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  • Apple’s 11.6-Inch MacBook Air Gets a Teardown


    Every time a new Apple product is released, iFixIt is there with teardown details for the world to enjoy. With the release of new MacBook Air models, iFixIt have once again given us a peek inside the mystery that is an Apple product. Apple continues to miniaturize integrated circuits and Macs have become less and less user serviceable as a result. These new models are no exception, iFixIt have given this new model a reparability score of 4 out of 10. The higher the score, the easier it is to repair.

    Inside the new MacBook Air, there are six separate lithium-polymer battery cells that take up a large amount of room inside the aluminum unibody enclosure. The 64GB of onboard memory is made up of four, 16GB flash memory chips. Toshiba makes the solid-state controllers. The drive measures a mere 2.45 mm and only weighs 10 grams. The last MacBook Air model had a hard drive measuring 5.12 mm and weighted 45grams.



    The tiny Logic board contains an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz processor (Red), NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics chips (Orange), 2GB of RAM (Yellow), and a few other controller chips as well. I find it quite amazing that the brains of a Mac can fit on such a small bit of circuit board.



    MacBook Air models don’t include an optical drive, so including reinstall software on a DVD would be quite useless. Apple has instead decided to include a USB flash drive with software to reinstall Snow Leopard and iLife ’11. The 8GB USB drive is bootable as well, which is a nice touch if you run into disk troubles down the road. The drive is read-only, so installing any diagnostic software of your own is not possible. I hope USB reinstall disks become the standard on all Mac models in the future.



    With the release of this new 11.6-inch MacBook Air model, Apple has chosen not to call it what it really is, an Apple netbook. The iPad was supposed to be Apple’s answer to the netbook, but I think this fits the bill much better. It’s a full-fledged Mac with a tiny footprint and Apple has lowered the price about as low as they’re going to go. With instant boot times and an attractive feature sets, I think Apple has raised the bar once again on what a compact notebook computer can be. I think my next MacBook might just be this model or the 13.3-inch one. Tough decision.

    Source: iFixIt
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple’s 11.6-Inch MacBook Air Gets a Teardown started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. dotFIVE's Avatar
      dotFIVE -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigdaddyrob2g View Post
      The installation flash drive is sweet. I hope that's how 10.7 is sold. 8 minute OS install. Can't beat that.
      8 minutes?! Oh baby... no more camping out for the one hour OS upgrades.


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    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      In case anyone cares the Apple store will not stock any Airs with 4GB RAM so you will have to order one instead. I was very sad today when I didn't come home with a new toy.


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    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      In case anyone cares the Apple store will not stock any Airs with 4GB RAM so you will have to order one instead. I was very sad today when I didn't come home with a new toy.


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      My wifes gets here tomorrow. I'll post a review.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Only if it had a backlit keyboard, it's iPad 2 or next years Air, hopefully with a backlit keyboard.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doran View Post
      I hate being middle class......
      For sure. Because I want one so bad
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Always love to see the insides of an Apple device, particularly one as revolutionary as this.