Mid-2011 MacBook Air Teardown

iFixit has torn apart yet another Apple product to take a peek at the goodies inside. The mid-2011 Air houses an Intel i5/i7 processor, 2/4GB of DDR3 RAM, Thunderbolt, and either a 128 or 256GB SSD. This time around, the solid state storage is not soldered to the motherboard, so it can be user-upgraded. The same cannot be said for the RAM, but 2 gigabytes should be more than enough for most lightweight computing. The Air only received a 4 out of 10 for repairability, so keep the torx in the toolbox unless you really need to pop the notebook open.

MacBook Air 13″ Mid 2011 Repairability: 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

  • Once you manage to take off the bottom cover, all the parts are pretty easily replaceable.
  • Opening the bottom cover is quite difficult if you don’t have the right screwdriver. It’s clear that Apple didn’t want people to open their machine.
  • All the components — including RAM and SSD — are proprietary, meaning that no off-the-shelf parts will work in it without serious rigging.


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