iFixit teardown shows the inside of the M2 MacBook Air

iFixit teardown shows the inside of the M2 MacBook Air

The new M2 MacBook Air is finally here. And although some customers will not get it until another month, those who bought it during pre-order have now got their new laptop. iFixit also got its hands on the M2 MacBook Air to show us a complete breakdown of what’s inside the new computer.

M2 MacBook Air tear down

Thanks to iFixit, we’ve already looked at what’s inside the new M2 MacBook Pro – which, unlike the MacBook Air, is basically the same model as the previous generation, but with a new chip. 9to5Mac had already shared some photos showing the internal components of the M2 MacBook Air, but the iFixit’s demolition revealed some surprises.

Through an X-ray, iFixit shows one of the main changes in this new MacBook Air: the speakers. Previously, the speakers were located on the left and right sides of the laptop. Now they are located above the keyboard, hidden between the cover and the screen.

Removing the bottom cover of the M2 MacBook Air was just as easy as it now has only four screws instead of ten. Although this results in a much more minimalist design, it does not mean that this machine is easier to repair. Most of the logic board and battery connectors are hidden and protected, but disconnecting them is not exactly difficult.

The logic board is also protected by a metal shield, and it is not surprisingly extremely compact. Almost as if there was an iPad inside this Mac, which is quite true since Macs and iOS devices now share the same architecture with Apple Silicon chips. Not surprisingly, the components are soldered to the logic board and cannot be easily replaced.

A slower SSD and … an accelerometer

This had already been confirmed by Apple and also by several technical reviewers, but the M2 MacBook Air comes with a single 256 GB NAND chip for the SSD in the entry-level configuration. Just like with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, this results in slower SSD performance compared to models that have two NAND chips combined.

In comparison, while the read speeds of the SSD found in the M1 MacBooks reach almost 3 GB / s, the 256 GB SSD in the new M2 MacBooks reaches barely 1.5 GB / s. That’s half the speed of the previous-generation MacBook and the more expensive models with larger internal storage.

The iFixit breakdown shows that there is not much inside the new M2 MacBook Air.

Other goodies include a new Thunderbolt 3 driver made by Apple instead of Intel, a USI chip for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (and no ultra-broadband) and … an accelerometer. For those unfamiliar, an accelerometer is a sensor used to detect movement. It is unclear why Apple placed one of these sensors in a Mac. It may be related to an unreleased feature or something to detect if the user has accidentally lost the laptop.

iFixit also notes that the M2 MacBook Air lacks a heat spreader, so it relies solely on thermal paste and graphite tape to dissipate heat from internal components. Some recent tests have revealed that the M2 MacBook Pro gets hotter than the M1 model in some situations, and it seems that this can be a problem for M2 MacBook Air users as well – at least when running super demanding tasks.

The 52.6 Wh battery is glued to the cover with self-adhesive stickers and the Force Touch trackpad can be easily removed. So that’s what’s inside the new MacBook Air: a giant battery, a trackpad and a super-compact logic board with everything soldered on.

Can the M2 MacBook Air be repaired?

Although you can replace some of the components on the new M2 MacBook Air, it is not entirely safe to do so and requires the right tools. Of course, you can not replace things like CPU or SSD, so we are talking about 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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