Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

Summary: TechRepublic's Bill Detwiler cracks open Apple's 2011 11-inch MacBook Air. Inside the ultra-thin notebook he found hardware from Intel, Samsung, and Broadcom.

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  • Why is storage still a big deal?

    We all use the internet. I take photos or shoot videos. No reason to store them on a machine that can be stolen.
    Maybe it is SpeedBump : a ridiculously high price for 256GB but feels cheap getting the 64GB so they expect everybody to get the most profitable 128GB...
    ingle
    • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

      @ingle For Apple to replace the White 13" Macbook with this is a joke. You get less storage by far and its very expensive to upgrade, the screen is smaller and so what you get a lighter and somewhat expensive netbook in its place. What a joke!
      jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
      • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

        @jscott418 That's rubbish. The speed and performance of the 3rd gen MacBook Air is leaps and bounds beyond any netbook. It is lacking in storage but comparing the new Air to a netbook is a joke.
        heathmaxie
  • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

    Funny that looks [s]exactly[/s] strangely like Dell parts?

    Oh my bad! It is a PC after all. They are manufactured by the same people (FOXCONN) using OEM similar components available to all in the same factories in China...

    [i]~~~~~~~~~~
    The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
    ~ Winston Churchill[/i]
    WinTard
    • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

      @WinTard I bought my Mac for the design, but your fooling yourself if you think the hardware is any better then a Dell.<br>I fix Mac's and know first hand their is nothing special inside anymore. Was not always that way. But it is now.
      jscott418-22447200638980614791982928182376
  • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

    Back in the 80's Volvo engines had a reputation for being unbreakable while Renault's couldn't go further than 70K miles. How come, since they were the same engines? Yup, Renault, Peugeot, Volvo used the same engines in some cars. Somebody has an answer? That will tell you why Dell is always in the shop while Macs are virtually never, while using the same parts. Know the difference between engineering and assembling?
    todaline@...
    • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

      @todaline@... Very nice analogy... +2 for you :)
      heathmaxie
  • Memory

    Stupid that Apple soldered the memory chips instead of making it modular
    sjanofsky@...
    • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

      @sjanofsky@... They figured out people would upgrade later when chips will be cheaper. In order to extract more money ( earlier ) and kill some cheap updates after, they solder it.
      bvukov@...
      • RE: Cracking open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 11-inch)

        @bvukov@... Socketing the chips would make it stick up off the mainboard higher. They are trying to flatten the design of the board so the Air can remain thin.
        bobfastner
  • Disposable?

    Ultra-efficient means it has lost the modular design we all love.<br><br>It is more disposable than upgradeable.
    albionstreet