Apple MacBook Air Teardown: Lack of Radical Change
Apple's MacBook Air might be shifting the company closer to its mobility-centric goals, but an iFixit teardown suggests much of the same hardware as its previous edition.When Apple tossed the white MacBook from its portfolio in favor of an updated, 11-inch MacBook Air (both devices priced at $999, just to make it perfectly clear that the latter was Apple's new "entry level" laptop), it was the tech-world equivalent of Cort??Â«s burning his troops' ships on the shore to prevent them from retreating. Apple is now fully committed to a mobility-centric, ultra-portable paradigm, one in which even its laptops share substantial DNA with handheld devices like the iPad and iPhone. That being said, a teardown of the new MacBook Air by repair firm iFixit suggests that Apple hasn't deviated much from the previous model. From the outer shell, which "uses the same pentalobe screws as the previous generation on the lower case," to the heat sink, which "looks nearly identical to the one used on the Core Duo Airs of last year," there aren't a whole lot of new surprises inside that thin-and-light body.
"Although today is an exciting day for consumers, it is a sad day for consumer repair," the firm wrote in a note accompanying the teardown. Whereas the white MacBook was "simple and serviceable," the MacBook Air is apparently its total opposite: "While this means that your book bags will be significantly lighter, it will also mean that you won't be upgrading or servicing your computer anytime soon."