It has been around a week since Apple announced the brand-new MacBook Air, a device that hadn’t received an upgrade for almost half a decade. As always, the team at iFixit has gone ahead and tore down the device, and there is something worth rejoicing for Apple users. iFixit team says that the new MacBook Air can easily be repaired when compared to the other laptops that Apple manufactures. It may not be the easiest to be repaired laptop, because that position is reserved for the Apple MacBook, released back in 2015.
Nevertheless, it is good that you don’t have to run to the Apple Care Center for repairing the device. This is going to help pro users who want to repair components in the device. iFixit teardown is also mentioning how Apple has made this possible. It says that the Paulo Alto company has used adhesive trips in making this device. In the previous models, some solvents were used for joining parts, which made it really tough to take them off. There were earlier reports that the new MacBook Air battery would be easily removable; the same has been confirmed by iFixit.
There is more good news for pro users out there. For instance, the new MacBook is using different boards for different parts such as the Touch ID module. This will create a scenario where a user won’t have to repair or replace the entire logic board just because a port has been damaged. In short, the repairability of the new MacBook Air is higher when compared to that of other Apple products. When compared to laptops from non-Apple manufacturers, however, the story is different. The device has a score of 3/10, which is relatively lower and iFixit says that Apple should have used reusable screws instead of the adhesive strips.
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