Video: SSD In Late 2016 ‘Entry-Level’ MacBook Pro Removable

[UPDATE 06/15/17: Unboxing of 2017 13″ MacBook Pro Base Model Shows Removable SSD]

13-inch MacBook Pro Late 2016 Unboxing and Teardown from on Vimeo.

[UPDATE…Commentary: Soldered SSD in Touch Bar MBP Brings Potential Issues, Disappointment]

Apple announced new MacBook Pro models at its “hello again” event Thursday. The first to arrive on shelves is the new “entry-level” 13” MacBook Pro, which is the model that does not feature the new Touch Bar or Touch ID.

We were able to get our hands on the new standard 13” MacBook Pro for an unboxing and teardown and here is what we found (image gallery below).

Some noteworthy observations from the teardown: 

  • Solid State Drive module is removable
  • Bottom was more difficult to remove than previous generations, but it was not glued
  • Speaker module needs to be removed to pull SSD back
  • SSD had very strong tape covering the interface port
  • Laptop automatically turns on when you open it regardless of pressing power button; it also turns on automatically when plugged in with an open lid, according to Apple
  • CPU – Intel 6th gen, Skylake i5-6360U
  • Memory – This machine uses LPDDR3. (Note: this has been updated to reflect Apple’s Technical Specifications.)
  • Keyboard – Keys seem to have a bit more throw then the MacBook.
  • SSD – Using NVMe driver and an Apple designed controller. (See benchmarks below).

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