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New MacBook Air gets it's insides prodded

MacBook Air gets taken apart, Humpty Dumpty is not impressed
By: Anthony Garreffa | Laptops News | Posted: Oct 26, 2010 4:10 am

As with other Apple devices of late, the new MacBook Air has been taken down a dark alley, bashed across the head and taken advantage of - but, in a good way.




We knew this before, but with it being opened it's now confirmed - the new MacBook Air is next to impossible to do self-service on, as it uses mostly propriety components. The interior is secured using five-sided Torx T5 screws - where as the rest of the components are so customised that it would be near impossible to find them in a parts store.


Interestingly, the SSD is what most people (as well as myself) want to see, instead of the standard 2.5" SATA SSD drive - they use a unique Toshiba SSD, looks purdy!




It uses a Toshiba T6UG1XBG SSD controller - which is found in many other SSD drives.


Space-saving techniques used were the usual Apple way, of installing the components like Tetris pieces - without the cool nostalgic music in the backround. The largest component is the battery cells - which have been split into more than one to spread out for maximum balance and heat dispersion. The batteries consist of total 35 watt-hours, the power consumption sitting at 7W when idle and 50 milliwatts when sleeping - what helps this is the LED backlighting, low-voltage processor and SSD storage.



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