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12-inch MacBook teardown shows the device’s terraced battery, tiny motherboard and more

12-inch MacBook teardown shows the device’s terraced battery, tiny motherboard and more

by AshwinApril 15, 2015

The 12-inch Retina MacBook may not have performed well in the benchmark test we reported about earlier this month.


But Apple has done a great job with the device’s internal hardware.

A user has disassembled the 12-inch Retina Macbook, in a tear down. He has uploaded dozens of images of the Apple device’s internal hardware. (gallery linked at the bottom of this article)


The 12-inch MacBook has no fans, and runs silently, as announced during the device’s launch. So what does the inside of the new MacBook look like, Let us go ahead and take a tour of the components shall we?

Apple Insider notes that the internal components of the device were manufactured by various companies including Toshiba, Elpida, and Texas Instruments.



The 12-inch MacBook has a motherboard which is 67% smaller than the MacBook Air, thats what Apple said when it launched the new device. You can see the tiny mother board in the image  below, it is almost as small as a trackpad.


Since the MacBook is an ultra slim device, Apple had to utilise the space in it as best as it could, and stuff in parts in an efficient manner. The company had announced that it had specially designed batteries for this very purpose. You can see from the teardown images, that it has a massive terraced battery, designed to be space efficient.


On a side note, if you have been experiencing poor battery life on any of your MacBooks, Google Chrome could be the culprit. Read more about it at our previous coverage here.

The biggest component of the MacBook appears to be its keyboard, which has a butterfly design. Below the keyboard is the the Force Touch trackpad with the pressure sensors, which detect pressure as clicks.


9t05Mac observes that the trackpad in the 12-inch Retina MacBook implies the same Force Technology as the one the Retina MacBook Pro uses, but unlike the bigger device, the 12-inch MacBook doesn’t push in. Instead it uses a haptic feedback motor to function like a regular trackpad.

I am hardly able to believe that such a small device has a ton of parts crammed into it. The 12-inch Retina MacBook comes in various configurations.

Here is a price list of all the variants:

1.1 GHz, 256 GB SSD  ($1299)
1.3 GHz, 256 GB SSD ($1549)
1.2 GHz, 512 GB SSD ($1599)
1.3 GHz, 512 GB SSD ($1749)

More details about it here.

You can view all the images of the MacBook’s teardown in the full gallery which can be found here.