Apple Macbook Pro 15-inch 2011 Version Gets Full Teardown

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As it is now customary, mac repair specialist iFixit has torn down the latest Apple Mac Book Pro 15-inch laptop, the first model which comes with Intel's latest I/O connection technology, Thunderbolt née Light Peak, which is set to replace a slew of different connectors.

The laptop is the first to come with a 2Ghz Intel Quad Core i7 processor and uses the same memory as the 2010 versions of the iMac desktop computers.

There are apparently only a few changes and minor design tweaks; the controller for Thunderbolt is the fourth largest chip on the motherboard which according to iFixit shows the potential of the port but also the work that still needs to be done to bring the cost of the controller down.

Other details that have been unearthed by iFixit include the fact that you can only chain up to six Thunderbolt devices which compares very poorly with FireWire's 63 devices and USB's 127 devices.

Then there's a reworked wireless card which now contains four rather than three antennas, a change that will possibly solve regular Wi-Fi issues that affect the old Mac Book Pro range.

Overall, iFixit says that the Macbook Pro is easy to repair but that there are some quality issues like an unlocked ZIF socket, a stripped screw and too much thermal paste that can cause problems in the future. Below are some pictures of the new MacBook Pro taken by our sister website, Techbuff.