Apple's Mid-2013 MacBook Air Gets Teardown Treatment

Apple may not have announced the Haswell MacBook Pros that folks were expecting (or hoping for), but the company did announce two new Haswell-powered MacBook Airs (a 13-inch and an 11-inch model) at WWDC this week. The new MacBook Air, of course, features Intel's new 4th generation Core i-series of CPU, but processor aside, is it any different to the previous generation of MacBook Air?

 

Actually, it is. Apple on Monday talked about longer battery life and 802.11ac WiFi as well as new Intel HD Graphics 5000. Getting down to the nitty, gritty, though, the team from iFixit performed their usual teardown and paid special attention to any differences between the new mid-2013 13-inch MacBook Air and the last gen model. What they spotted was a smaller SSD module, updated AirPort card, no separate platform controller hub, a new heat sink clamp, and an opposite-facing speaker cable connector as well as a few other changes. The battery in the new 13-inch model, which Apple says will boost battery life from seven to 12 hours, is a 7.6 V, 7150 mAh battery compared to 2012's 7.3 V, 6700 mAh.

Check out the full teardown over on iFixit. They have quite the gallery of gory photos.

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  • According to ifixit, it uses the i5-4250U 1.3/2.6GHZ processor with HD 5000 graphics
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  • Love my MB Air. The new 12 hour battery life is awesome but I can live with what I got :)
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