Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022, 16:29 Mac: Hardware

iFixit Finds Surprise Inside MacBook Air M2

There's already been quite a bit of information about the new MacBook Air M2 circulating in the tech media, particularly user experience reports during daily usage. However, there haven't been many reports detailing the new device's interior – although iFixit, as expected, has just come out with a new teardown to remedy this. As early as the introduction, the site mentions that it is obviously aware of the absence of an active cooling system in the new device – however, there's also surprisingly little to be found in the way of even a passive cooling system as well.

No Cooling System At All
Apparently, Apple constructed the device without reliance on common heat pipes or heat sinks. Only a very thin graphite band and thermal paste seem to be necessary to control the M2 chip's heat development. As the repair specialists themselves said: "Maybe the M2 Air is secretly an iPad … or maybe Apple is just letting it run hot."

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Lots Of Screws – & Lots Of Praise
There's a pretty large amount of screws in the way of each component. However, anyone familiar with device construction or repairs knows that although this may make accessing the device a little bit more tasking, it's at least possible – unlike with builds of the past that have frequently been glued together for the most part. Over the previous years, this has made repairing Apple devices alone at best difficult and at worst entirely impossible. iFixit found special praise for the connection ports, which are installed modularly rather than being glued – making replacement of defects much easier to perform. Exactly why Apple has installed an accelerometer in the device isn't clear, however – and Apple has not documented the component anywhere.



The logic board, with an easily recognizable M2 chip.


Battery Construction
As usual, the largest component within the device is the battery. The battery built into the MacBook Air M2 comes with a capacity of 52.6 Wh and consists of 4 individual cells – which are connected in such a manner that it actually looks like a triple cell layout. Apple yet again relies on repair-friendly screws and any additional glue pads are easily removable. All of the mounting brackets are constructed such that they're easily reusable. Although this point may sound a little obvious, Cupertino hasn't always followed the same philosophy in the past with previous models.



Conclusion: "Shadow Of The Original Retina Era Seems To Be Passing"
The release of the first MacBook Air is more than 14 years behind us all, and for those who have followed Apple long enough – it's easy to remember how the device was pulled out of an envelope during its presentation. In conclusion, iFixit notes that one could still house the compact notebook inside an envelope, but there have been some positive improvements to the initial design. The newest iteration of the device still isn't an expanded concept, however, the "shadows" of the early "retina era" seem to be coming to an end – meaning that repairs are now much easier to perform. This wasn't exactly expected, but it's surely a positive development.

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