For a long time, Apple products were the most easily repaired and upgraded computers on the market. Apple's new top-of-the-line MacBook Pro goes to the opposite extreme. 

  • The case is secured with proprietary pentalobe screws to prevent you from gaining access to anything inside.
  • The RAM is soldered to the logic board. It can never be replaced or upgraded.
  • The lithium-polymer battery is glued to the case – just in case you thought you might be capable of changing a battery.
  • The display assembly is completely fused and there is no glass protecting it. If anything ever fails inside the display assembly, which includes the camera and antennas, you will need to replace the entire, extremely expensive assembly.

Apple's publicity boasts that the MacBook Pro has a "highly recyclable aluminum and glass enclosure". Well, it is aluminium and glass and. separately, they are highly recyclable. The trouble is that Apple has glued them togther and there is no way of separating them for recycling. (The iPad has the same problem.)

Apple states that "the environmental performance of our business starts with our products". So what does a product that appears to be specifically designed to be thrown away in a couple of years say about Apple's environmental performance?