Unfortunately, Apple still sits at the bottom of the upgradability chart. We really hope that the company will bring memory and storage expansion back, but we highly doubt it.
1. Remove the bottom plate
To get inside of this device, you need to undo 8 Pentalobe screws. After that release the two clips holding it to the chassis by prying it through the two cutouts on the sides. Then pull the bottom panel and it will come off.
Inside, we see a 6-cell 70Wh battery pack.
3. Storage and speakers
Then, comes the storage. It is soldered to the motherboard, and you can see the chips being distributed on 4 spots above the battery. The
maximum configurable amount is 8TB. After that, you have the huge speaker elements, which surround the battery.
4. Cooling system and memory
Here, you can see the cooling solution, which comprises a single heat pipe, two heat sinks, and two relatively small fans. Right beneath the cooling plate, there is the M1 Pro or M1 Max. The memory chips are placed above and below it. You can get the laptop with up to 32GB of RAM for the M1 Pro, and up to 64GB for the M1 Max.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 (Late 2021) in-depth review
We were really excited from the time rumors started appearing about the new Apple M1 chips. There was confusion about the name, their specs, and their performance. And now that they are here, it's only natural to put them through their paces. Today, we have the MacBook Pro 14, which aims to be revolutionary. Not only for the SoC it houses, but because of what it is. It is the long-awaited machine, that breaks the gap between the 13-inch, and the 16-inch MacBook Pro. Weirdly, it has more in comm[...]Read the full review
- Exceptional performance from the new SoCs
- Comfortable keyboard
- Three Thunderbolt 4 connectors + SD card reader and HDMI connector
- Doesn't use PWM
- Great build quality
- Very good battery life
- Loud and dynamic speakers
- 120Hz adaptive ProMotion display
- 99% DCI-P3 coverage with a ton of presets
- Mini LED backlight with high maximum brightness, and very high contrast ratio
- Quiet during extreme workload
- Still no USB Type-A ports
- Soldered RAM and storage
- Awkward notch on the display
- Uses PWM