MacBook Pro/w Retina display (2013) vs MacBook Air (2014)


MacBooks are hard to repair as key components such as displays, batteries and RAM are glued in place. Choosing the amount of RAM is critical at the buying stage, as it's impossible to upgrade after purchase.

MacBook Air - The 2014 models have yet to be given a tear-down, but previous generation Airs scored 4/10 on iFixit and, with little changes to the device, we expect this to remain the same.

MacBook Pro w/Retina - The Pros have a paltry repairability score of 1/10, with the trackpad and display assembly proving problematic to replace.

Winner - MacBook Air - Repairing MacBooks is not straighforward, but the Air is a little easier to fix.

Khidr Suleman is the Technical Editor at IT Pro, a role he has fulfilled since March 2012. He is responsible for the reviews section on the site  - so get in touch if you have a product you think might be of interest to the business world. He also covers the hardware and operating systems beats. Prior to joining IT Pro, Khidr worked as a reporter at Incisive Media. He studied law at the University of Reading and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism and Online Writing at PMA Training.