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Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro not for the DIY set, plus 4 other Apple stories to read today

With so many people writing about Apple(s AAPL), finding the best stories and reports isn’t easy.┬áHere’s our daily pick of stories about the company from around the Web that you shouldn’t miss:

  • The guys at iFixit gave the traditional teardown treatment to the new Retina Display MacBook Pro, and it’s not a handyman’s special: it received a score of 1 (out of 10) when grading the ability of average people to do somewhat mundane repairs and upgrades to the machine themselves. Among other things, the battery is glued in, and the RAM is soldered to the logic board, so you can’t upgrade the RAM after ordering the machine from Apple.
  • Despite the difficulties in self-repair, the new (expensive) MacBook Pro with Retina Display is getting good reviews. And Laptop Mag noted in its benchmark testing that battery life is even better than Apple is advertising.
  • How is the current market for mobile apps like the early music industry? The Wall Street Journal has a great comparison of the two, and what it means for the future of app marketing.
  • Based on the numbers Apple CEO Tim Cook gave on Monday, Asymco did some math. Among other things, the calculation revealed that there are about 50 million apps downloaded from the App Store every day.
  • Not everything is going Apple’s way this week, though. The Samsung Galaxy S III launch in the U.S. looks like it’s going to happen on June 21 despite Apple’s protestations. On Wednesday, the judge in the case dropped Apple’s request to block the import of the phones, Reuters reports.