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  • New 2015 MacBook Air Gets the iFixit Teardown Treatment; Small Tweaks, Mostly the Same

    Alongside the new MacBook that everyone's ranting and raving about from the 'Spring Forward' event Apple held this Monday, Apple also unveiled updated models of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, which were given hardware spec bumps.

    The 2015 MacBook Air didn't receive the Force Touch feature that the new 2015 MacBook comes with, although the new 2015 MacBook Pro did. iFixit's latest tear-downs shows us the guts of the new 2015 11" and 13" MacBook Airs and shows us exactly what Apple actually put into the new 11" and 13" 2015 MacBook Airs.

    First it should be noted that if you were expected any huge changes, you will be disappointed, as Apple appears to have kept the exact same case design, same battery, and many other same components from the previous generation. One thing Apple has bumped up, however, is the new processor within, which is now a Broadwell Intel Core M processor.

    iFixit notes that no adhesive is used for the batteries, so replacements are incredibly easy. The 11" 2015 MacBook Air keeps the same solid state storage as last year, but the 13" 2015 MacBook Air has been given a much faster solid state storage (up to two-times faster), which adds to the speed of the machine. The 13" 2015 MacBook Air also has Intel HD Graphics 6000, which gives it a performance edge in graphics for games and rendering.

    Apart from these minor tweaks, the two new machines are mostly un-changed from the previous models and retain the same 4 out of 10 repairability score from the iFixit team. iFixit likes that the main components are easy to access and replace, but on the negative side of things, pentalobe screws are required to open the case, proprietary means are used for storage and memory, and that because of soldering hardware to the logic board, upgrades are not possible.

    It's also worth noting that recent Geekbench score tests reveal hardly any changes in performance between the 2014 and 2015 models of the MacBook Air, and even the MacBook Pro, despite the use of the new Broadwell Intel processors.

    Sources: iFixit 1 and 2
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New 2015 MacBook Air Gets the iFixit Teardown Treatment; Small Tweaks, Mostly the Same started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. dmoore210's Avatar
      dmoore210 -
      Huh? The 2015 MacBook AIR has a small bump in the processor now being the 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 5250U processor, with integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000.
      The 2015 MacBook Standard, has the inferior Intel Core M processor.
    1. chinu007's Avatar
      chinu007 -
      Yup, the MacBook Ais has been upgraded with i5 and i7 Processors and not an Intel Core M.