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New MacBook Air has already been dismantled by iFixit; know the news of the machine

It’s the same thing every year: Apple launches a new product and iFixit runs to get their hands on it in order to … take it apart! It was no different with the new MacBook Air, which is now available on the Brazilian Apple Online Store.

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

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 machine engineering compared to the latest model.

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

Outside, no changes – with the exception of the ports of the two microphones, almost imperceptible. Access to the interior continues through special style screws “Pentalobe”.

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

In the image above we can see the difference between the 2012 model (left) and 2013 (right). And there are 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).

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

Guess who is the manufacturer of the new SSD modules (PCIe, not SATA anymore), which are 45% faster than the previous ones! Samsung. The Asian is responsible for supplying the flash controller (S4LN053X01-8030, ARM), flash storage (K9LDGY8SIC-XCK0, 8x16GB) and RAM (K4P2G324ED, 512MB).

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

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.

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

Just like the MacBook Pro Retina and iPhones, the two microphones help to eliminate ambient noise while we are on a FaceTime call, for example.

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

Above, we see the new processor (“Haswell”) Core i5 from Intel and the control platform (PCH), in what is apparently a new design from Intel / Apple.

Disassembly of the MacBook Air (2013) - iFixit

Besides, everything is very similar to the 2012 model. So similar that it got the same “repairability” note: 4/10.

For those interested, the video above brings the teardown complete. ?