By Aldo Panessidi
The MacBook Pro is less than a week old (in the public’s view) and the devices are already being sacrificed in the name of curiosity.
The folks at iFixit took apart MacBook Pro’s 2880 x 1800 Retina display panel, and what they discovered is making them rethink LCD construction. It’s incredible what Apple engineers have done to make that kind of resolution work in a laptop screen that's thinner than anything seen in its geneology.
The unibody aluminum casing is the frame for the display. The LCD is its own front glass. Even the wireless antennas are threaded through the hinges to maximize use of even the tiniest of spaces.
Guard the Retina display with your life. This kind of parts layout means you can probably forget about repairs. Even the masters of the teardown at iFixit cracked the display’s glass during their dissection.
If you’re willing to forgive the disposability problem, the MacBook Pro’s Retina display is a high-resolution engineering marvel. Just don’t drop it.