New Macbook Air Disassembly: Modular Design For Easy Maintenance Onboard Memory And Storage Are Hard Wounds


[Bestbuy618 Notebook Channel]As one of Apple’s classic product lines, the MacBook Air finally received an “official” update this year; aside from the price, this thin and light book – really good! The new MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch LED-backlit IPS retina display with a resolution of 2560×1600 (227 ppi) and Touch ID (with Apple T2 security chip) support. The new MacBook Air comes with an 8GB (or 16GB) dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz) and Intel UHD Graphics 617. The new MacBook Air has two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, both of which support charging (30W), DisplayPort, Thunderbolt (up to 40Gbps), and USB 3.1 Gen 2 (up to 10Gbps).

The new MacBook Air also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack on the right side of the chassis.

The new MacBook Air goes a step further in maintaining the classic thin and light design, with a 13 percent smaller body size compared to the previous 13-inch MacBook Air, and is the first Mac built with 100 percent recycled aluminum metal. The new MacBook Air (8GB 128GB) starts at $9,499, which is thousands of dollars more than some thin and light PCs. For newcomers to the workplace who are concerned about value for money, the appeal is more than enough, and the balance is insufficient… Apple products have always been very expensive, for Apple users “expensive” is very reasonable, but do not understand Apple users in addition to a penny a penny to comfort themselves, it is difficult to find other reasons!

There is basically nothing to say about the new MacBook Air’s appearance, which is a complete continuation of the Mac family genes, but this brings up an interesting phenomenon: the new MacBook Air looks like a 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar, and iFixit claims that because of the size of the body, despite the label of Air, it appears that the 12-inch MacBook looks more compact! There is still a “silencing” diaphragm under the keycaps, but it also serves another purpose by preventing dust from entering the keyboard sensitivity.

Then iFixit began the official disassembly, beginning with the back, unscrewing the pentalobe screws and removing the back case. Seeing the new MacBook Air internal design, I can only say – beautiful! The modular design and package alignment are all commendable, and it directly opens the gap with the PC, where flying wires can be seen everywhere.

On the other side of the small fan is a sub-circuit board with a headphone jack and circuitry for connecting the speakers and Touch ID, as well as the Cirrus Logic CS42L83A audio codec; it’s difficult to believe this is a notebook motherboard!

The corresponding Thunderbolt port on the other side of the body also uses a modular design, which was praised by iFixit, apparently for frequent plugging and unplugging ports using modular design is more conducive to later maintenance, replacement! Apple equipped the new MacBook Air with a small fan. Next, disassemble the speakers, a tight layout, fixed by adhesive, good thing are equipped with adhesive pull tabs, although not as good as screws, but still more convenient!

However, if it requires repeated repairs, the adhesive’s utility will be compromised. Next, disassemble the touchpad! The new MacBook Air’s touchpad is “pressed” beneath the motherboard and must be disconnected first, after which you can pull out the touch from the C side, and the inner pattern of the touch panel is.. hmm…

The next step is to remove the power supply, which is held together with screws and adhesives and is easy to remove. The new MacBook Air has a 49.9Wh battery, which is comparable to Dell’s new XPS 13’s 52Wh battery, Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2’s 45.2Wh battery, and HP’s upcoming Spectre x360’s 43.7Wh battery.

Touch ID sensor is still fixed in various ways; for example, after removing the sub-circuit board with 3.5mm headphone jack, the screen can be taken down directly; and finally, send a family photo of the new MacBook Air completely disassembled!

The new MacBook Air received a 3 out of 10 repairability score from iFixit (the higher the score, the easier it is to repair). The modular design of the new MacBook Air’s fans, ports, and speakers is an advantage. Furthermore, despite the use of pentalobe screws, accessing the computer’s interior is not difficult. The machine’s battery is held in place by screws and simple adhesives, and it only needs to be replaced after the motherboard and speakers have been removed.

The new MacBook Air’s design adds to the difficulty of repairing it: several disks are integrated into the body, requiring complete disassembly to repair; and, as a notebook starting at nearly $10,000, the memory and storage are onboard and cannot be replaced or upgraded, making it a difficult sell!