While we have taken a deep dive into the specs and features of the 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, a recent discovery might fundamentally change how owners handle data on Apple’s newest notebook.
According to a MacRumors report, Apple might be unable to recover data from a 2018 MacBook Pro when/if its logic board fails.
For its 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar models, Apple has a special tool to access data from their SSDs fail. The tool is needed because beginning with those models, the SSD is soldered to the computer’s logic board. You can find out much more about how the tool works in the leaked video below. [Update: the video has been removed.]
However, as MacRumors reports, the data recovery connector is not present in either the 13-inch or 15-inch 2018 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar meaning the tool cannot be connected.
Of course, this means users of the new MacBook Pro should have a robust backup plan to safeguard from data loss in case of a logic board failure. Fortunately, the Rocket Yard outlines several ways you can make sure your data is safe by utilizing external storage and software such as Time Machine.