The same thing every year: Apple launches a new product and iFixit runs to get their hands on it to take it apart! It was no different with the new MacBook Air, which is already available on the Brazilian Apple Online Store.
The main changes were the adoption of Intel's new generation of processors, faster SSDs, the incorporation of two microphones and the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. Despite this, the model identification remains the same: A1466. With that in mind, we will highlight these changes in the engineering of the machine from the last model.
Outside, there are no changes except for the ports of the two microphones, which are almost imperceptible. Access to the interior continues through special style screws pentalobe.
In the image above we can see the difference between the 2012 model (left) and 2013 (right). And there are only a few, as I said: a smaller SSD module, modified AirPort, integrated control platform, new clamp to dissipate heat and changes to the speaker connector. Despite being practically the same size, the battery has improved a lot, too (the current one has 7.6V, 7.150mAh against 7.3V, 6.700mAh from the previous model).
Guess who is the manufacturer of the new SSD modules (PCIe, and no longer SATA), which are 45% faster than the previous ones! Samsung. Asian is responsible for supplying the flash controller (S4LN053X01-8030, ARM), flash storage (K9LDGY8SIC-XCK0, 8x16GB) and RAM (K4P2G324ED, 512MB).
AirPort features Broadcom's BCM4360 chip, which operates at 5GHz and can reach speeds of up to 1.3Gbps in addition to Bluetooth 4.0 communication and the Skyworks SE5516 module dual-band 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac WLAN.
Just like the MacBook Pro Retina and iPhones, the two microphones help to end the noise of the environment while we are on a so-called FaceTime, for example.
Above, we see the new Core i5 processor (?Haswell?) from Intel and the control platform (PCH), in what appears to be a new design from Intel / Apple.
Besides, everything is very similar to the 2012 model. It looks like it got the same ?repairability? note: 4/10.
For those interested, the video above brings the teardown complete.