11" MacBook Air Gets Torn Down

Posted: Oct 21 2010, 2:58pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2010, 5:12pm CDT , in Apple


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11" MacBook Air Gets Torn Down

It is hard to get into.

Ooh mama, here's something for those of you with gadgetlust over Apple's latest announcement. iFixit has managed to get a hold of an 11.6" model of the new MacBook Air. They reveal everything in the box and show the size differences between this generation of Air and the last one.

The new Air will not be easy to get into. Apple screwed the cases together with 5-point Security Torx, which require specialized tools to open. The iFixit crew had to file a flathead into shape, something the average buyer is unlikely to try. The battery is as large as Jobs promised, taking up a good 2/3rds of the internal cavity.

While the SSD board is apparently easy to swap, it is screwed in by more Torx. The drive itself is a custom part, and the Logic Board is also held in by Torx. The message is clear. Apple does not want end-users mucking around inside their machines.

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