Apple's devices are known to be difficult to open and repair. This can often lead to expensive trips to a nearby Apple Store to have your broken MacBook or iPhone repaired or replaced. The new MacBook Air 2018, however, seems easier to repair than previous MacBooks. IFixit's repair experts have taken the new MacBook Air apart, and while there are still some of the quirks that we expect from Apple, simply replacing parts in devices, such as a glued-on, is the case Battery there are some aspects, such as. For example, a modular Touch ID sensor that makes it easier to repair the MacBook Air 2018.
This does not mean that you can easily open the MacBook Air 2018 itself and add or remove components. But it seems to be a step in the right direction.
The MacBook Air 2018 demolition
First, iFixit looked at the keyboard and, as expected, it's pretty much the same as the new MacBook Pro. It features Apple's Butterfly Switches and a silicone membrane that keeps the buttons down, and should be used as a method to prevent dust and dirt from falling between the buttons and causing problems.
The iFixit crew then opened the body of the MacBook Air 2018. For this they needed a special Pentalobe screwdriver to loosen the screws, but otherwise the process was quite straightforward.
As the site says, "This simple approach brings a smile to our face compared to some of the beak lids we've found recently on MacBooks and MacBook Pros.
With the MacBook Air open, a clear (but compact) array of components is displayed, including a small logic board, a fan, and the speakers (which we found to be one of the highlights of the new MacBook Air in our review) and a "cooler-like" heat sink ".
When iFixit further explored the MacBook Air, the team found that the two Thunderbolt 3 ports were present are modular – a repair frieze The design allows the ports to be easily replaced if they become faulty. The Touch ID sensor is also modular so it can be replaced without having to turn off the entire logic board.
There were also 10 tape strips securing the battery and speakers, and iFixit noted that "just the presence of release glue generally means that at least someone has thought about possible repair and dismantling situations. "
The iFixit team also noticed that the battery of the new MacBook Air sticks to the chassis. As reported by MacRumors, Apple will provide Apple Authorized Service Providers with tools to replace the battery without having to replace the case. This makes it a simpler, cheaper solution that is also better for the environment.
These repairability improvements are welcome, but it's not all good news as iFixit scores the MacBook Air 2018 with a low repair rate of 3 out of 10.
"The Air still uses external Pentalobes to keep you away, and many components are removed for common fixes, and both RAM and memory are soldered to the logic board," iFixit concludes.
So the MacBook Air 2018 is more reparable than previous MacBooks. We are still far from being able to open and repair their own Apple devices. We hope Apple continues to improve the repairability of its products in the future.