made out of CNC machined billet aluminum, but what about the Retina series? Have they gone back to plastic for the housing? I can't find any information on the Retina MBP construction; just the usual technical specs.
     
  2. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a

    ApolloBoy

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2015
    Location:
    San Jose, CA
    #2
    Nope, they've always been aluminium. Apple hasn't made a plastic laptop since the 2010 MacBook.
     
  3. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Location:
    Delaware
    #3
    From the technical specs page:
     
  4. Merkava_4, May 30, 2017
    Last edited: May 30, 2017

    Merkava_4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2010
    Location:
    California
    #4
    ApolloBoy and DeltaMac, thank you both for replying.

    Is the current Retina MBP still using the CNC machining process like the Unibody?
     
  5. caramelpolice macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2012
    #5
    Yes. They have not majorly changed the materials or manufacture of the MacBook Pro chassis since the unibody redesign (except for anodizing the new Space Gray models).
     
  6. Merkava_4 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2010
    Location:
    California
  7. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2003
    Location:
    Delaware
    #7
    Pretty sure that Apple still refers to the chassis as a unibody design.
    I imagine that it would be challenging to have one that thin, and not have a machined case like that.
     

Share This Page