Apple's (AAPL) next-gen MacBook Pro is "much less accessible than anything which has ever...

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Apple's (AAPL) next-gen MacBook Pro is "much less accessible than anything which has ever carried the 'Pro' name in the past," observes Felix Salmon. The device's RAM, solid-state drive, and battery can't be replaced/upgraded, and even some of its screws are proprietary. This gives consumers more reason to purchase a $349 AppleCare Protection Plan, and demonstrates how recent Apple products have a "built-in obsolescence" that drives future upgrades.