Yesterday, we talked here about the batteries of the new MacBooks Air, which, for the first time in many years on Apple handhelds, may be replaced on a standalone basis by authorized service providers. top case (which involves the lower aluminum housing, keyboard and trackpad) is no longer needed for the process.
With the news, I wondered if we were seeing a change in Apple's approach to the repairability of its computers. Well, we still don't have a definite answer on the subject, but today the folks at iFixit made his traditional dismantling of the new MacBook Air and came to bring considerations on the subject.
The process for opening Ma's new portable machine is not much different from the models we already know, using the (extremely specific) screws pentalobe. When removing the bottom cover, we come across the traditional combo of huge batteries and tiny logic board; here we also have a particular looking radiator heat sink.
The keyboard is the same as the latest MacBooks Pro, with the third-generation butterfly mechanism and silicon membrane that protects it from debris and prevents (or doesn't) the dreaded #butterflygate.
IFixit praised quite a few points, starting with the machine's modularity: battery, trackpad, Touch ID and Thunderbolt ports are all easily replaceable as they are not welded to any other part of the chassis. In addition, while various machine components continue to be secured with adhesives (the battery, for example), Apple is now including tabs that allow the user / technician to easily pull these straps to release them, making repairs much easier.
Speaking of battery power, the component brings 49.9Wh of capacity to put into perspective, slightly less than that of the Dell XPS 13 (52Wh), but larger than that of the Surface Laptop 2 (45.2Wh).
MacBook Air has faster processors than both machines and has the same longevity (at least according to Apple), however.
In the end, iFixit gave the new MacBook Air a repairability index. 3, in 10 possible points. Not an enviable score after all, even if we have some good improvements here, computers still have RAM and storage soldered on the logic board, and stickers are still not the best way to build if we think about repairs; the integrated keyboard top case It doesn't help either. Still, one step further.