iFixit MacBook Pro 15-inch Teardown: Fast RAM, Additional Antenna, Excess Thermal Paste

Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro line introduced a number of new and updated components. Thunderbolt (Intel’s “Light Peak” ) pushes the I/O envelope providing 10 Gbits (as in gigabits) and is backwards compatible with the Mini Display Support. Up to six devices can be chained to the Thunderbolt port. The quad-core i7 processor in the 15 and 17-inch models and HD FaceTime “webcam” round out some of the exciting new features.

So, what did iFixit find when they tore the new MacBook Pro 15-inch model apart?

MacBook Pro 15″ Unibody Early 2011 Teardown

– It is reasonably “repairable” by a DIYer
– The RAM used is faster than used in prior MacBook Pro models
– The wireless card has 4 antennas instead of 3
– iFixit noted what they consider excess thermal paste

It will be interesting to see if some the new MacBook Pro features trickle down to the MacBook Air later this year.