There were a lot of rumors as to just what Apple had in store for their MacBook Pro and all of this became clear at WWDC when it was confirmed that this line would include a Retina display.
Since the announcement, we’ve seen a lot of information stream onto the net and with some of the reviews, the biggest issues that are being brought forward have to do with servicing and/or upgrading the device. In fact, many are saying that of all the models that have come before it, the newest model is the least user friendly in this respect. Not only are there Pentalobe screws for which most users would not have a screwdriver, but Apple has also firmly fixed the innards in place. What this means is that the RAM cannot be readily removed as it is soldered in its position on the system board, the battery is held in its place with glue and the display is also fused into the actual form factor meaning a major hardware failure could result in the entire device needing to be replaced.
As everything is proprietary, most people will be reliant upon Apple for any changes to their system. For instance, if a battery replacement is needed, customers will either have to make an appointment with an Apple store to arrange for service or alternatively ship it back to Apple which means a turnaround time of several days. Then there’s also the cost for this service which is $199, just for a battery replacement.