Engineers at iFixit have turned their devices over to Apple’s new M2-powered MacBook Air after finding a shocking lack of cooling.
Before cracking the Beast open, the Teardown team took a moment to marvel at the amount of ports locked into a machine that’s even thinner than its predecessor, the return of MagSafe, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and more. – surprisingly enough for an Apple product – a headphone jack.
iFixit said the Air’s interior is secured with four screws on the bottom, releasing a frustrating amount of force. After some difficulty locating the battery connector, which was placed under some brackets and a “neat little trap door,” the teardown could begin once it was safely disconnected.
The engineer then turned his attention to the logic board, which was removed by dealing with more brackets and screws. The clip-on shield sent in, the team was incredibly eager to find a minimal cooling system. Wandering around the empty space left for the “SSD chip we didn’t pay for”, iFixit started scraping around for the heat spreader, but found only thermal paste and graphite tape.
“What’s with this big difference? How does this thing cool down?” He asked. “The M2 is efficient, but this shield is very thin, so it’s not going to help much – and the case is lighter than last year’s… Maybe the M2 Air is secretly an iPad… or maybe Apple.” Letting it run hot.”
Apple’s new ARM-based chip is really efficient, and the company has made sure everyone knows it, claiming that the processor is Intel’s 12-core Core i7-powered processor, using just a quarter of the rival chip’s. Offers 87 percent of the 1260P’s peak performance. Power.
So while Intel has the M2 beat, it’s not sniffing at such performance metrics at around 15W of power consumption. We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that Apple probably knows what it’s doing when it comes to backing the cooling system.
Looking at the logic board, iFixit was able to identify, among other things:
Answer on a postcard for an accelerometer. Moving forward, iFixit was able to free the trackpad via screws, washers, and an “annoying cable,” but there was some difficulty removing the four speakers due to a screw hidden under the laptop’s hinge cover. The team notes that Apple has changed its take on audio, with the speakers pumping sound between the case and display through a grille instead of a perforated top case. “Apple’s obsession with sound still stands out, and they sound great,” he said.
However, the audio board and port tell a different story. The audio board’s adhered, but comes right up. Even better, every single port — the fading headphone jack, the Prodigal MagSafe charger, and both USB-C ports — is modular, and not glued down. We like to see it We do!” Likewise, the TouchID button “conveniently” came out through the top case.
As for the battery, then, and iFixit wondered if it fell a bit short compared to previous Air models. The four cells are secured to the case by a mix of screws, stretch-release adhesive, and a metal tray. The specs on the rear give a power rating of 52.6Wh. iFixit said the top two cells are wired in parallel and the bottom two in series, making it act like a three-cell battery. “Maybe don’t think too much about why; it doesn’t even make sense to us.”
As for the display, it pulled right in once those fiddly hinge covers were removed.
This is iFixit’s preliminary test of the machine, so it didn’t provide the coveted repairability score, but the team recognizes that the Mac Air “is moving in a positive direction these days — for more and better ports, a better keyboard, and more.” return more repairable idea.”
However, he questioned the reliability of a “fanless, heatspreader-less, non-upgradable laptop”. Time will tell, but think of the blissful silence without the fan whistling incessantly. Apple, on the other hand, will be providing parts for the M2 Air, so at least it’s designed with some repair potential in mind, and iFixit’s video of the operation shows some real struggle. Cupertino has come a long way from the impenetrable, impenetrable black box of old.