Apple announced new models of the MacBook Air 11-inch and 13-inch on Monday during the WWDC keynote, and as we’ve come to expect, it didn’t take very long for iFixit to get their hands on one and take it apart.The new Airs are being marketed by Apple as having much longer battery life (12 hours on the 13-inch model), Intel’s new, faster and lower power Haswell processors, and a much faster SSD than the previous generation laptops.Apple’s products never score high for repairability, and the new Airs are no exception. You still need a special tool to get the case open, the RAM is soldered in place, and many of the components are proprietary. The updated components inside are also different sizes to the previous models, meaning you don’t have an upgrade path. Overall, iFixit awarded the MacBook Air 2013 a score of 4/10 for repairability.As to interesting discoveries iFixit made inside the new Air, there were a few. Top of the list has to be the fact that 12 hour battery life hasn’t just come from switching over to Intel’s Haswell processors. Apple has managed to increase the size of the battery, too. It’s now a 7.6V 7150mAh battery where as the older model only used a 7.3V 6700mAh solution.The claimed faster all-flash storage has been achieved by switching from a SATA to a PCIe SSD. The old model used a Toshiba SATA-connected SSD, but Apple has called upon its rival Samsung for a PCIe SSD part this time, which also managed to be smaller than the one used in last year’s Air.Other things worth mentioning are the redesigned Airport card that allows 802.11ac connectivity and fits in last year’s Air logic board, but is too long to be seated correctly. The iSight camera cable connector has been removed, and the dual microphone design is just a simple extension to last year’s component. Finally, the heatsink now extends to cover both the Haswell processor and platform controller hub, which is a better cooling solution than last year’s Air.So overall, if you’re about to purchase a MacBook Air it was worth waiting for the improvements included in the latest model. But make sure you get the options you want when purchasing, as there’s no way you can upgrade components later on.
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