Apple’s MacBook Air teardown notes and photos

Experience Apple’s thinnovation with iFixit’s teardown of Apple’s MacBook Air.

MacBook Air’s battery is attached to the case by 9 screws. Since the bottom case is held down by 10 screws, “that’s 19 screws to remove the battery. Replacing the battery is straightforward, but not something you’ll be doing when your battery dies mid-flight,” iFixit reports.

“It won’t be long before we, along with the rest of the Mac market, will be selling replacement batteries for this machine,” iFixit reports.

“The heat sink is made of very thin aluminum and looks totally different from anything we’ve seen in a Mac before,” iFixit reports.

“We found a Broadcom BCM5974 touch screen controller chip on the interconnect board,” iFixit reports. “This is the same chip you’ll find in the iPhone and iPod Touch.”

Full teardown notes and photos here.


  1. I want to see them put that baby back together again and fire it up.

    I got a kick out of the picture of the Air on top of the MacBook.
    And people are pissed off because this level of innovation costs $1,799. Talk about a lack of perspective.

  2. Ummm… I’m not sure why there is such a fuss over being able to change a battery in the middle of an airline flight. Most of the longer haul planes have electrical outlets available so you can use your power adapter directly. And that includes economy class. So what is the issue here?

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