iFixit is out with its Retina MacBook Air teardown. Whereas there are some notable repairability enhancements, Apple’s latest notebook obtained its lowest marks for non-serviceable, non-replaceable RAM and storage. Nonetheless, total, it scored greater than the 2018 MacBook Professional and the 2017 MacBook.
We heard yesterday that the brand new MacBook Air doesn’t require the entire top case to be replaced when swapping out the battery. It was a welcome, but stunning element for the reason that earlier technology MacBook Air design from 2013 ahead required a brand new prime case with a battery substitute.
iFixit has extra particulars on the battery and way more in its MacBook Air teardown. Beginning on a optimistic word, the brand new MacBook Air opens up simply and all of the ports and related boards aren’t troublesome to exchange.
This MacBook is off to a superb begin so far as we’re involved—all of the ports sit on their very own boards and are simply replaceable.
Subsequent the teardown revealed replaceable audio system and battery.
Persevering with the repair-friendly (or a minimum of friendlier) development, we discover stretchy adhesive pull tabs below these elongated audio system!
Adhesive pull strips below the MacBook Air audio system
The battery makes use of each six adhesive strips and 4 screws to maintain it safe. In distinction to these two elements being comparatively straightforward to exchange, the trackpad is a distinct story.
In contrast to the newer MacBooks Pro, which have first-step replaceable trackpads, this trackpad shares a cable with the keyboard, which is pinned below the logic board.
Different downsides embody non-upgradeable/non-servicable RAM and storage, however total iFixit got here away optimistic that Apple might provide higher repairability sooner or later.
Sadly, you’ll nonetheless must work round pentalobes, and neither storage nor RAM is upgradable. Although this replace appears to favor skilled technicians greater than the typical DIYer, we’re hoping it’s step one again towards repairable MacBooks.
With a lot of Apple’s different notebooks receiving repairability scores of 1/10, the MacBook Air has made some progress with a rating of three/10.
Take a look at the total Retina MacBook Air teardown here.
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