The MacBook teardown found that Apple's latest laptop shares a layout closer to an iPad than to a Mac.
While that shouldn't surprise anyone who read our MacBook review, the details are still fascinating. For instance, the battery connector was hidden under the logic board, similar to that of the iPad. The logic board itself is 67 percent smaller than what is found on the 11-inch MacBook Air, which was possible in part due to Intel's low-power Core M CPUs. Other findings include a battery assembly that is affixed to the lower part of the MacBook with adhesive and a display assembly that's fused into a single unit. Here are the parts iFixit found on the logic board:
- Intel SR23G Core M-5Y31 CPU (Dual-Core, 1.1 GHz, Turbo Boost up to 2.4 GHz) with Intel HD Graphics 5300
- SK Hynix H9TKNNN4GDMRRR-NGM 4 Gb (512 MB) LPDDR3-SDRAM
- Toshiba TH58TFT0DFKLAVF 128 GB SLC NAND Flash
- Elpida/Micron J4216EFBG-GNL-F DDR3 SDRAM
- Broadcom BCM15700A2, appears to be a wireless networking chipset
- Murata 339S0250 (Likely an iteration of the 339S02541 Wi-Fi module found in the iPad Air 2)
- 980 YFE TM4EA231 H6ZXRI 49AQN5W GI
The Force Touch trackpad was interesting as well:
- Broadcom BCM5976 touchscreen controller
- ST Microelectronics 32F103 ARM Cortex-M based microcontroller
- Linear Technology LT3954 LED Converter with Internal PWM Generator
iFixit, of course, assigned the new MacBook a "repairability" score of 1/10. That reflects nothing more nor less than iFixit's desire to get into Apple's devices and Apple's desire to handle repairs themselves via AppleCare instead.