2013 MacBook Air refresh is awkward to mend


By Posted 12 Jun 2013, 13:04

The Surface Pro from Microsoft could not even score a 2 on reparability, so we knew from the start that the 2013 MacBook Air refresh would do better. However, it’s still not as good as you would hope, and so this latest Apple update is still awkward to mend, unlike the very popular Galaxy S4.

For years iFixit has got great satisfaction from tearing devices apart, and so we know they would not hang around when it came to taking the new 2014 MacBook Air apart. While the model is not that different to 2012 model, there are three changes we know of, and that is the processor, which has been upgraded to the new Haswell chips, a faster 802.11ac WiFi chip, and finally a smaller SSD, although not in terms of capacity.

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Sorry, almost forgot that larger 7,150mAh battery, which has helped to increase the battery life compared to the 2012 model, which you can see in a comparison of the two models here. We know you are wondering why the low reparability score of 4?

There are several reasons why, the first is because Apple insists on using proprietary screws in the build process, but it is the lack of upgradeability with the SSD and RAM that is the biggest issue here.

iFixit has 15 steps as part of this 2013 MacBook Air refresh teardown, but please don’t try it yourself.

On another note, it’s clear to see that this new model is more of an evolution, and not the revolution that we wanted to see. The design has been used for a few years now, and we wonder what Apple plan to do next? We have to wonder if it is now time that Apple rethink things and do away with the MacBook Air, and just make the more powerful MacBook Pro slightly thinner and lighter?

2013 MacBook Air refresh is awkward to mend