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iFixit rates the 2013 Macbook Air, 4 out of 10 for repairability

iFixit is known for its step by step tear downs and this time around they have got their hands on the new Macbook Air 2013.

2013 macbook air tear down

Apple announced the new Macbook Air just two days back at the WWDC and explained some of the features of the device. But naturally, they did not reveal the entire specs of the device and this tear down by iFixit will give us an idea of what’s inside the new Macbook Air.

First of all, let’s see what Apple revealed about the new Macbook Air at WWDC.

  • Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD Graphics 5000
  • 13.3 inch display with a resolution of 1140×900
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 128GB flash storage (45% faster)
  • 802.11ac Wifi connectivity
  • Dual Microphones

When you compare the old Macbook Air and the new Macbook Air externally, you won’t see much difference but the internal components of the 2013 Macbook Air are quite different than the old one.

Some of the most visible changes in the new Macbook Air are:

  • Updated Airport Card
  • Different Heat Sink clamp
  • Smaller SSD module
  • No separate platform controller hub

As you can guess, the improved 12 hour battery life of the device is not just due to the energy efficient Haswell processors. Apple has packed in a larger battery in the new device, a 7.6V 7150mAh battery instead of the 7.3V 6700 mAh battery. Also, the 45% faster flash drive means a newer flash storage and in this Macbook Air, Apple has resorted to Samsung for their fast flash drives.  

iFixit rates the 2013 Macbook Air 4 out of 10 in terms of reparability. The lack of upgradability of components like RAM and the lack of compatibility of various internal components like SSD with previous generations were some of the drawback of the device.

Check out the iFixit page for full analysis of the 2013 Macbook air tear down.

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