iFixit Teardown Of Macbook Pro’s Retina Display Uncovers An ‘Engineering Marvel’


Folks over at iFixit have performed a teardown of the next generation MacBook Pro’s Retina display to find out what Apple has done to make the new display so gorgeous and as expected, they were so amazed with its technology that they’ve labelled it “an engineering marvel“. iFixit has found out that new MacBook Pro’s LCD is essentially the entire display assembly. Apple has used the aluminum case itself as the frame for the LCD panel and used the LCD as the front glass, packing five times as many pixels as the last MacBook Air in a display that’s merely a fraction of a millimeter thinner.

According to the source:

Apple claims that the Retina display in the MacBook Pro is the most stunning display to ever grace the lid of a notebook computer. “But at what cost?” we find ourselves asking. Being the repair-minded folks that we are, we feel that the only fair way to answer that question is to give this new display “the iFixit treatment”: open it up and look!

Honestly, we agree. The Retina display is an engineering marvel. Its LCD is essentially the entire display assembly. Rather than sandwich an LCD panel between a back case and a piece of glass in front, Apple used the aluminum case itself as the frame for the LCD panel and used the LCD as the front glass.

Check out the full iFixit MacBook Pro Retina display teardown here.


  • Acer

    It’s a revolutionary, evolutionary and a sheer awesome device. An engineering marvel; mankinds greatest feat yet. The next step towards modern science and technology, this is absolutely amazing.

    Gotta love all the special wordings that go along with Apple products haha.

  • JMCD23

    The most stunning screen ever, that is IPS but has odd viewing angles. Gary you posted an article recently about how Apple adjusts screens in their stores in hopes of people touching them to adjust them. IPS screens have near perfect viewing angles and look pretty sharp in any point of view. This confuses me 🙁

  • rickyscv

    My understanding was that they are displayed at a 70 degree ‘open’ position so that as the customer touches and adjusts the screen, they then become involved with the beauty of the design.It wasn’t talking about the viewing angles of the screen.

  • JMCD23

    Ah see I just assumed that people would touch/adjust it because you could see the negative image from a bad angle. For example I instinctively adjust my laptop screen to whatever looks best. I assumed this was a ploy to get people to adjust the screen and then take a closer look. But with IPS screens they look beautiful even from a crappy angle. Either way works I suppose.