Apple MacBook Air Teardown: iFixit Goes Where Apple Prefers You Dont

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Apple MacBook Air Teardown: iFixit Goes Where Apple Prefers You Dont

by Michelle Maisto

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Apple MacBook Air

Apple introduced new 11- and 13-inch MacBook Air notebooks Oct. 20. They offer a choice of 1.4GHz or 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors, 64GB or 128GB of flash storage and 2GB or 4GB or DDR3 SDRAM. Go for 4GB, advises iFixit, as the notebooks cant be upgraded.

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Solid-State Drive

A major difference in the new MacBook Air is that Apple replaced the hard drive with a solid-state drive comprised of six chips-four 16GB flash chips from Toshiba, a Toshiba SSD controller and a Micron DDR DRAM cache chip.

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The inside of the MacBook Air is dominated by the battery, which comprises six individual lithium-polymer cells. The 11-inch Air is said to offer five hours of battery life, while the 13-inch model gets seven. Both feature 30 days of standby time.

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MacBook Air

The 11.6-inch display on the smaller MacBook Air features a resolution of 1,366 by 768 pixels. iFixit found that Apple also substantially enhanced the rigidity of the display assembly.

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Apple MacBook Pro

According to iFixit, the WiFi/Bluetooth chip in the new MacBook Air is the same as the use used in its line of MacBook Pro notebooks, pictured here.

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Apple MacBook Air

Apples tidy little package all undone is pictured here. In conclusion, iFixit reported, We wish Apple would stop intentionally preventing users from upgrading and repairing their devices.

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