MacBook Air M2 screwed on: Tidy and a little surprise

MacBook Air M2 screwed on: Tidy and a little surprise

There is a chip in the new MacBook Air M2 that is a mystery. He was discovered in a so-called teardown video by YouTuber Max Tech. The look under the hood is quite revealing, since the MacBook Air has been fundamentally redesigned and many questions arise as to what exactly Apple has done differently.

If you expect a clear view of the M2 after unscrewing the case, you will be disappointed: Instead, it almost looks as if they are packed up again. Some of these are stickers, like the mainboard, which are apparently also intended to dissipate some heat. Overall, Max Tech states that Apple attaches great importance to tidiness inside. The Thunderbolt ports and jack are easily interchangeable as components and mounted with screws. The different design of the batteries is also striking. While Apple had to rely on a stepped design for earlier MacBook Air models due to the wedge-shaped housing, these are now of uniform size, which should simplify production.

The heart of the computer, the mainboard, is very difficult to remove. Among other things, tiny screws on the display connection ensure that the expansion becomes a sweaty and risky affair. Max Tech suspects that Apple apparently wants to deter them from approaching the mainboard.

One surprise is the discovery of an ultra-wideband chip, such as that found in current iPhones and the Apple Watch, among other things, and which enables easier localization via the “Where is” app. It was not possible to find out more about the find ad hoc, i.e. whether Apple only wanted to make the MacBook Air easier to find at close range. Or whether the chip can do even more, which is not yet officially supported in the software. Rumor has it that the chip might also be important for interaction with future AirPods.

The use of only one NAND chip in the MacBook Air M2 with 256 GB SSD has now also been visually confirmed. As a result, the data rates for reading and writing are lower than in the higher-priced models from 512 gigabytes. And even compared to the predecessor device with the M1, the MacBook Air falls behind in the basic configuration in this point. Unsurprisingly, the SSD is not expandable or replaceable, even for the daring who unscrew the whole device.

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