16-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals M1 Max, tweaked internals

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Teardowns of Apple’s new MacBook Pros have commenced, with one of the first showcasing the slightly tweaked internals of a 16-inch model with M1 Max chip.

Retired leaker L0vetodream received their 16-inch MacBook Pro in the mail on Tuesday and promptly began disassemble the laptop, sharing photos of the process in a Twitter thread along the way.

Entry into the 16-inch MacBook seems to be identical to other unibody models, with screws positioned around the perimeter of the rear lid offering easy access to the machine’s innards.

Removing the cover reveals a familiar internal component layout. Banks of batteries containing a total of six cells sit below the palm rests and trackpad, while a custom logic board resides beneath the keyboard and its “double anodized” black well.

The most apparent change is the logic board, which sports a massive central heat distribution plate for Apple’s M1 Max chip. A redesigned heat pipe arches down to pass directly over the center of the specialized Apple Silicon, wicking away heat for expulsion by redesigned fans that reportedly move 50% more air. Like past MacBook revisions, it appears that most of Apple’s fan engineering went into fin geometry and, perhaps, the motor, as both fan enclosures are nearly identical to parts used in the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Other items of interest include a relocated speaker system that is positioned closer to the user and extends the full length of the battery bank. Four force-cancelling woofers stacked in pairs take residence at the front corners of MacBook Pro, while tweeters are located toward the middle of the chassis.

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Source: L0vetodream

L0vetodream goes further, extricating the logic board from its seat in the aluminum structure and prying off the heatsink to expose the large-die M1 Max. Thermal paste covers the system-on-chip and four modules of unified RAM.

Also on display are the vaunted HDMI port and SDXC card reader, both of which make a return to MacBook Pro after a five-year hiatus.

The preliminary teardown offers little commentary on Apple’s hardware and design, but at first glance the overall component arrangement appears to be largely in line with other modern MacBook models. Apple’s thicker chassis design likely enables better thermal performance and adds vertical space for peripheral connectivity options.

A more thorough deconstruction of both 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro variants is expected from repair specialist iFixit.

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