Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable – Unreadable
by Shawn King
Kyle Wiens of iFixIt.com has a ramble (I can’t even call it an article) over at Wired titled, “The New MacBook Pro: Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable”. With a title like that, you know you’re going to get a completely unbiased opinion…….yeah…..anyways…
The only noteworthy line it is this:
And the battery is glued to the case, requiring customers to mail their laptop to Apple every so often for a $200 replacement.
Please join me in a rousing chorus of “The Bullshit Song”.
The only thing true about that sentence is the first eight words – the new Retina Display MacBook Pro’s battery is glued to the case. The rest of it is hyperbole designed to frighten small children.
Wiens makes it seem as if all customers will be required at some indeterminant time in the future send in their laptops to Apple for some kind of undefined battery issue. While some people certainly have had problems that needed to be solved that way, the vast majority of users will never need their battery replaced, let alone replaced “every so often”.
The article title sets my teeth on edge, too. The new MacBook Pro is by no means “unfixable” – Wiens makes it seem like the new MacBook Pro is the first disposable laptop. As many people have pointed out, very few of us these days are capable or even desirous of opening our machines up. We hire professionals to do it on our behalf. Now, if Wiens meant, “Unfixable by my company, iFixIt…” Then I’d give him the point.
“Unhackable” shows he doesn’t understand the devotion of the hacker community and their amazing skills at being able to hack damn near anything and as to “untenable”, I really don’t think he understands what that word means.
Wiens is a nice guy. I’ve met him and interviewed him. But he doesn’t do his case any favors (and whether he has a case is debatable) by using blatant and ineffective scare tactics in his descriptions of the new MacBook Pro.