iFixit Guts New Unibody MacBook

Apple introduced the new unibody polycarbonate MacBook on Tuesday, and before the end of the day iFixit had already stripped one down to its screws. The new MacBook features a polycarbonate upper body, rubberized aluminum lower body, an LED backlit display, and lots of screws.

The new MacBook gained features found on its MacBook Pro cousins, such as a built-in battery and LED backlit display and Mini DisplayPort, but it lost a few features, too. The new model doesn't include a FireWire port, it lost its IR remote control port, and it doesn't include an external battery charge indicator.

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The built-in hard drive is user replaceable, but it's a difficult enough task that most users won't want to do it themselves. The battery, however, is not tagged as user replaceable, even though it's positioned next to the hard drive.

The teardown once again shows the level of detail Apple's engineers went to in order to pack as much as they could into such a small space. The full step-by-step breakdown is available at the iFixit Web site.