Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

Summary: Bill Detwiler cracks open Apple's 2011 13-inch MacBook Air. Inside the ultra-thin notebook he found hardware from Intel, Toshiba, Hynix, and Broadcom.

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  • Our 13-inch 2011 MacBook Air has the same basic dimensions as the 13-inch 2010 model. The 2011 Air measures 0.11-0.68 inch (H) x 12.8 inches (W) x 8.94 inches (D). It weighs 2.96 pounds.

    Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic
    Caption by: Bill Detwiler

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

    and how much these few parts cost ?
    AdnanPirota
    • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

      @AdnanPirota

      Probably about 1/3rd of what Apple wants to charge for them.
      Lerianis10
      • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

        @Lerianis10 That's make sense !!! And quite cheap if you ask me.
        If you produce tech and distribute, you better get that much profit. Produce new tech you better double or triple the cost price. Remember the cost of your designers and research.
        To distribute 30% is fair enough.
        Voltus
  • This is it. This is the limit of the technically possible.

    Awesome piece of technology. It can't be put further. That oughta be enough for every computer user.

    By the way, nice from Apple to make an extra PCB for the ports. If they are worn out, you don't need to buy a new motherboard. Nice.
    MatiriNYC
  • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

    I paid $32.68 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, BidsNew. com
    Kristie89
    • Obvious spam

      @Kristie89 Go away--ListMom, please delete.
      frabjous
    • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

      @Kristie89
      Go play with your toys and leave the grown-ups alone, please.
      dwighthendricks
  • Resistor off?

    Slide # 48; is that right? I've only very rarely seen a resistor sitting at an angle like that unless it has been misplaced.
    radsdau
    • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

      @radsdau@... <br>it can not be misplaced, it's an Apple.<br>so it must be a spare part somehow.<br>It's optional, so if you want to use it they will charge you for it.<br><br>but most prob. the P&P machine lost this part (0402 / 0201?) and dropped it.<br>On the other side of the chip you can see a place where it is missing something?<br>very well spotted btw!!
      Galdang
  • RE: Cracking Open the Apple MacBook Air (2011 13-inch)

    So now that you can open the darn thing, can you turn it into a monster. IE: add a bigger HD,etc?
    walkedtallstoopedover