Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)
In July 2011, Apple released the 3nd generation MacBook Air. As with the 2nd generation Airs, the 2011 notebooks are available in 11-inch (A1370) and 13-inch (A1369) models. We cracked open the 1st generation MacBook Air (released in 2008) and 2nd generation MacBook Airs (released in 2010). And earlier this year, I cracked open the 13-inch 2011 MacBook Air.
Follow along as we go inside Apple's ultra-thin laptop.
To disassemble the new MacBook Air you'll need a screwdriver with Torx T5 and T8 bits and either a very small Phillips screwdriver or special pentalobe bit.
For a more in-depth analysis of the hardware inside the MacBook Air, check out my post, MacBook Air (2011 11-inch) Teardown: Ultra-efficient internal design.
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Caption by: Bill Detwiler
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. He was most recently Managing Editor for TechRepublic Pro. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.
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the description for a picture as Broadcom BCM5976A0KUB2G (etc) would be much Better listed as Broadcom BCM5976A0KUB2G Broadcom's Touch Pad Controller, etc just giving part numbers does not help when people are reading to get to know the inside of the machine
This is lame. Dismantling a newly purchased laptop and have it cannibalized just to see what is inside the laptop. - Randall Alifano
It would be a pain if you want to change your SSD with all those screws. -Online Reputation Management