Apple really doesn't want you trying to fix your own MacBook, so it has added tamper-evident screws.
(CCM) — In a teardown of Apple's latest, very-pink, rose gold MacBook, iFixit discovered that the Cupertino tech giant had added tamper-evident Torx screws. The heads of these screws disintegrate when you try to unscrew them with a standard screwdriver. "What's that? The pesky tri-wing screw we saw last year grew another, um, wing—now it's a regular ol' repair-friendly Phillips," said iFixit. "However, another surprise awaits at the hinge screws, whose Torx heads are filled with some sort of substance that disintegrates when you insert a screwdriver. Are you sealing our MacBook with tamper-evident screws, Apple?" Any evidence that you have opened up your laptop and fiddled with these screws will likely void your warranty. In fact, any evidence of "damage caused by service (including upgrades and expansions) performed by anyone who is not a representative of Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider" will void your warranty.
Overall, iFixit gave the Retina MacBook 2016 a reparability score of 1 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair. "Those pesky tri-wing screws are gone, replaced with lovely standard Phillips screws—but tamper-evident hinge screws make you feel like a hoodlum for repairing your own machine," noted the company. Other criticisms include the fact that the processor, RAM, and flash memory are soldered to the logic board; the battery is glued into the lower case; and the Retina display is a fused unit with no separate, protective glass. The new MacBook was unveiled earlier this month and is available now starting at $1,299.
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