The new M2 MacBook Air is finally here. And while some customers won’t get it for another month, those who bought it while pre-ordering have now received their new laptop. iFixit also got the M2 MacBook Air to show us full details of what’s inside the new device.
M2 MacBook Air disassemble
Thanks to iFixit, we already got a look at what’s inside the new M2 MacBook Pro – which, unlike the MacBook Air, is basically the same as the previous generation model but with a new chip. 9to5Mac He already shared some photos showing the internal components of the M2 MacBook Air, but an iFixit teardown revealed some surprises.
With an X-ray, iFixit shows one of the major changes in the new MacBook Air: the speakers. Previously, the speakers were placed on the left and right side of the laptop. Now it is placed above the keyboard, hidden between the case and the screen.
Removing the bottom cover of the M2 MacBook Air is made simpler because it now only has four screws instead of ten. While this results in a simpler design, that doesn’t mean this device is easier to fix. Most of the logic board and battery connectors are hidden and shielded, but disconnecting them isn’t entirely difficult.
The logic board is also protected by a metal shield, and it is not surprising that it is very compact. It’s almost as if there was an iPad inside this Mac, which is somewhat true because Macs and iOS devices now share the same architecture with Apple’s Silicon chips. It is also not surprising that the components are soldered to the logic board and cannot be replaced easily.
SSD is slower and … accelerometer
This has already been confirmed by Apple and also by several tech reviewers, but the M2 MacBook Air comes with a single 256GB SSD NAND chip in an entry-level configuration. Just as with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, this results in slower SSD performance than models with two NAND chips combined.
For comparison, while the SSD read speeds on the M1 MacBooks reach nearly 3GB/s, the 256GB SSD in the new M2 MacBooks barely hits 1.5GB/s. That’s half the speed of previous generation MacBooks and more expensive models with more internal storage.
Other tidbits include a new Thunderbolt 3 driver made by Apple instead of Intel, a USI chip for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (not Ultra Wideband) and… an accelerometer. For those unfamiliar, the accelerometer is a sensor used to detect movement. It’s unclear why Apple put one of these sensors inside the Mac. It could be related to a feature that wasn’t rolled out or something that should be detected if a user accidentally dropped the laptop.
iFixit also notes that the M2 MacBook Air lacks a heat diffuser, so it relies exclusively on thermal paste and graphite tape to dissipate heat from the internal components. Some recent tests have revealed that the M2 MacBook Pro does get hotter than the M1 in some situations, and it appears that this could be a problem for M2 MacBook Air users as well — at least when running very demanding tasks.
The 52.6W battery is affixed to the case with adhesive stickers and the Force Touch trackpad can be removed easily. That’s what’s inside the new MacBook Air: a giant battery, trackpad, and an ultra-small logic board with everything soldered to it.
Is the M2 MacBook Air repairable?
While you can replace some components on the new M2 MacBook Air, doing so isn’t entirely certain and requires the right tools. Of course, you can’t replace things like the CPU or the SSD, so we’re talking about the battery, trackpad, speakers, and keyboard.
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Prices for the new MacBook Air start at $1,199 in the United States. Be sure to check out Amazon for special offers on MacBooks.
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