iFixit repair disassembled the new MacBook Air M2 to reveal what’s inside. one of the main changes in this new MacBook Air is the speakers.
In a four minutes videos, the results simply show some minimal design with an accelerometer and a simple cooling mechanism. It doesn’t mean this machine is easier to repair. Most of the logic board and battery connectors are hidden and protected, but disconnecting them isn’t very difficult.
The Macbook Air logic board is compact and protected by a metal shield which is also not surprising that the Cupertino company soldered the components to the logic board.
As confirmed by Apple, iFixit findings reveal that the MacBook Air M2 comes with a single 256GB NAND chip for the SSD in its entry-level configuration. Similar to the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, this results in slower SSD performance than models with two NAND chips combined.
While the read speeds of the MacBook M1’s SSD reach nearly 3GB/s, the 256GB SSD in the new MacBook M2 hardly reaches up to 1.5GB/s. Basically, half the speed of the previous generation MacBooks and the more expensive M2 models with large internal memory.
The MacBook Air M2 includes a new Thunderbolt 3 driver manufactured by Apple instead of Intel, a USI chip for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (and no ultra-wideband), and an accelerometer, a sensor used to detect motion. It is uncertain why Apple has inserted one of these sensors inside a Mac, but it could be related to an unreleased feature or to a system that detects during service if the user accidentally dropped the Mac.
iFixit also notes that the MacBook Air M2 does not have a heat sink, so it relies solely on thermal paste and graphite tape to decrease the heat from internal components. Pending further testing, the MacBook Air M2 is likely to heat up much more than fan-equipped MacBook Pro M2s, at least when performing super-demanding tasks.
Apple glued the 52.6 Wh battery to the case with stickers, and the Force Touch trackpad is easily removable.
Is the MacBook Air M2 repairable? While you can replace some components, doing so is not exactly safe and requires the right tools. Obviously, Apple can not replace stuff like the CPU or SSD, So we’re talking about the battery, trackpad, speakers, and keyboard.
The new MacBook Air 2022 with an M2 chip starts at $1,199 for the 256GB version and $1,499 for the 512GB version. On Amazon, the new MacBook Air 2022 is already available at the same list prices but with the advantage of being able to pay the amount in installments directly with Amazon and without interest.