Magic Mouse And MacBook Teardowns


The folks at iFixit must hold some kind of record for fastest-voided warranty. It’s been less than 48 hours since Apple unleashed a torrent of new computers and peripherals, and they’ve already set upon the new wares like a pack of ravenous, spudger-wielding Velociraptors, photoblogging the splayed entrails for our edutainment.

The refreshed MacBook holds few surprises, resembling a Star Trek teleportation mix-up between the prior 13″ white MacBook and the current 13″ MacBook Pro. It retains a white polycarbonate case much like its predecessor while adopting a subset of the Pro’s components — CPU and GPU, glass trackpad, Mini DisplayPort, and the long-lived but sealed battery. Internally the system is still a maze of different-sized Torx, Phillips and tri-wing screws, but they do report this latest revision to be easier to dismantle for repair.

More novel inside and out is the new Magic Mouse, which early reports suggest may finally redeem Apple’s eleven year train wreck of mice. There’s not much to see on the bottom half — it’s a typical wireless mouse consisting of batteries, laser tracker and a Bluetooth chip. The top is something to behold though, with nearly the entire surface encrusted in capacitive sensors capable of gestural input. It resembles a miniature version of this electrostatic interface we saw in April.

No teardowns of the new iMacs, Mac mini or Time Capsule have taken place yet, but it’s surely just a matter of time. Even Velociraptors need to eat and sleep.

Update: 27″ iMac teardown added. Rawr!

17 thoughts on “Magic Mouse And MacBook Teardowns

  1. That mouse sounds pretty neat…although I could never buy it with a name like that. It sounds like what you get when you watch The Mickey Mouse Club while on an IV of morphine. And it also looks like a bar of soap. Well, that’s Apple for you.

  2. Jeeze… I’m edging toward no longer buying Apple stuff. It’s a good thing I sold all my firewire stuff earlier this year. I suppose I won’t be getting a new macbook until they realize that part of the point of the device is to have less limitations in power tethering over distances; why did they make the battery extremely difficult to change out?

    Good links, good tear-downs, thanks!

  3. It’s weird how the sensors seem to cover a lot of room which will be always under your palm and possibly never ever used even when the hand is moved down to do the circle thing shown on the video.
    I wonder if there is some plan to use it in a as of yet unmentioned manner, perhaps in some OSX update, but that too seems farfetched.

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