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After a long wait, Apple finally updated the MacBook Air, what secrets are hidden in this laptop? iFixit has completed the detailed teardown of MacBook Air. The New MacBook Air has new mold models of A1932 and 3184. Many of the components in the new MacBook Air are modular in design and easy to replace.

The teardown of the MacBook Air is very simple. Unscrew the back screw and you can see the inside of the chassis. Secure the motherboards are only 6 screws and some connectors. Even though the MacBook Air's motherboard is tiny, there are many chips on it: Intel's i5 processor, Apple's security T2 chip, 128GB flash drive, and Thunderbolt 3 controller.

However, the keyboard is integrated into the case. If it is broken, it needs to be replaced as a whole, and the memory can't be upgraded by itself. The battery, on the other hand, did not use the adhesives, rather just some adhesive tabs, easy to replace! The speaker is not glued to the back case, so once the tabs pulled out, you can replace the speaker straightforward.

MacBook Air's Retina display is quite similar to MacBook Pro, but does not support wide color gamut, while the maximum brightness is only 300 nits, whereas Pro is 500 nits. In general, iFixt give the repair score of 3 out of 10, meaning to repair this machine is not really fun experience after all.

Apple's cheapest and newest smartphone, iPhone XR, officially launched today, whilst users are hands-on this device, iFixit also picked up one, and as always, they did a traditional teardown that designed to find out what's inside the $749 handsets and specs info.



iFixt says though the inside is little different from the high-end iPhone XS, the specs look quite familiar. The difference is that the SIM tray in the iPhone XR is modular and lower, the internals of the Xr looks like a cross between an iPhone 8 and an iPhone X, meaning it backs to a rectangular battery and a logic board design.

Spec wise, it pretty much identical to the iPhone XS series, with an A12 Bionic chip, an Apple/USI 339S00580 WiFi/Bluetooth module, an NXP 100VB27 NFC controller, same 7MP TrueDepth front-facing camera system with Face ID molecules, same single-lens 12MP camera but packed with 3GB of RAM rather than 4GB of RAM in the iPhone XS, low resolution Liquid Retina LCD display with 326 PPi, and a 2942mAh battery capacity.


Updates:, the teardown has completed, so iFixit calls iPhone XR as the Lost Of iPhone 9, meaning it's mix of between last year's iPhone 8 and iPhone X, they further confirm that the device has a same wide-angle camera as on the XS. At last, the site highlights that even though XR battery weighs lighter than the XS, still very respectable for a low pixel screen.

According to Apple's internal memo to its retail stores and Atutozied Providers, the iMac Pro and the 2018 MacBook Pro must pass Apple's diagnostics to complete certain repairs due to the existence of the Apple T2 chip. However, iFixit said the new policy isn't taking effect yet, which means that at least it is still possible to replace the parts by other repair shops.


The leaked document shows that in the case of the 2018 MacBook Pro, this involves repairing the screen, the logic board, the Touch ID, and the top case (including the keyboard, battery, trackpad, and speakers). For the iMac Pro, only the logic board and flash memory repair are involved in the upcoming policy.

Apple's diagnostic tool suite is available only to the retail stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers and is part of the Apple Service Toolkit. Therefore, third-party independent service without Apple certification may not be able to repair the above components of these devices.

To validate Apple's new policy, iFixit purchased a brand new 13-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pro and replaced the screen, there was no problem after the repair was completed whatsoever. They swapped logic boards between the MacBook Pros and saw the same results.

Image Via MacRumors
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