Yesterday started official sales of the MacBook Air in 2018, and already today the specialists of iFixit has fully disassembled the new Apple laptop, and found out some features of new product design and evaluated its maintainability. Looking ahead, we can say that to repair the MacBook Air is still very difficult.
According to experts iFixit, in its new laptop Apple has made some right steps, which simplifies maintenance. In particular, kupertinovtsy facilitate the process of replacing Thunderbolt ports 3, introduced a new method of mounting the battery, and not have to unsolder the Touch ID on the motherboard.
However, all this does not mean that MacBook Air can be easily dismantled and repaired. Apple still continues to use a large number of non-standard fasteners and small parts which complicate access to the individual components. In addition, maintainability of the device is negatively affected by the fact that the main chip and the memory controller is soldered on the motherboard, and in the event of a problem with one of the components will have to change the entire Board as a whole.
In the end, the specialists of iFixit rated the repairability of Apple’s new computer in 3 points out of a possible 10. Recall that the previous generation of MacBook Air has also not been particularly maintainability. In particular, the 2015 model year received only 4 points out of a possible 10.