Self-repair firm iFixit confirmed that the new 13-inch MacBook Air is two times faster than 11-inch version, as announced by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) during the Apple Watch event. The firm compared the SSD speeds of the models for testing the claim and explains the new Force Touch trackpad after the teardown.
The MacBook Air features Intel 6000 graphics and Broadwell processors with updated processors. However the 13-inch version includes a PCIe-based flash upgrade that provides the extra speed and is not included in the 12-inch version. The 11-inch MacBook Air has a write speed of 315MB/sec and a read speed of 668MB/sec while the 13-inch version has a write speed of 629.9MB/sec and a read speed of 1,85.4MB/sec, which proves Apple claim of “up to two times faster” 13-inch version.
The new Force Touch trackpad in the MacBook Air is no longer hinged and has the ability to provide tactile feedback, letting you “feel” the processes on-screen. The teardown revealed the presence of four springs instead of hinges and the ‘Haptic Engine’ is a set of wires coiled around a magnet for vibrational feedback. Strain gauges inside metal supports provide the ability to detect pressure and there no moving parts.
The teardown also revealed that the battery was not glued, allowing for easier repair, unlike the MacBook Retina Pro which has the battery glued to the frame. Battery capacity remains unchanged and feature the same model numbers, A1465 and A1466. There were no major noticeable changes in the build of the laptop. The MacBook Air received a score of 4/10 based on the repair ability. However, removing the exterior casing requires a special screwdriver, causing difficulties during self repair.
The 13-inch MacBook Air, available at online and Apple retail stores, starts from $999 and a 512GB flash storage upgrade will cost $1,199.