No, you won't be able to repair the new MacBook Pro yourself

Did you truly expect anything different?

All eyes are on the Touch Bar-packing new MacBook Pro, revealed by Apple last week but, if you're on a tighter budget, there's still the entry-level model to consider without all the OLED whizz-bang. 

But if you think you're going to save some moolah with a DIY repair should anything go wrong further down the line, think again. iFixit has gotten intimate with the entry-level 2016 MacBook Pro's innards, and they're not all that impressed.

Even without the added complication of the Touch Bar, this year's 13-inch model is still set to be a pain to fix.

Glue, more glue and proprietary screws

Pop off the MacBook Pro's backplate (you'll find Apple's still sticking with its proprietary pentalobe screws to hold everything together) and it becomes clear that the Cupertino company still loves a liberal slathering of glue. The batteries in particular are covered in the stuff, and will require heat being applied to remove.

Even elements that sounded at launch like a potential boon have proved less useful in practice. Sure, the SSD is now replaceable - but it's a proprietary module that you'll struggle to buy off the shelf. 

And as for the newly-introduced "advanced thermal architecture"? This amounts to little more than a new placement for the heat sink screws on the other side of the logic board.

With an iFixit repairability score of just 2 out of 10, the entry-level MacBook Pro is another Apple device that budding DIY fixers should approach with caution. 

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Gerald is Associate Editor of TechRadar, taking care of the site's news and features output. He loves his gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Based out of TechRadar Towers, London, Gerald was previously Editor of Gizmodo UK. He dreams of the day when he can pop on a VR headset and meet Lawnmower Man-era Pierce Brosnan. Sadly, Pierce doesn't share the dream.