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iFixit opens a new 13-inch MacBook Air and finds that its SSD is not soldered to the logic board [atualizado]

And the tradition remains: with each new release of Apple hardware, the guys at iFixit soon put their hands on the machine to penetrate its insides, in its famous teardowns. The first victim of yesterday's news was the 13-inch MacBook Air.

MacBook Air 13 opened by iFixit

Perhaps the great discovery of the process was that the SSD (flash memory) is not soldered to the logic board, that is, it can be easily replaced by users although this is not covered by the warranty. Other World Computing (OWC), famous for offering upgrade options for Macs, is already preparing for this.

Other highlights:

  • The machine as a whole is very similar to the previous one, but Apple has brought ?substantial? improvements to its chipset and I / O controllers.
  • The graphics chipset is now part of the CPU, which freed up a good space on the logic board.
  • The battery of the previous model was A1377, the new A1405.
  • It was not yet this time that Apple migrated to SSDs Toggle DDR 2.0, as rumored speculated.
  • Unlike flash memory, the RAM remains soldered to the logic board and cannot be upgraded.
  • As we highlighted yesterday, there is a Bluetooth 4.0 chip (BCM20702) from Broadcom.
  • The system of backlight The keyboard consists of several optical fiber channels, so that the lighting is distributed equally to all keys.
  • Even these new Airs do not have FaceTime HD cameras, probably because the display is very thin.

Check out some more photos:

MacBook Air 13 opened by iFixit

MacBook Air 13 opened by iFixit

MacBook Air 13 opened by iFixit

MacBook Air 13 opened by iFixit

MacBook Air 13 opened by iFixit

Nice, very beautiful.

Update

IFixit published a video summarizing the disassembly process for the new Air:

The guys already have a Mac mini in hand too, but they did not give a forecast of when they will publish his findings and photos.